S02E10 CLEAPSS, The Physics Teacher’s Best Friend (and a few Loose Ends)

We have a final missive from Charlie, the response to WTT Ionising Radiation and an Interview with Samir from CLEAPSS.

S02E10 Timestamps

  • Thank you for the jam, Stuart Farmer @
  • Update from Charlie @
  • We love Chemistry and we have imposter Syndrome @
  • Follow up to Ways to teach… Ionising Radiation @ 07:54
  • Freebie from Lewis Matheson of A-Level and GCSE Physics online @13:38
  • CLEAPSS @ 15:30
  • Visiting CERN – please send in ideas @ 29:50

Summary

We have been a bit remiss n keeping up to date with things over the last couple of episodes, so we make amends by catching up with Charlie, who has had some success with his pupils taking physics from the classroom to the rugby pitch. Next we catch up on the Ways to teach… Ionising Radiation episode: we missed a couple of contributions and had an interesting follow up email from Friend of the Podcast, John Hamilton grumbling about gamma.

Friend of the podcast, Lewis Matheson of alevelphysicsonline.com has an offer for Physics Teachers – unlimited access to his new gcsephysicsonline.com until December 20th Lewis said in his email to us:

My GCSE Physics website is getting there – 329 videos on the site and many more planned. If listeners want to have a look themselves then I’ll leave a free login until December 20th: username <strong><a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="mailto:tptp@gcsephysicsonline.com" target="_blank">tptp@gcsephysicsonline.com</a></strong> and the password tptp . If they’d like to buy it for their school then should just email me at <strong>lewis@gcsephysicsonline.com</strong> and I’ll sort that out for them (it’s not being widely advertised on the website at this time).

Lewis Matheson

Royal Society of Chemistry Teach Chemistry website gets a shout out, as does the Gatsby research and advice on practical work. before we meet Samir from CLEAPSS. Finally we ask for your tips on trips to CERN.

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The music we use remains One legged equilibrist polka by Circus Homunculus. The music in the montage is Cantina Rag by Jackson F. Smith.

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S02E09 Force or False (Forces @ Primary School)

Ex -colleague and ex-colleague Andy Harrison is writing a scheme of work for Primary Science and asks Thomas and Robin to help him with his understanding of forces.

S02E09 Timestamps

  • What’s a force? @ 02:40
  • Gravity @ 04:20
  • Electrostatics @ 08:20
  • Reaction/Support force @ 17:30
  • Energy @ 21:12

Summary

Ex-colleague Andy Harrison reached out to Robin last week for some help. Andy, a Biologist, is no longer in the classroom but working as an Outreach Officer for a medical research organisation. Andy has been working with Primary Schools and is working on a scheme of work around Forces. Sensing an opportunity for a podcast Robin and Thomas hooked up the microphones and off we went.

Andy is working on a task that might be called “Force or False” where the pupils have to state whether something is a force or not. Amongst other questions, we talked about Is Fire a force? Is Pressure a Force? Is Gravity a Force? We also appealed for some ideas that could be used for practicals in primary science. You know the kind of thing, minimal specialist equipment required but allow primary students to practise their practical skills (e.g. modelling; conducting a fair test etc.).

Alom Shaha’s fine book gets another mention and can be found here. If you are looking to liven up your science lessons in primary school, this is a great source of ideas that won’t break the bank.

N.B. We haven’t forgotten Charlie, we’ve just forgotten to include his latest update. It will be in the next episode.

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