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Resources to support remote learning

We have collected together useful resources, both from ourselves and others, which can help support science and STEM learning whilst schools are closed. These resources may be of use to students, parents and teachers. We don't endorse these resources, they are ones we think might be useful but, others are available.

Further resources lists put together by our collaborators at SEPnet and the Ogden Trust can be found:

  • LIVE STREAM: The world according to physics

    7:00pm to 8:30pm, Wednesday 8 April 

    Physics is a crucially important science that tells us about the Universe and the nature of reality itself.

    Join Jim Al-Khalili as he explores the fundamental concepts of space, time, energy, and matter, and describes the three pillars of modern physics, quantum theory, relativity, and thermodynamics.

  • Dr Caroline Shenton-Taylor channel: Each week Caroline posts a mix of science vlogs, demos and stories. If you ever wondered what a lecturer gets up to this could be the channel for you 😊.Focused on practical things that might help students so very happy for it to be included to if useful.

  • Did dark matter kill the dinosaurs? A public talk by Dr Michelle Collins, an astronomer at the University of Surrey. Dr Collins next live streamed public talk will be on Monday 13th April.

  • Prof Jim Al-Khalili - a few highlights:

  • As astronomers, we wanted to help families during this period of shutdown. We’re offering virtual Zoom sessions for anything from small groups to virtual classrooms for free. We can talk about astronomy, and we can set fun activities for your kids to try. 
  • Professor Justin Read, astrophysicist and Head of the Department of Physics, University of Surrey, gives an an overview of some of his research into dark matter.
  • The University of Surrey Widening Participation team have prepared a range of resources to help support your learning. We also use twitter and Instagram to post daily activities and challenges.
  • https://pintofscience.co.uk/event/astronaut-live-fun-on-the-international-space-station Tuesday 7th April 2-3pm (BST): Astronaut Steve Swanson
    Fun on the International Space Station - aimed at people aged 6+ years
    YouTube Live Stream - FREE
  • Quick demos and activates developed by the Institute of Physics with videos explaining them, which you can try at home.
  • https://economistfoundation.org/resources/ Resources for teachers, parents and children. Encourage critical thinking at home by receiving a weekly resource bulletin full of engaging, child-led activities.
  • NEW! Weekly STEM challenges from the National Physical Laboratory. As the ‘Home of Measurement’ NPL is keen to promote STEM activities and inspire the next generation. Through these weekly challenges, NPL hopes to create a measurement community that 'virtually' brings science into households, nationally and globally. The first challenge - Break a Flake - goes live on Monday 11 May. Please visit https://www.npl.co.uk/measurement-at-home for further details.

  • ​​British Science Association - Home learning activity packs. They have created a new library of free science-based activities for children to do in line with the national curriculum during the lock down period. https://www.britishscienceassociation.org/news/new-home-based-activity-packs-launched 

GCSE

  • Lewis Matheson who was a physics teacher has GCSE physics tutorials, these can be sorted by curriculum, some are free, but some you have to pay for.

A-level

  • Weekly timetable, daily A-level physics lessons:
    • LEARN - Watch a short video that covers the content
    • PRACTISE - Complete some past exam questions (suitable for all exam boards)
    • REVIEW - check your answers with a daily livestream at 12.00GMT
    • REVISE - Find more videos to support this area
  • If you are a physics student, you will find complete online physics resources, written by experienced specialist physics teachers. The free resources include notes, presentations and exam style questions and are designed to be used independently for self-study.
  • A-level physics online is a set of video tutorials for year 12 and 13. It covers all exam boards and has links to Isaac Physics questions so students can practice what they have learnt. The video tutorials are informative and engaging and are a useful tool for students to revise or for teachers to use flipped learning in their lessons. Year 12 videos can be accessed for free and year 13 videos require a subscription. Created by Ogden partnership teacher Lewis Matheson.
  • Revision website organised by topics.
  • Revision website organised by Exam board and topics.
  • Lewis Matheson who was a physics teacher has A-level physics tutorials, these can be sorted by curriculum, some are free, but some you have to pay for.
  • Isaac physics is designed to offer support and activities in physics problem solving to teachers and students from GCSE level through to university.

  • Our series of Connect Physics workshops are designed for year 8 students, but the activities within them are suitable and adaptable for year 7 students upwards. They are all available on our website, where anyone interested can register as a user and access the resources.
  • Great Science Share for Schools have resources for teachers.
  • TalkPhysics is a place for all those involved in the teaching of pre-19 physics to share ideas, hear about CPD events, network, get advice, and talk physics. Most of their content is hidden behind a login, which means your conversations can’t be accessed by anyone who isn’t a vetted member of the site.

  • A good place to start for support on practical science, design and technology and art (PDF).

  • I’m a Scientist, Stay at home puts school students in direct contact with real scientists. Everyone can take part from home, so it’s especially useful while schools are closed during the Coronavirus pandemic. Students can, Chat with real scientists, in real time, Ask any questions they like, Vote for their favourite scientist of the week. It all happens online. It’s safe and secure. It’s free for UK schools. https://imascientist.org.uk/stayathome/teachers/

Events and workshops

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and following the latest advice from the government relating to large gatherings, we have taken the decision to postpone all events. This decision currently applies to all events scheduled to take place between now and 31 May. Beyond that date, we will continue to follow government advice.