A Progression Model for Forces from EYFS to KS2

I suspect that many reception and primary colleagues worry about teaching physics. It’s a shame, because physics isn’t as tricky as it sounds or looks.

Adding an arrow makes the diagram more abstract.

If this is you, I thought I’d try to write some documents you could use alongside your lessons to emphasise the key ideas which they will find useful later on. You’ll probably think you are doing this already (in which case, I hope this is reassuring). Or it might suggest small tweaks which will hopefully make a big difference.

The first one I’ve written is on forces (link here). I’ve planned out the key things I want pupils from EYFS to KS2 to know and be able to do. I’ve suggested ways to point out to children what forces are involved in their daily activities and to encourage them to think about those forces from a young age.

I’ve also suggested a pathway to help you think about how to help your learners develop their abstract understanding of forces with drawings and gestures.

I intend to upload similar documents on the following topics:

  • motion
  • electricity
  • space
  • light
  • sound

… and I’d welcome any feedback 🙂


1 Comment

  1. Hi Ben,
    Many thanks for this, it is a great resource. I am a subject leader and this will help me to support other teachers in my school develop children’s ideas about forces which I know they find tricky.

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