Heliocentric Model of the Solar System
Earth and Space

Things you'll need to decide on as you plan: The Solar System and Beyond

Teaching Guidance for 11-14 Supporting Physics Teaching

Bringing together two sets of constraints

Focusing on the learners:

Distinguishing–eliciting–connecting. How to:

  • distinguish between stars, planets and other astronomical objects
  • make the scales of distances and times meaningful
  • avoid getting buried in the history
  • enliven the physics using the history

Teacher Tip: These are all related to findings about children's ideas from research. The teaching activities will provide some suggestions. So will colleagues, near and far.

Focusing on the physics:

Representing–noticing–recording. How to:

  • make older theories intelligible and credible
  • link how we know to what we know
  • present a credible, yet lightweight, philosophy of physics

Teacher Tip: Connecting what is experienced with what is written and drawn is essential to making sense of the connections between the theoretical world of physics and the lived-in world of the children. Don't forget to exemplify this action.

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