Teaching Resources

Within school there are a lot of resources that you can use when delivering/planning your lessons. You need to familiarise yourelf with what is available early on in the placement so that you can make good use of them.

All of the resources listed below may not be suitable for use without amendment (teaching group, lab, equipment etc.) - but may form a starter for you. You need to view them carefully and in the case of a worksheet work through it before you include it in a lesson.

  • Pupil Information

In the 'Staff Shared' folder on the computer network select 'General Information' you will find a folder called Form Pictures. This will allow you to make up a document with images of your pupils on it. You may NOT however put such a document on a computer that you take outside school (See Ruth Butler about this). However, the images are useful when learning the names of pupils. In that section you will also find a folder called Pupil Lists - that gives the names of girls in each form.

In the Staff Shared/Subject Staff Areas/Science/Science Records folder on the computer networkyou will find the test and examination marks each of the pupils has obtained throughout their time at the school. Each file is names according to the year of entry of the girls into the school. YOE20xx is the group that entered the school in 20xx. You will probably not have to enter data on these spreadsheets but you need to look at them - they will tell you how a puil has performed in previous tests and examinations in all three sciences. If you are concerned with the standard of a pupil's work this is the place to look first - it will give you an idea of general performance in physics and science. Y7 now has to have a record of their progress kept in the form of an APP page within the record excel spreadsheet (see tabs at the bottom of the page) sheet.

In lab C1 there are filing cabinets with the progress folders of all of the pupils. On the record cards in these folders the pupils enter the level they have reached in tests. This makes them aware of their progress. These cards can then be used to feed back to parents on how they are performing and what progress they have made.

  • Interactive Programs and Computer Simulations on the School Network

In the 'Science'  folder (not the resources/science one - the one that is on the main desktop) there are programs that you need to have a play with. They can be useful within lessons - you may have to book a computer room to make use of them if you want pupils to have an individual hands-on experience. I recommend the following - but take a look at the others in that folder - they can be used in lessons and/or be set as a homework exercise or recommended as a revision tool.

Crocodile physics .

Focus Software - KS3 Physics (now has a new name - but that is the program we have!)

Focus Software - Focus on Climate Change

  • PowerPoints, Worksheets and Lesson Plans on the School Computer Network

On the school network we have a folder of shared teaching resources in the 'Staff Shared/Subject Staff Areas/Science/'. Within this you will find a folder called KS3 Physics - within this are PowerPoints, Worksheets and lesson plans that Mr. Barton has purchased for the department. There is a similar folder for KS4 Physics. There is a folder with the Heinemann worksheets/tests in. There is also a folder with IOP (Insitute of Physics) resources in it. The folder called 'New GCSE' folder has the Longman teaching resources in it - the girls are issued with the Longman text book. the text book has a CD with it - you can put the pages of the textbook up on the whiteboard and/or use worksheets that have been written by the publisher for use when delivering the course. The Whiteboard Resources folder contains videos, backgrounds and sundy items that you might find useful.

Exampro and Testbase are programs that allow you to make up tests using past paper questions - we use these to set exams and test - most of our tests are made up of past public examination questions.

Remember - you can access the school network at home - via the school VLE . Log in as you would on the school system - same username and password.

  • Commercially Prepared Worksheets/Tests in hard copy within the department

Many text-books also provide resources for teachers. These contain suggested lesson plans and/or worksheets that relate to the text book. These can be useful - but should not be used until you have worked through them. Only then will you see the level of the questions, identify problems with language and/or confusing/ambiguous questions/facts. Do not think that just because the textbook publishers sold them with their book that they are error free or that they are particularly good! Check them out!

In school we have the Heinemann Scheme support materials and also GCSE physics for you materials in folders - we have a license to photocopy the materials. You will find these in the prep room.

  • Materials Mrs. Jones has prepared for use in School

The Cyberphysics site has been assembed over the past decade. I found that when students were asked to research a topic on the WWW they often came back with confusing or even wrong information. I therefore topic by topic collected information that I vetted and adapted to the syllabus we were teaching. The main topic headings are in the left hand menu - subtopics can be searched for by using the 'in site' google search facility at the top.

The general pages link takes you through to pages dedicated to skills (in practical and academic work). the mathematical skills takes you through to pages that help students 'revise' the maths they need to apply in physics.

There are 'interactive syllabus sections': KS3; KS4 and KS5. The interactive syllabuses have links through to background notes. These can be set as a reading or note taking exercise. They also contain video clips that can be useful within lessons. Some of the vid-clips actually explain step by step how to construct diagrams. For example: curved mirrors- concave and convex. I have found these are useful to set as a homework - time is precious in a lesson and to spend a full period getting them to draw a diagram is a waste when they can do it at home and you can then iron out problems next lesson.

Each pupil has a copy of a workbook - the solutions to which are on the site. These can be called up in lessons to go through questions or pupils can use the workbook to do extra questions. I have foundd that the diligent ones are willing (in fact keen) to do that - they just query points that confused them. If you wish to set workbook pages for homework please tell me and I will remove the link for the solution until you are ready to go through the questions..

The wide reading exercises - science in the news section gives links to BBC news reports - these can be used as discussion documents or as a basis for a worksheet. An example of this is the worksheet (includes answers in red) I did on the Polonium Poisoning incident. It was used with Y10 GCSE students.

  • Other Resources for Physics

BBC Bitesize: KS3   GCSE  - Great for revision - has interactive graphics that can be used as part of a lesson.

NASA    Easy access and vocabulary     14+ pages    - interactive content - wide reading

New Scientist - Wide reading/discussion homeworks

Physics Classroom - multimedia resources for use on the whiteboard

Physics Demonstrations - a book extract with details of demos

Practical Physics - An excellent site with details of practical experiments, safety and equipment ordering and instructions for teacher/pupil. (Don't forget to check any with the techs before you decide to do it - they can advise as to whether we have the equipment and advise you on how to change the practical for our school).

TES Resources - you may wish to use and/or upload resources to this area  - it contains lesson plans, worksheets PowerPoints etc.


  • Links for preparation in the teaching of Astronomy

Astronomy at Home: A Guide for Exploring Outer Space from Your Backyard

101: Stargazing for beginners

Spot the International Space Station

Ten tips to minimise light pollution

Useful Filters For Viewing Deep-Sky Objects

What to Bring for a Night of Stargazing: The Ultimate Guide