The mechanics section of the new A level often presents challenging for students who often create a mental block with regards to the topics because ‘they don’t do physics’.  These two webinars will approach the teaching of the mechanics as an extension of the overarching themes (modelling and problem solving). Specific teaching strategies, the importance of using precise language, where students go wrong and insights from the first full exam series. There will also be suggestions of strategies to engage students by giving them useful tools and linking the topics together with a strong overview and structure. The first session will focus on kinematics including projectiles. The content will use examples from exam boards when illustrating key concept

£200 for this series or £110 each. 


  • Better understanding of the subject and how it to structure a coherent approach to the key themes
  • Teaching strategies and resources to raise student understanding and performance
  • Demystify this topic for non specialists and students who ‘hate physics’!
  • Ideas on how to engage students with simple models and processes to decode exam questions
  • Includes exam insights highlighting where students traditionally go wrong in exams
COURSE DATE Online | Wednesday 09 December 2020

Online | Wednesday 16 December 2020

  • All teachers (Raising student performance), Heads of Dept, non specialists
COURSE CODE  8334/8335
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Course
  • A specially prepared folder of detailed notes, practical advice and guidance
  • Notes prepared by the educational experts leading the course
  • Expert produced PowerPoint presentations


Keeping Kinematics simple

Session 1 – Wednesday 25 November 2020

4.00 – 4.05  pm Welcome and Introduction

4.05pm:  Getting the basics right  

  • Key definitions and how to establish them
  • 1 dimensional kinematics with constant acceleration – graphs and formula
  • Decoding exam questions, rubrics to help students 

4.20pm: Non constant acceleration        

  • Making links with calculus
  • Importance of the constant – where students go wrong in the exam
  • Sample exam questions

4.35pm: 2 dimensional challenges                                          

  • Working in 2 dimensions – rules of vectors
  • Simple strategies and simple guidelines
  • Starting positions, initial velocity simple checklists
  • Constant vs non constant questions
  • Exam paper hack to promote problem solving

5.10 pm: Projectiles – a special case                                                      

  • Assumptions and clues
  • Useful tips for setting out
  • Breaking projectile questions down

5.20pm: Q and A

Opportunity to ask any questions and summary of key points

Session 2 – Wednesday 02 December

4.00 – 4.05  pm Welcome and Introduction

4.05pm:  Forces, key principles and language 

  • Key language, concepts and definitions that force first steps in tackling problems
  • Equilibrium, inclined planes and friction, choices to make to introduce
  • Practical demonstrations and videos

4.30 pm: Modelling forces with vector equations

  • Choices to make about your scheme of work
  • Modelling with force vector equations
  • Alternative approaches – equations
  • Rubrics and problem solving

5.05 pm: Moments                         

  • Quick overview
  • Why keeping things vertical and parallel makes sense for modelling
  • 3 equations

5.20 pm: Final observations and Q and A

Opportunity to ask any questions and summary of key points

Alex Jacques-Williams

Alex has recently left teaching after over 20 years in the classroom, he has been an advisor for MEI, a Maths Hub lead and member of various maths panels. His most recent role was Head of Mathematics, and he was also a Maths SLE. He coordinates a network for A level Statistics teachers and has led CPD sessions in problem solving, multiplicative reasoning and curriculum design as well as coaching other Heads of Maths and teachers.