ABOUT THIS COURSE
This new 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 will focus on the main causes of learners’ poor attainment in exams as indicated by examiner reports and help participants to develop strategies for effective teaching of these topics and skills.
The course focuses on OCR A-level Physics Spec A but will be useful for teachers teaching similar specifications.
BENEFITS OF ATTENDING
- Explore new ways the principal conceptual difficulties can be learnt and understood
- Take away new ways to develop skills of using precise and logical technical language skills in your students
- Take away approaches to help students prepare for unfamiliar questions in exams
- Deepen understanding of more challenging topics
- Find out the latest about best resources to use
- Find effective ways of diagnosing student weaknesses
- Share ideas with other practising Physics teachers
|COURSE DATES||London | Monday 25 November 2019|
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|IN-SCHOOL||You can also book this as an In-School Course|
10.00 – 10.30am
Key fundamentals of the subject
- The key fundamentals.
- Areas of challenge – evaluative questions, use of scientific terms, MCQs
Identifying the topic areas which are most difficult:
- Vectors and projectile motion
- Fields – electromagnetic and gravitational
- Vibrations and Waves
10.30 – 11.00am
From GCSE to A level
Identifying the step-up challenges for GCSE students progressing to A level Physics.
- Comparing GCSE standard answers to A level standard answers.
- Looking at A level physics mark schemes in depth and examiner comments.
- Examples of the five challenging areas from questions in recent years.
11.00 – 11.20pm
11.20 – 12.40pm
The key topics that need to be learn and understood
- We will explore the principal conceptual difficulties in the following topics: vectors, projectile motion, fields (electromagnetic and gravitational), vibrations and waves
- We review on-line resources to engage learners and develop their understanding of these complex topics including Youtube videos and simulations software
- There will be opportunities for participants to raise queries about specific areas of the specification that they personally find challenging
12.40 – 1.40pm
1.40 – 2.40pm
The key skills that need to be developed
- Using precise and logical technical language by learning key phrases and then deconstructing them
- Techniques for answering MCQs effectively, by intensive practice and application of elimination and logic techniques to speed the process
- Preparing to answer out-of-box questions in exams through the use of legacy practical exam materials
- A series of assessment for learning activities using exam questions, mark schemes and examiner reports which can be effective with students
2.40 – 3.30pm
Teaching the required practicals
- 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.
- Use paper-based resources to develop the key analysis and evaluation skills to save time used up by running full practicals.
3.30 – 3.45
Discussion and Plenary
Tony Dunn has taught for over 30 years in secondary schools and sixth form colleges, mainly in inner city areas, specialising in A-level Physics. He was Head of Science for 12 years and spent several years training Physics teachers in SE Asia. He has been an examiner for OCR A-level Physics for the past 4 years.