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Cornwall, Devon, Somerset, Gloucestershire, Dorset, Wiltshire, Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Hampshire, Surrey, Sussex, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight

Our workshops are run at no cost to schools or participants. You can also contact your local Physics Network Coordinator to request a workshop on a topic of your choice, or to host a regional session.

EVENTS

EVENT

LOCATION

DATE

DETAILS

Charterhouse School
GU7 2DX

25 February 2017
9.30am - 11.30am

Book your place via Katharine Wilkinson

EVENT FOCUS

Come along to this hands-on workshop. We'll introduce ideas for teaching the electromagnetic spectrum, from radio waves to x rays. These ideas include practical activities, demonstrations, and computer resources to help you make the topic more relevant and interactive for pupils.

Teaching Electricity Using Models

Thornden School
SO53 2DW

1 March 2017
3.45 - 5.15pm

Book via TalkPhysics.

EVENT FOCUS

Teaching circuits can be challenging, as we’re relying on models to explain how they work. In this workshop, we’ll be addressing which models are the best to use and what their limitations are. This event is open to all local science teachers and technicians.

Different Ways of Teaching Energy

Ivybridge Community College
PL21 0FQ

1 March 2017
4.00 - 6.00pm

Book your place via Alastair Cuthbertson.

EVENT FOCUS

Come along for a session of hands-on activities and discussion around teaching energy. Bring along your own ideas - even those that are a little off the wall!
This session is for anyone teaching physics topics at KS3-4: specialists or non-specialists, trainees or experienced.
Refreshments from 4:00, workshop 4:30-6:00.

Charterhouse School
GU7 2DY

4 March 2017
9.30am - 11.30am

Book your place via Katharine Wilkinson.

EVENT FOCUS

Come along to another physics booster session, organised by Physics Network Coordinator Steve Hearn. The programme will concentrate on subject knowledge and developing your insight and understanding.

Maths for KS3/4 Physics - New Approaches

Burgate School
SP6 1EZ

9 March 2017
4pm - 5.30pm

Book via TalkPhyiscs

EVENT FOCUS

In this workshop we will look at how we can provide strategies for our students to increase their understanding and reduce fears around the increased amount of maths in the science curriculum. Here’s some of what we’ll cover:
Why does teaching a=F/m make more sense than F=ma?
Why should we say changing the subject rather than rearranging the equations? How can intuition help solve problems?
These ideas and more will be discussed, and maths teachers are also more than welcome to attend.

The Higher Bits of Physics

The Arnewood School
BH25 6RS

15 March 2017
4pm - 6pm

Book via TalkPhyiscs

EVENT FOCUS

Are you a non-physicist teaching GCSE physics to higher tier? Or a technician supporting physics at this level?

This workshop has two aims. Firstly to develop a solid understanding of the concepts taught in higher tier physics. Then to identify key areas of difficulty for students and to share strategies for helping them to succeed in the classroom.
Topics covered will include transformers, radioactive decay calculations, resolving forces, vector addition, momentum, ray diagrams, wavefront diagrams, radio wave production, Flemming’s left hand rule, electric motors and the generator effect.

This workshop is suited to teachers, trainees and technicians, and there will be a free bag of IOP resources for each delegate.

Charterhouse School
GU7 2DX

18 March 2017
9.30am - 11.30am

Book your place via Katharine Wilkinson.

EVENT FOCUS

Come along to another physics booster session, organised by Physics Network Coordinator Steve Hearn. The programme will concentrate on subject knowledge and developing your insight and understanding.

Energy: New language and New Ideas

Truro College
TR1 3XX

22 March 2017
5.00pm - 7.00pm

Book via TalkPhysics

EVENT FOCUS

Join us for a workshop and discussion about ways to approach the teaching of Energy in the new KS3 and KS4 curriculum. The workshop will focus on replacing the ‘forms of energy’ approach with an understanding of energy stores and pathways. In particular, we will discuss how terminology can best be used to promote student understanding, and throw in some practical ideas for good measure.
Refreshments available from 4:45 pm.

The Wonder of Waves

Truro College
TR1 3XX

17 May 2017
5.00pm - 7.00pm

Book via TalkPhysics

EVENT FOCUS

Join us for an opportunity to discuss how to make the most of teaching about waves at KS3 and KS4. Starting with ideas for making fundamental wave concepts clear, engaging and memorable, we will discuss common misconceptions and offer practical ideas for bringing the theory to life.

Teaching Electricity with Confidence

Truro College
TR1 3XX

14 June 2017
5.00pm - 7.00pm

Book via TalkPhysics.

EVENT FOCUS

Join us for an evening of circuit building and electrical modelling for KS3 and KS4. Electricity is often a confusing topic for pupils. This workshop will focus on building confidence with the abstract ideas and overcoming the practical challenges. We will discuss common misconceptions, helpful ways of modelling electric current and strategies to help pupils make sense of the equations.
Ideal for non-specialists and early career teachers, but experienced physicists might pick up a few new ideas too!
Refreshments available from 4:45 pm.

Annual South West Physics Day

University of Exeter
EX1 2LU

23 June 2017
9am - 3.45pm

Booking opens late April. Register your interest.

EVENT FOCUS

This popular CPD day features a mix of practical workshops, inspiring talks and congenial networking. All teachers of physics, technicians and trainees are welcome. Sessions will include ideas for those new to physics teaching as well as the more experienced, with stimulating material for use in your labs and classrooms with ages 11 upwards.

More details to follow.

Keble College
OX1 3PG

7 - 10 August 2017 (residential)

Book your place via TalkPhysics

EVENT FOCUS

Our First Year programme covers core topics such as electricity, energy and forces. You’ll be exposed to a range of ideas and resources to address physics teaching issues, including gender balance in the classroom.
There will also be a range of social activities for you to enjoy!

Places are currently open to non-specialist teachers of physics in
SPN Partner Schools only.

More information - stimulatingphysics.org/summer-schools

Keble College
OX1 3PG

7 - 10 August 2017 (residential)

Book your place via TalkPhysics

EVENT FOCUS

Our Second Year programme builds on the foundations laid in the first year course and introduces new topics including radioactivity, momentum and electromagnetism. There will also be a range of social activities for you to enjoy!
The second year course is for teachers who've previously attended a first year course. Places are currently open to non-specialist teachers of physics in
SPN Partner Schools only
.

More information - stimulatingphysics.org/summer-schools

St Peter's School
BH14 8UL

Request this workshop in 2017

EVENT FOCUS

Making something abstract concrete is a useful tool for those teaching physics. Cloud chambers allow students to see the paths that ionising radiation has travelled. In this workshop you get to make a take-away cloud chamber big enough for a group of people to see into. You'll also get ideas for getting the most out of your dry ice.

Con or fusing? Teaching KS3 Electricity

South Molton Community College
EX36 4LA

Request this workshop in 2017

EVENT FOCUS

Join us for another no-cost CPD session provided by the Stimulating Physics Network. This event is run by Physics Network Coordinator Alastair Cuthbertson.

Your regional team


Suzy Gray

Higher Education Liaison Officer

s.gray@soton.ac.uk

02380 592 624

Trevor Plant

TLC Team Leader

trevor.plant@iop.org

07850 311 229

Lawrence Cattermole

TLC Deputy Team Leader

lawrence.cattermole@iop.org

07850 311 905

Teaching and Learning Coaches (IOP)

Neil Atkin

neil.atkin@iop.org

07540 203 722

Alessio Bernardelli

alessio.bernardelli@iop.org

07525 631 483

Bill Gott

william.gott@iop.org

07850 311 910

Colin Piper

colin.piper@iop.org

07769 755 056

Joanna Kent

joanna.kent@iop.org

07540 204 087

School-based Physics Coach and Lead School

Jill Noakes, Truro & Penwith College

jillnoakes@truro-penwith.ac.uk

Link Schools with Adviser

Catherine Bickley, Bohunt School

cbickley@bohunt.hants.sch.uk

Isabelle Parks, The Arnewood School Academy

i.parkes@arnewood.hants.sch.uk

Physics Network Coordinators

Alessio Bernardelli

alessio.bernardelli@iop.org

Alastair Cuthbertson

mandacuthbertson@gmail.com

Lin Harwood

lin.home@zams.co.uk

Cerian Angharad

cerian.angharad@iop.org

Gender Balance Officers

Nicky Thomas

nicky.thomas@iop.org

 

 

 

 

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