Energy is an important idea in all branches of science, so it is important that we teach the concept rigorously. There is mounting evidence, however, that we are sending our students off down the wrong tracks when we teach them about energy. The new National Curriculum in England has addressed this and now focuses on ‘differences’ rather than ‘transformations’. Indeed, there is no mention of ‘forms of energy’ in the document.
This twilight session will discuss the new set of ideas and give us a way of talking about events and processes clearly and consistently in energy terms. It will also show how the new paradigm allows the transition to quantitative discussions about energy at key stage 4 to take place more easily.
This session is open to all teachers of ‘Energy’ regardless of experience/specialism.