Physics GCSE & A-Level Extended Writing System

A method of scaffolding and building up detailed long answer responses. I start with the Exam Question Scaffold GCSE PPT (Same for GCSE and A-Level), then get them to complete an entire scaffold for a couple of the demo questions on copies of it, giving them a time limit for each section.

In practice, I will encourage the pupils to always write a key word per available mark on every extended question they answer in the past papers after I’ve done this lesson, and query those that haven’t done key words - they soon develop the habit.

There is an additional PPT here called ‘Extended Writing Planning Tasks’ for U6 students looking specifically at Mag Fields.

For practice, I strongly recommend the excellent

by the brilliant dwyernathaniel and during exam revision phase each class will start with one of these as a Starter activity.


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