Sound Wave
Light, Sound and Waves

Think again - about hearing

Teaching Guidance for 5-11 11-14 Supporting Physics Teaching

Pupils' views on how we hear

Our experience tells us that there is not a big variation in the views that children of this age bring to their science lessons. Nevertheless, it is a good idea to probe the understanding of your pupils at the start of any lesson sequence or module.

Here is a sheet that might be used to probe pupils' thinking on sound, allowing them to show what they understand. Included are the responses of six pupils to the sheet.

Support sheet

See if you can spot any common patterns, things to avoid and things you'd want to reinforce in your teaching.


Download the support sheet / student worksheet for this activity.

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