About this project
In September 2015, practical work in A-Level Physics stopped being assessed through examination – but was still a core part of the curriculum.
At the time we had been keeping a close eye on the support and resources available to teachers, and we thought that there was a gap. Although there were quite a few resources talking about how to do the assessed practicals, there wasn’t much to support teachers to think about WHY they should do the practical (beyond ‘it’s required’).
So we made a number of short films which we like to think of as ‘online CPD’ – a virtual prep room even – to start a discussion about what teachers might want students to get out of the practicals.
Click through to each of these films for supporting notes and worksheets. We’ll continue adding to this list as we produce more films.
Previous Films – Physics Demonstrations
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, NUSTEM. 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.
DEMO: The Movie
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.