ABOUT THIS COURSE
This course is intended for non-specialist teachers of A-level Physics who are new to the subject and want to develop the knowledge and skills to teach the more challenging aspects of the subject. The course is led by a highly experienced teacher who has taught A-level Physics for 20 years in inclusive sixth form colleges is East London with diverse student cohorts and who has extensive experience as an A level examiner. This course has therefore been devised to meet the specific demands that teachers new to Physics are faced with and provides real solutions to teaching the different topics and question types.
BENEFITS OF ATTENDING
- Deepen your understanding of the more challenging A level Physics topics and how to approach them
- Explore ways in which the principal conceptual difficulties can be learnt and understood
- Take away new ways to develop skills of using precise and logical technical language skills with your students
- Gain successful approaches to help students prepare for unfamiliar questions in exams
- Find out the latest about best resources to use for A level Physics
- Obtain effective ways for non-specialists to diagnose areas of student weaknesses
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10.00 – 11.00pm
Key fundamentals and standards for A-level Physics
What are the key fundamentals of A level Physics?
- Solving multi-stage problems using mathematical analysis
- Explaining abstract scientific concepts using precise terminology and in a logical manner
- Planning, analysing and evaluating practical experiments to verify laws or determine values
Areas of challenge for students as identified by the examiners in recent years:
- Evaluative questions,
- Use of scientific terms
- MCQs (Multiple Choice Questions)
- LoR (Level of Response) practical questions
11.00 – 11.20pm
11.20 – 12.40pm
The Key Topics – Session 1 (Fields and Forces)
- Electromagnetic induction: develop a better understanding of the meaning and application of Faraday’s and Lenz’s laws
- Centripetal forces and gravity: develop a better understanding of the concepts of centripetal force and gravitational potential
- Teaching techniques to develop effective technical language that expresses abstract
- Logical presentation of explanations: what examiners expect to see and how to teach that skill
- Dealing with the mathematical challenges for the less mathematically confident students.
12.40 – 1.40pm
1.40 – 2.40pm
The Key Topics – Session 2 (Vectors – forces and motion)
- Analysing force diagrams: develop a systematic approach to problems involving forces in two dimensions, including coplanar forces and moments
- Solving projectile motion problems: develop a systematic approach to the analysis and solution of problems involving projectile motion
- Developing confident mathematical and spatial awareness skills
- Approaches for encouraging all students to solve complex algebraic and trigonometric problems
2.40 – 3.20pm
Developing the students’ examination skills
- Teaching the skills required so that students are comfortable with different questions and question types
- Using precise and logical technical language: learning and deconstructing key phrases and question types, including data response questions
- Techniques for answering MCQs effectively
- Preparing students to answer unfamiliar context questions in exams
- Analysing example answers to demonstrate what the examiners are looking for in different question types.
3.20 – 3.45pm
Teaching the Required Practicals
- Developing skills from carrying out experiments and skills to answer practical-related questions in exams.
- Teaching students how to plan Physics experiments from scratch using their own initiative, and identifying sources of error
- Effective use of practical work in class
- Developing the planning, analysis and evaluation skills for written examination
- Developing graph plotting skills and analysis of uncertainty
- Use the PAG resources and exam mark schemes to focus on the key requirements.
3.45 – 4.00pm
Round up and Depart
Tony Dunn is a current examiner for OCR A-level Physics and has taught for over 30 years in secondary schools and sixth form colleges, mainly in inner city areas, specialising in A-level Physics. Since the new A-level curriculum was introduced, he has had 100% pass rates with all his A-level Physics groups, whilst working at an inclusive college in a deprived borough. He was a Head of Science for 12 years and also spent several years training Physics teachers in SE Asia.