Supporting school and college students to learn physics during COVID-19
Regular updates on how the IOP is supporting schools and colleges during COVID-19 will be posted here.
Resources for remote use with your students, advice and CPD can be found on our COVID-19 support page.
- Light, Sound and Waves
Some further remote teaching resources have also been added to this collection to try to ensure a broad coverage of the national curriculum.
- Do Try This at Home: we need YOU!
We are creating this new series of physics activities and demonstration videos to support parents and carers of primary school-age children across the UK and Ireland - and we are asking you to help us spread the word so we reach as many parents as possible. Our team of expert IOP science communicators will be filming demonstrations in their kitchens and living rooms over the coming weeks, using basic household materials.
Here are the first three:Rubber Band Bass GuitarWaterproof HankyShrinking Coin
- Teacher CPD
We have two IOP National CPD sessions coming up. Both are suitable for teachers from anywhere in the UK and Ireland teaching 11 - 16 year olds.
CircuitsThursday 7 May 4pm - 4.45pm
Bamboozled by bulbs? Worried by wires? This session looks at some of the misconceptions that students have around electricity, how models can help conceptual understanding and some of the best simulations and home-constructed setups to use for students studying at home.The Power of Per – How language can unlock equations in physicsWednesday 13 May 2pm - 2.45pm
Do equations fill your students with dread? Do you feel less happy when teaching equations in physics? Rather than concentrating on algebra, we will look at how language can be effectively used to understand quantitative relationships and bypass equations - it all starts with getting to grips with “per”.
- Home-based resources for teachers of physics
We now have collections of teaching resources (videos, home experiments and questions to test understanding) categorised by physics topic: Earth and SpaceElectricity and MagnetismEnergy and Thermal PhysicsForces and MotionLight, Sound and WavesProperties of MatterQuantum and Nuclear Physics
and by age group:
physics_at_home_for_11-14_year_olds.pdf physics_at_home_for_14-16_year_olds.pdf physics_at_home_for_16-19_year_olds.pdf
The Welsh government has a consultation open, setting out how standardisation and appeals will work for this year’s GCSE, AS and A level grades, following the cancellation of exams due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Replies by 13 May.
- At Home: Practical Activities
This week, we have begun a new remote teaching collection which makes use of equipment that can be found in the home. Each activity in the At Home collection includes teacher notes and student instructions. First up is Elastic Band Universe where students build a model universe using washers and elastic bands - you can use it to introduce Hubble’s law. We'll be adding more so keep checking.
- Let us know what you need - teacher survey
The IOP recognises the disruption the COVID-19 situation is causing to our community and we want to offer effective support where we can. We are consulting a wide cross-section of the physics community to understand their needs and priorities. As a teacher of physics, we would really like your input via our survey (closes Friday 1 May). It should take you no more than 20 minutes to complete - many thanks in advance for your time.
- Teacher CPD
We held a successful online session on Teaching Sound held for over 40 teachers this week. There will be a similar event on Thursday 30 April at 11 am. Find and book for this and other CPD sessions and workshops.
Our teacher discussion forum has been very active in the past few weeks. There are lots of live threads discussing teaching during COVID-19 with threads including resources tailored for Wales and Scotland and lots of ideas and other suggestions. Register or log in.
- IOPSpark remote learning resource update
We have added more recommended resources to our collections of home learning materials. Below are new sections and materials added this week. Scroll down to the update from 14 April to find the resources already available. We will keep adding to these resources pages and will keep you updated on what’s new via this page.Forces and Motion
Further experiments, videos and question sets added.Light, Sound and Waves
Further experiments, videos and question sets added.
Watch out for Pinhole Photography Day on Sunday 26th April!Properties of Matter
- ExperimentsQuantum and Nuclear
IOP-recommended home-learning resources
We hope you are doing OK and have had a relaxing break. Over the past few weeks, we have been pulling together our favourite resources which can be used to support physics home-learning. Some are IOP resources, others are from fellow STEM organisations but all have been tried and tested by our expert physics teachers.
To make it easy to find what you need for your students, we have organised the resources by physics topic, then categorised by key stage or age range and then by type of resource (videos to support remote teaching & learning, experiments & simulations that students can do at home and questions to test understanding). We will keep adding to these resources pages and will keep you updated on what’s new via this page.
Earth and Space
Electricity and magnetism
Energy and Thermal Physics
Forces and Motion
Light, sound and waves
Properties of Matter
Government guidance on education and examinations during COVID-19
- The Department for Education has included the IOP's resources in the secondary science section of itsCOVID-19 list of educational resources for home education
- Ofqual have launched a consultation about the grading system for this summer's exams. The IOP will be submitting an official response.
- Announcement (10 April) that state examinations have been postponed
- Education Minister Peter Weir has outlined the process for students completing GCSE and A level qualifications in 2020
- Education Scotland's has issued some guidance for home learning
- The Welsh government has announced that A-level and GCSE results days will remain unchanged on 13 and 20 August respectively.
You can find updated information from the individual exam boards across the UK and Ireland on the Royal Society of Biology's website
What else is new:
- The Association for Science Education's journals are now free to access. Explore the ASE's growing portal of resources.
This week, the IOP teaching team have been busy gathering more resources and planning support for teachers to help with remote learning. We have also been talking to policy makers and major stakeholders about what support is needed for teachers and pupils in these challenging times. We will be working through the Easter break to ensure there is as much support as possible available - and that we are all as prepared as we can be for the new term.
- Physics at home resources for 16-18 year-olds
More videos to support remote teaching and learning listed
We’ve added more home experiments - no eggs required!
IOP online CPD & support drop-in sessions are being added daily
Ofqual guidance on examination grading has now been published.
Please do scroll down to see resources and support from previous weeks.
And we hope you have a restful - and healthy - break!
Here is the first in a series of regular updates where the IOP teaching team will recommend ways to support home-based teaching and learning.
- Physics at home resources for 11-14 year-olds
- Physics at home resources for 14-16 year-olds
- Videos to support remote teaching and learning (phenomena, lectures, talks, lessons and practicals)
Support for schools and colleges from other science education organisations:
This is a really challenging time for teachers, technicians and students; and the IOP teaching team are looking at how we might be able to help during the period in which most students, teachers and technicians will be based at home. Specifically, we are aiming to:
continue our support for teachers of physics by moving some of our workshops online;
- develop some advice and guidance for teachers on how to best use online tools to work with your students;
- recommend activities that you can do with your students whilst they are at home.
We will post weekly updates here. And we will continue to tweet through @IOPTeaching.
Join teachers of physics, technicians, and their supporters on our online community, TalkPhysics, and share your experiences, resources or questions today.