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November 2010

The Birmingham Physics Factory 4th Project Management Board Meeting (Wed 1st Dec 2010)

Campion School (Leamington Spa) KS3 G&T Day – 30th November 2010

I thoroughly enjoyed today and learnt a lot more in a relaxed environment. Student

Colmers School – enthuse lesson Thursday 25th November 2010


Physics is so much fun!

Physics Factory has made Physics more interesting for me and has helped my confidence! Ben Binding, Year 11 student, Colmers

Education white paper 24th November 2010 – the Physics Factory is mentioned in section 4.26


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4.26 This deficit will be tackled by providing support to increase the number of
specialist teachers in physics, chemistry and mathematics and to improve the
skills of existing teachers. We need more specialist mathematics teachers in
primary schools and will encourage and support schools in developing this
specialism. We will support schools which offer students the chance to study GCSE
physics, chemistry and biology as separate subjects by exploring how
performance tables can reward this raising of aspirations. The teaching of A level
further mathematics will be supported by funding initiatives such as the further
mathematics support programme. We will also look at ways of supporting the
in-depth study of physics. Already other organisations, for example the Physics
Factory, are enabling more state school students to enjoy high-quality physics
teaching. And we will initiate two new competitions with prizes for the best
engineering projects from male and female students in state schools.

Oaks Collegiate EDEXCEL Series 5 P2 IAA Training – Evaluation Form Summary

Course evaluations over the three days showed:
9 teachers
100% of teachers thought the training was very good
88 students
99% of students said they thought the lesson was either ‘good or very good’ with 65% saying it was ‘very good’

Many thanks to Chris Durkin and Jenny Davies from Hillcrest School for helping to plan and deliver the training! What a team!

Best wishes
Philip Jones

Oaks Collegiate EDEXCEL Series 5 P2 IAA Training – Day 3 (Tue 23rd Nov 2011)

The day was amazing. I learnt so much and I had loads of fun! Student

Dads and Sons Physics Fun – Saturday 20th November – Sheldon Heath Physics Factory

Sheldon Heath Physics Factory hosted Dads and Sons Physics Fun this morning. 24 Dads and Sons came along for a morning of flight-related fun. After an introduction to the Forces of Flight, Dads and Sons competed to create the best paper planes then built and experimented with gliders before the grand finale in the school hall.

Exploring Forces and Motion

The Physics of Flight explained

Engineers at work

Test flights!

Our paper plane design winners!

Oaks Collegiate EDEXCEL Series 5 P2 IAA Training – Day 2 (Wed 17th Nov 2011)

The day has really helped me improve my IAA grade. It has been a real confidence boost! Student

A big thank you  for a wonderful day at the Physics Factory. I enjoyed it, the girls enjoyed it, it was a wonderful learning experience! Jane Hesson, Selly Park Technology College.

Oaks Collegiate EDEXCEL Series 5 P2 IAA Training – Day 1 (Tue 16th Nov 2011)

The ‘perfect’ pupil answer booklet guide to what a band 4 pupil should be writing was a fantastic idea! Owen Lamb (Bartley Green teacher)
I found out a lot more information on what should go into an IAA and what mistakes I usually make. The teaching was fantastic! Student comment

Lordswood Girls farewell lesson Wed 10th Nov 2010

Lordswood Girls group,11Sc1 had their final Physics Factory today. The Yr 11 group have been attending the Physics Factory for all their GCSE Physics lessons since Yr10. They have been taught EDEXCEL P1 and P2 units.

Thanks for all your help! You’ve made me really like Physics! Niamh Smyth, Lordswood Girls.

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