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13th East Midlands Network Day

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Uppingham School

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Tips and practical ideas to put into use in your classroom straight away for anyone involved in teaching or supporting physics

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With plenary sessions, workshops and 'speed physics' - everyone involved with teaching and supporting physics will find plenty of practical tips to put to use straight away. Physics specialists, non-specialist teachers, technicians - all are welcome to join in with this invaluable full day of CPD brought to you free of charge by the Institute of Physics at the award-winning Science Centre at Uppingham School.

This year, Liz Parvin of the Open University will be delivering a plenary session on 'Medical Physics'. Participants will then choose three workshops from a choice of nine on offer including two 'make and take' sessions. The day concludes with 'speed physics' (8 ideas presented in 5 minutes each) and a free raffle.

The full programme is as follows:

  • 09:30 - Arrival and coffee
  • 10:00 - Plenary session: Medical Physics - Liz Parvin, OU
  • 10:50 - Workshop 1 *
  • 11:45 - Workshop 2 *
  • 12:40 - LUNCH (sandwich lunch provided)
  • 13:20 - Workshop 3*
  • 14:15 - Speed Physics (8 ideas, 8 presenters, 5 minutes each)
  • 15:00 - Free raffle
  • 15:20 - Close

There is limited parking at the venue. Trains arrive into Oakham station from Peterborough and Leicester. We may be able to offer a minibus from Oakham station for those pre-booking this option. Please ensure that you indicate this on your booking form.

*Workshop choices are

  • A Make-and-Take: Particle Accelerator The ‘accelerator bowl’ is a model of a particle accelerator that can be used to explain the workings of real machines like Diamond and the Large Hadron Collider. Although it’s a very simple model, by discussing the similarities and differences between this and a real accelerator we can understand a lot of the Physics involved in these intriguing machines. You will also build a model of a linear accelerator which you can take away. Key Stages 4,5 - Neal Gupta (IOP Teacher Network Coordinator, Derby)
  • B New Make-and-Take Selection Come and make some super simple stuff inspired by physics, and take away for immediate use in class. Discuss how you can use the equipment as demonstrations to illustrate principles from a range of topics in a simple way, and yet challenge students of all ages. Equipment provided. Key Stages 3,4 - Sue Woolhouse (IOP Physics Coach, Loughborough) and Susan Mighall (IOP School-based Coach)
  • C Maths in Physics This workshop will explore strategies to support learners of all abilities access the increased mathematical demand of the recently changed GCSE Science (9-1) curriculum - particularly in Physics. It will involve thinking about the difficulties students face, exploring pedagogies from Science and Maths to address these and suggest ways in which both Science and Maths teachers might discuss working together to support attainment in both subjects. Key Stages 3,4 - Dan Cottle (IOP Network Coordinator, Birmingham, Lecturer in Secondary Ed. (Physics))
  • D Forces and Flight In this session, we'll build cheap and simple gliders, suitable for class or STEM club. We'll discuss lift and weight, and thrust and drag, as balanced or unbalanced forces. Then extend to conservation of momentum, and thermodynamics of the aircraft engine. Opportunities for arranging school visits to local aircraft museums will be outlined. Key Stages 3,4,5 - Richard Bonella (IOP Network Coordinator, Shrewsbury)
  • E Waves and Radiation through Medical contexts So many elements of the curriculum have a medical application, and students find the medical context inherently interesting. We will give you a range of practical ideas that you can take back to the classroom and share with colleagues. Key Stages 3,4 - Dr Abby Bell (Head of Science, Sir Christopher Hatton School, Wellingborough) and Ian Cooper (Retired Physics teacher, Wellingborough)
  • F Magnetism and Electromagnetism A series of innovative demonstrations and experiments with magnetic fields, which will allow you to emphasise the standard curriculum content, and stretch the more able of all ages. Find out how to source low-cost resources, and try the experiments for yourself. Key Stages 3,4,5 - Dave Cotton (IOP Teacher Network Coordinator, Preston, Lancs)
  • G Using Video Analysis for Motion experiments This is a hands-on session, where you will be able to try the experiments, practise using the VidAnalysis mobile app and ‘Tracker’ software to generate a data set, and discuss the merits of different options for analysis. David and Peter will give hints and tips for successful use of this free software for your classes. Key Stages 3,4,5 - David Ceclich (IOP School-based Coach, Lincoln) and Peter Tiktin (IOP Physics Coach, Nuneaton)
  • H Clinic – Find some answers to your own questions A team of experienced IOP coaches and a technician will be available to answer your questions on any aspect of the physics curriculum. Whether you would like to have a 1:1 session to improve your subject knowledge in a particular topic, or get some new ideas for different ways of approaching material with your classes, we will try to meet your requests. Key Stages 3,4,5 - Team led by Giles Ennis (IOP School-based Coach)
  • I Workshop for CPD leaders (available only in workshop session 1) - If you teach children, and also lead cpd sessions for teachers of physics, you are most welcome to come to this workshop. We will take a topic, outline some activities that might be used in a session with teachers, and discuss alternatives/models/problems/strengths and means of presentation. An opportunity to meet other teacher/coaches. Ian Horsewell (IOP Midlands Project Lead)
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