Introduction to Mechanics - Making links with GCSE and Pure Mathematics

Milton Keynes


This course is for teachers who have not previously taught or have recently started teaching mechanics. It will cover the key topics of motion and force which underpin the mechanics content in AS and A Level Mathematics. We will encourage a practical and active approach towards developing understanding. This will include the use of technology, problem-solving, and exploring the links between mechanics and pure and GCSE content. We will conclude the day with a session from Andy Neate of the Open University on the broader context of mechanics including Newton's Laws and the theory of relativity.


  • Consider the 'big ideas' that underpin the mechanics content in A level Mathematics
  • Investigate the links between GCSE Mathematics, pure maths and mechanics
  • Explore teaching strategies such as modelling activities, practical work and use of technology
  • Provide an opportunity to ask questions

Who will benefit from attending?

Teachers who have recently begun, or are preparing to start, teaching the mechanics section of A-Level Mathematics, and more experienced teachers who wish to update their teaching of mechanics.

This course is also suitable for teachers of the higher GCSE who wish to broaden their knowledge.


Motion-time graphs and the language of mechanics.

Constant acceleration: deriving equations and making links.

An introduction to forces: understanding vectors and drawing force diagrams.

Newton’s laws of motion: an introduction to the laws and their applications.

Looking beyond A level to explore the broader context in which this content sits.

Materials and Equipment

It may be helpful to bring a laptop or tablet.


All teachers are eligible to apply, though priority will be given to teachers from state schools. PGCE students are welcome to apply at no cost.

Key Facts

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Curriculum focus:

A level Mathematics

Mathematical focus:

Mechanics, Problem solving

Event format:

Face-to-face Professional Development

Event length:

5 hours


East of England


The Open University,
Walton Hall,
Kents Hill,
Milton Keynes,


Wed 13th Jul 2022

Course times:

09:30 - 15:00



Priority Area subsidy:



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If you have any queries about this event, please do not hesitate to contact:

Kristin Coldwell
[email protected]
01223 764604

The AMSP, through MEI, holds the NCETM CPD Standard

National Centre for Excellence in the teaching of Mathematics

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