Physics

Key Stage 5

What can students do to develop their skills in this subject area?

  • Make use of the resources listed below to read around on the subject of physics, and discuss with peers/teachers/parents.
  • Use the IsaacPhysics website to recap prior knowledge and challenge themselves with questions in different contexts.
  • Ensure that they are using the textbook to its full potential – read ahead to future topics to allow class time to be spent delving deeper into the subject and asking questions to clarify understanding.
  • Use additional resources on the VLE/ V-drive.

What wider reading can be completed to support the curriculum?

  • In Search of Schrodinger's Cat and In Search of the Multiverse - John Gribben.
  • The Physics of the Impossible - Michio Kaku.
  • Hyperspace Marauder - Lo Khan.
  • Surely You're Joking Mr Feynman - Richard Feynman.
  • The Trouble with Physics - Lee Smolin.
  • How to Teach Quantum Physics to your Dog - Chad Orzel.
  • 50 Physics Ideas You Really Need to Know - Joanne Baker.
  • About Time - Adam Frank.
  • The Particle at the End of the Universe - Sean Carroll.
  • The Quantum Universe - Brian Cox and Jeff Forshaw.
  • CGP Physics Revision Guide - OCR B.
  • Maths Skills for A Level Physics - (Oxford).

Radio:

  • The Infinite Monkey Cage (BBC iPlayer) featuring Brian Cox and Robin Ince.

Lectures and Public Events:

What websites could students visit to support the curriculum?

www.isaacphysics.org
www.physicsandmathstutor.com
www.ted.com
www.thenakedscientists.com
www.rigb.org/christmas-lectures
www.iop.org
www.newscientist.com

How can parents/carers help and what can be done at home?

  • Discuss current lessons with your son or daughter – if they can explain what they are studying to parents/carers this will help them to develop a deeper understanding.
  • Parents/carers can also help by ensuring there is a quiet place to study at home, and encourage their son or daughter to organise their work.
  • When it comes to practising examination questions in timed conditions, parents can time their son or daughter and help them work through
  • Encourage your son or daughter to research university websites for potential career paths.
  • Encourage your son or daughter to visit science museums or the international space centre in Leicester.
  • Encourage your son or daughter to apply for work experience in a career of their interest.
  • Purchase relevant revision guides.

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