Energy
Energy and Thermal Physics

Home-based resources to support remote teaching of Energy and Thermal Physics

Remote teaching support for 11-14 14-16

A collection of resources on the topic of energy and thermal physics to help support teachers and students whilst educating remotely.

Health and Safety Guidance

These experiments have been selected by trained teachers as appropriate for use at home, but we have not specifically tested them for home use.

All experiments are carried out at your own risk.

To avoid risk of injury or damage, we recommend that you follow the instructions as shown, and that a responsible adult supervises all practical activity and considers the suitability of each task for their child.

Teachers proposing to recommend any resources to their students should:

  1.  work within safety policies established by their school;
  2. use their professional judgement to assess the suitability of experiments for their own students;
  3. direct students and their parents/guardians to follow all stated instructions.
Energy
Energy and Thermal Physics

Videos to support the remote teaching and learning of energy and thermal physics

Remote teaching support for 11-14 14-16 16-19

A selection of videos that are suitable to use remotely with your students.

For students aged 11-16

Videos relating to energy stores

Pendulum demonstration - do you trust in the laws of physics?

Stacked ball drop

Energy song

Coupled pendulum experiment - students could discuss the energy stores involved


Videos relating to Energy resources

Energy use in the home - can bikes be used to power your home?

Why is the atmosphere getting warmer? 


Videos relating to thermal energy

Which freezes faster: hot or cold water?

Fireproof balloon

  • Marvin and Milo flame balloon home experiment -  instructions for students to do this experiment themselves with adult supervision.  All experiments are carried out at your own risk.  To avoid risk of injury or damage, we recommend that you follow the instructions as shown, and that a responsible adult supervises all practical activity and considers the suitability of each task for their child.

For students aged 16-19

Misconceptions about temperature

 

Energy Transferred by Conduction
Energy and Thermal Physics

Home experiments and simulations to support the remote teaching and learning of energy and thermal physics

Remote teaching support for 11-14 14-16

A selection of home experiments and simulations that are suitable to use remotely with your students.

Health and Safety Guidance

These experiments have been selected by trained teachers as appropriate for use at home, but we have not specifically tested them for home use.

All experiments are carried out at your own risk.

To avoid risk of injury or damage, we recommend that you follow the instructions as shown, and that a responsible adult supervises all practical activity and considers the suitability of each task for their child.

Teachers proposing to recommend any resources to their students should:

  1. work within safety policies established by their school;
     
  2. use their professional judgement to assess the suitability of experiments for their own students;
     
  3. direct students and their parents/guardians to follow all stated instructions.

These experiments and online resources are suitable for students aged 11-14 and 14-16:

Energy
Energy and Thermal Physics

Questions to check understanding and support the remote teaching of energy and thermal physics

Remote teaching support for 11-14 14-16

For students aged 14-16:

A small selection of worksheets to support the remote teaching of energy. This list will be added to regularly.

 

For students aged 11-14:

  • Renewable energy island challenge - resources include energy fact cards, a map and information about the needs of different communities.
  • Best Evidence Science Teaching (BEST) - A selection of diagnostic questions, with solutions and suggestions about how to tackle misconceptions, for use with students. A brief selection of some of these questions are given below, but there are many more available on the website (available in both in editable Word and PowerPoint formats). Please note: You may need to create a free STEM Learning account to gain full access to these resources.

 

For students aged 16-19:

  • Star Trek Physics - questions relating to different areas of the A-level specification linking to real applications and to science fiction.

 

More resources, selected for remote use with your students, can be found in COVID-19 support.

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