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12 July 2021 - 17 July 2021
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North West Summer IOP online CPD Bonanza

Join the North West Team for a week of CPD for all physics teachers, trainees and technicians. There will be sessions on many different areas of physics. The speakers will welcome any questions and there will be opportunities to join breakout rooms for further discussions. The keynote this year will be the Anthony Waterhouse Fellowship “Tones Tines and Tings”. A historic journey through the ideas of tone with lots of demonstrations and ideas applicable to the classroom. As always, we will have a session on sustainability, something that is very important to our students and their future.

Register at the bottom of the page.

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Physics of the Weather – Monday 12 July, 4.30 – 5.30pm 

The weather is a constant source of conversation and affects us every day. In this session we will look at the physics behind different weather phenomena, how we might use these as examples in the classroom and how we can collect and use data about the weather to allow students to develop their working scientifically skills. Suitable for teachers of physics at KS3, KS4 and KS5.

Primary Transition and KS3 Wonder – Tuesday 13 July, 6.30-7.30pm

Alom Shaha has been making resources for science teachers for many years. Alom’s latest ventures have been collating fun, cheap, and, best of all, ‘easy’ to organise practical activities that are ideal for Y6/7 transition days and instilling some awe and wonder at KS3. Come along and see how you can use the ideas and activities in your classroom. Attendance will enter you in a raffle, with a chance to receive one of Alom’s books. https://alomshaha.com/books/

Suitable for all teachers of KS3 (age range 11-14) and any primary teachers engaged in the teaching of science.

The Physics of Gliding – Wednesday 14 July, 4-5pm

An exciting opportunity to discuss the application of Physics to gliding. Plenty of interesting context for your Physics teaching, including  Energy stores, Forces & turning forces, Kinematics, Materials and properties.  In this session, we’ll be looking at what keeps gliders in the air, under control and flying safely. Suitable for teachers of physics at KS3, KS4 and KS5.

A Book at Bedtime – Thursday 15 July, 7-8pm

Join the IOP’s Dr Mark Whalley and friends for a session on great books for students and physics teachers. Books both old and new. See how ideas from these books can be applied in the classroom. Books can be a great source of historical information and good demonstrations. Attendance will enter you into a raffle for some books both new and some old classics that have been sourced. Suitable for teachers of physics at KS3, KS4 and KS5.

Tales from the Fireside – Friday 16 July, 5-6pm

Hear some great stories to enhance the teaching of physics including tales from Richard Brock’s ‘Stories from Physics’ booklets. This session will be hosted by IOP coaches Dorian Pascoe, Joe Rowing and David Cotton. Suitable for teachers of physics at KS3, KS4 and KS5.

Radioactivity – Saturday 17 July, 9-10am

Radioactivity is like magic – Stuff transforming from one substance into another! In this session we will have a look at radioactivity and how you can experiment meaningfully without the resources! Suitable for teachers of physics at KS3, KS4 and KS5.

Sustainability Saturday Revisited – Saturday 17 July, 10.30-11.30am

Join Melissa Lord from The Ogden Trust and friends for some great ideas to bring sustainability into the classroom. This is an issue many students are keen to understand and the session will include ideas for projects and experiments and much more. You will find out how to use the web based resource from Lancaster University and The Ogden Trust: Sustainability Physics for Schools. Suitable for teachers of physics at KS3, KS4 and KS5.

Fun with Images – Help with Ray Diagrams – Saturday 17 July, 12-1pm

This session will suit anyone teaching about real and virtual images produced by mirrors and lenses across ages 11-16. There will be demonstrations of simple and fun ideas to use in the lab as well as practical guidance to help teach ray diagrams. Suitable for teachers of physics at KS3 and KS4.

Teaching with Stellarium – Saturday 17 July, 1.30-2.30pm

This session will look at using Stellarium in lessons about Space. Download your own copy of the software from http://stellarium.org/

Suitable for all teachers of KS3, KS4 and the Btec Applied Science course.

Tones Tines and Tings – Saturday 17 July, 6-7pm

This is full of ideas and demonstrations that focus on aspects of sound waves in the curriculum and beyond, e.g. how to turn a tuning fork and a magnet into model guitar pick up! These ideas tell a story based on the development and usage of oscillation and vibration in music and communication. Includes many more ideas using lab equipment and some musical instruments. This presentation has been developed in memory of Anthony Waterhouse, and is supported by the Fellowship scheme offered annually through the Institute of Physics. Suitable for teachers of physics at KS3, KS4 and KS5.


  • Contact Details: suzy.gray@iop.org

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