A-Level Physics Required Practicals
About this project
As of September 2015, practical work in A-Level Physics is no longer assessed through examination – but it’s still a core part of the curriculum. We’ve been keeping a close eye on the support and resources available to teachers, and we think there’s a gap. To start filling it, we’ve teamed up with physics teacher Alom Shaha and educational charity Physics Partners to produce a series of films, building on the approach of Alom’s previous films about physics demonstrations.
We’ve been joined in the project with financial and editorial input from The Ogden Trust.
As of December 2016, four films are complete, with three more in post-production.
g via free fall
EMF and Internal Resistance
Written support resources will follow!
If you think the style of these films is somehow familiar, that’ll be because Alom’s previously made a whole raft of videos about practical demonstrations with film-maker Jonathan Sanderson, who’s currently working for… you guessed it, Think Physics. Most of the films are collected at the National STEM Centre library, but some have appeared on YouTube.
The films are used by teachers and teacher trainers world-wide, and we love to hear your stories about how you’re putting them to use, tips and techniques you have to do the demonstrations better, and comments and criticisms for how the films could be more useful.
Alom and Jonathan also made a longer video essay about the use of demonstrations in the science classroom. Demo: The Movie has been particularly popular with PGCE course leaders for prompting discussion.
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