High School physics lesson plans and activities

Resources and ideas for physics, written by teachers to support teaching and learning

Earth and Space Galaxy song

Earth and Space Galaxy song

The Galaxy Song put to images of the universe in movie maker. Good for all ages as even A Level can learn something new and KS3 pick up the size of the universe.

By hopephilippa

KS3 Physics - Electricity Resource Pack, Ciruits, Current, Voltage, Electric Components

KS3 Physics - Electricity Resource Pack, Ciruits, Current, Voltage, Electric Components

Get £3 FREE to use in my shop. Enter code MEGA-MARCH at www.tes.com/redeem**This resource has been recommended by the TES Resource Team** *UPDATED JANUARY 2017* Added a crossword puzzle with answers.This resource pack will get your learners thinking about electricity and electric circuits. It includes:• A lucid and logical 69-slide PowerPoint which includes many visual aids. The slides are thoughtfully animated (not over-animated) to allow opportunities for learners to participate and promote class discussions.• Seven pages of interactive notes (scaffolded notes). These notes fit perfectly with the presentation. I find this activity keeps lower-level students engaged during the lessons while allowing differentiation for higher achievers. • A crossword (with answers), some homework questions and a quiz.**Just print and go! Or customize to fit the needs of your class.**Learning objectives covered in this resources are listed below.• By the end of these lessons, pupils should know:1. that electricity is a form of energy.2. that current electricity can be produced from cells, batteries or the mains3. that there are a range of appliances in the home, which use electricity.4. that we can represent components by symbols. 5. that current electricity flows in conductors but not in insulators.6. that a complete path is needed from one side of the battery to the other for electricity to flow.7. how a switch works.8. that there are two types of circuit, series and parallel.9. that current is measured in Amps. 10. that current is measured using an ammeter. 11. how to connect and use an ammeter.12. that in a series circuit, the current is the same all the way round the circuit.13. that in a parallel circuit, the current is shared but not lost or used up. 14. that the current in a series circuit depends upon the number and type of components used. 15. that a battery is a store of electrical energy.16. that voltage is a measure of the amount of energy or push given to the current.17. that more cells in series equals more voltage. 18. that the effect of voltage upon current and bulb brightness.19. that an electric current causes a wire to become hot. .20. that the bigger the current, the higher the temperature of the wire.21. that if too much current flows, the wire will melt.Hope you find it useful. Your feedback is much appreciated.

By sciencecorner

Combined Science Practical workshop

Combined Science Practical workshop

This is a workshop we did with students to go through some key concepts when relating to variables and planning and evaluating practicals with the new GCSE curriculum. We finish each workshop with a kahoot quiz that has been made specifically for the Combined Science curriculum, including a mixture of questions of Bio, Chem and Physics.

By kelly210188

New AQA Science GCSE Physics Learning Mats – Electromagnetic waves

New AQA Science GCSE Physics Learning Mats – Electromagnetic waves

• These learning mats are a versatile tool that can be used most effectively when enlarged to A3, giving space for the student to place their exercise book in the middle. • Each mat contains the title, learning outcome, keywords, key information and a summary of the key points. • The five mats cover the five lessons following the new AQA scheme of learning, in accordance with the Oxford University Press text books. This section covers the chapter ‘Electromagnetic waves’.

By Logical_Solutions

New AQA Science GCSE Physics Learning Mats – Light

New AQA Science GCSE Physics Learning Mats – Light

• These learning mats are a versatile tool that can be used most effectively when enlarged to A3, giving space for the student to place their exercise book in the middle. • Each mat contains the title, learning outcome, keywords, key information and a summary of the key points. • The five mats cover the five lessons following the new AQA scheme of learning, in accordance with the Oxford University Press text books. This section covers the chapter ‘Light’.

By Logical_Solutions

Static Electricity Edexcel SP11 unit - 4 lesson resource covering this topic.

Static Electricity Edexcel SP11 unit - 4 lesson resource covering this topic.

Find out why our science department is in the top 10% in the UK, please download -Atoms - electrons and orbits free from my shop, enjoy.Thank you for taking the time to view my premium resource. It is designed to provide you with a lesson in which pupil’s progress, the lessons follow a pathway; prepare for learning, lesson objectives, present new information, construct on that information, apply and demonstrate, review and consolidate.This resource will provide you with a great lesson and save you that precious commodity – timeStatic Electricity – Introduction.What have they in commonThe atomElectrons jumpingHugely important pointsFundamentals of EarthingConductors and insulatorsVan de Graff – needed hereAttraction and repulsionWhat is static?Write a letterStatic – Repulsion, Attraction and InductionQuick QuizStatic quick quizCharges moving via frictionHugely important pointsActivity 1 Pick-up paper ; Charging rods and cloths needed for the 3 activitiesActivity 2 Bend the waterActivity 3 Repel / attract the hanging rodAttraction / repulsionStory board with key wordsInduction and animation140 characters or lessStatic – Uses and dangersQuick QuizExploding a caravan – video linkHow static is dangerousRefueling a plane – questionsRefueling a plane – answersLightning – chargesElectrostatic spray paint – uv paint on a bike - HowExplanation of thisPlant and crop electrostatic sprayingSmoke collectorsPhotocopiers – homework3 – 5 – 1 - goElectric fields Quick quizForce FieldMap the magnetic force fieldCharged point fieldField lines and strength and directionBalloon and wall – why they stickSpray droplets – why do they spreadElectric fields and static attraction and repulsionElectric fields in parallel plates6 mark question paragraph builderFor huge savings please see my bundles in the shop.

By caineyone

Electricity and circyits, Static Electricity Edexcel units SP10 and SP11 - 17 lesson bundle

Electricity and circyits, Static Electricity Edexcel units SP10 and SP11 - 17 lesson bundle

Find out why our science department is in the top 10% in the UK, please download -Atoms - electrons and orbits free from my shop, enjoy.Thank you for taking the time to view my premium resource. It is designed to provide you with a lesson in which pupil’s progress, the lessons follow a pathway; prepare for learning, lesson objectives, present new information, construct on that information, apply and demonstrate, review and consolidate.Each individual lesson overview is presented below, however most of my premium resources follow the same format, which is:-All power points to tell a storyLearning objectives clearly and uniquely visually linked, short, relevant and punchy, revised a minimum of 3 time a lesson.Fun pictures all over to help tell the tale.All slides plain black background font comic sans minimum 24 for contrast and easy to read at the back.As many fun, creative and original practical’s built in to lessons as could be implemented.All resources produced and stored for each lesson.Practical instructions given along with prep room requests.TEEP embedded, alongside philosophies from working with the Stimulating Physics program.This resource will provide you with a great lesson and save you that precious commodity – timeLesson 1 - Electrical circuitsLesson 2 - Current and voltage in a series circuit Lesson 3 - Current and voltage in a parallel circuit Lesson 4 - Current, Charge and energy.Lesson 5 - Resistance and resistorsLesson 6 – 9- Resistance in – filament lamps, fixed resistor, thermisitor, L.D.R and Diode, a 3 – 4 lesson Lesson 10 - Transferring energyLesson 11 - Electrical PowerLesson 12 – Transferring electrical energyLesson 13 – Electrical safetyLesson 14 – Static electricity and chargesLesson 15 – Static – repulsion, attraction and inductionLesson 16 - Static – Dangers and usesLesson 17 – Static – Electric fieldsFor more savings please see my other bundles in my shop.

By caineyone

New GCSE Physics Radiation Revision Lesson

New GCSE Physics Radiation Revision Lesson

This resource is a lesson with activities covering the radiation content of the AQA GCSE Physics specification. This resource includes:1: An information sheet2: A power point to lead students through the lesson3: A blockusters starter game4: A types of radiation 6 mark answered question to mark5: A half life graph activity6: An uses of radiation literacy activity7: An uses of radiation 6 mark plenary questionThanks for looking

By chalky1234567

GCSE Physics FUN and engaging resource for revision resource P1.2 using energyP1.3 Electrical energy

GCSE Physics FUN and engaging resource for revision resource P1.2 using energyP1.3 Electrical energy

Fun and engaging resources for changing up the revision you completing with the students.A pack of 6 resources with 2 really fun interactive 20 question grid which promotes competition and challenge. 2 Jeopardy plenary or starter question sheets which help the students think in a different manner.Then Taboo game for both topic sections which will encourage use of language and making connections in the topic.Enjoy!

By iandavies554

Checkpoint Science-Physics worksheets with mark scheme

Checkpoint Science-Physics worksheets with mark scheme

This worksheet is a compilation of Chemistry questions for Cambridge Checkpoint Science paper 1 with mark scheme. This worksheet cover all the topics of Chemistry for KS 3 and it is designed to enable teachers of Science prepare their students adequately for any KS 3 Science exam, and also serve as question bank. The beauty of this worksheet is that it contains the mark scheme for pair and self-assessment.

By okorodudujk

New GCSE Physics Space & the Universe Revision Lesson

New GCSE Physics Space & the Universe Revision Lesson

This resource is a lesson with activities covering a range of space Physics concepts included in the GCSE Physics specification. This resource includes:1: A power point to lead students trough the lesson2: A summary sheet3: An early universe starter game4: A Big Bang 6 mark, marking activity6: A snakes & ladders AFL game7: A set of cards to explain how new elements are made & the life cycle of a star8: A 6 mark new elements plenary questionThanks for looking

By chalky1234567

Cambridge Checkpoint Science

Cambridge Checkpoint Science

This worksheet is a compilation of Science questions for Cambridge Checkpoint paper 1, with mark scheme. It cover all the topics in Physics, Biology and Chemistry for KS 3 and it is designed to enable teachers of Science prepare their students adequately for any KS 3 Science exam, and also serve as a question bank. The beauty of this worksheet is that it contains the mark scheme for pair and self-assessment.

By okorodudujk

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Automated WWW / EBI feedback sheets for summative assessments

Automated WWW / EBI feedback sheets for summative assessments

This resource can be adapted for any subject area at any key stage. It calculates progress between 2 data points, enables teachers to write personalised comments with space for a student response and it also has 5 what went well (WWW) and even better if (EBI) comments as well. Finally, there is a pupil response section for students to show progress from the EBI comments. I would advise departments to create the comments through collaboration so there is consistency (MFL comments are currently being used to demonstrate how the feedback sheet works). Teachers complete the data entry section using these codes and then 2 feedback sheets per A4 page are generated for up to 40 students. All teachers have to do is print, cut and give the sheets to the students to stick in. I have attached a guide to explain how to use it.Over the years, I developed marking codes because I found myself hand writing the same feedback over and over again which seemed inefficient. Plus, there was no guarantee the students read it. So I killed 2 birds with 1 stone by just writing abbreviated codes and asking students to write the extended feedback from a sheet, thereby guaranteeing they had at least read it. They would then respond to the feedback as well. Whilst conducting an internal marking review, a colleague pointed out that students were wasting time by copying 3 or 4 targets which certainly didn't promote deeper thinking. This new tool now combines the best of both worlds because I am not writing long (often illegible) comments. Instead, students are focused on reading the comments and using the time to reflect and extend their learning by responding to the teacher feedback.

By darbonator

GCSE Advanced Maths Skills Booklet

GCSE Advanced Maths Skills Booklet

Self teach style booklet designed to be handed to the very able pupils at GCSE as a stretch and challenge exercise. The idea is that they work through and self assess, only asking for assistance when they are stuck.I feel this could be easily adapted (by changing the title) for year 12 pupils just embarking on their studies and could be used as a source of homework exercises that you check are completed every now and again.

By monkeyandhunter

B2, C2 and P2: AQA Core 2017 Exam Support.

B2, C2 and P2: AQA Core 2017 Exam Support.

All spec codes must be examined through a three year period with AQA exams. This is a spec code frequency analysis of 2015-16 exams for both foundation and higher exam papers leading to very specific lesson focus and pupil revision. It highlights spec codes that HAVE NOT appeared in the last two years leading to a very high probability of them appearing in summer 2017. This tool has analysed 2016 and 2015 exam papers and completed a frequency count of each lettered spec code. This summarises into a combined table to prepare for the 2017 exams. It highlights lettered spec codes that have not been assessed in the last two years by showing as green. Being the last year of AQA Additional exams before the 1-9 exams there is a very high probability of possible topics that will appear in the summer exams. It colours through a spectrum of red to green, of other specs which have been assessed, but infrequently. It shows this by a simple count and relative frequency to the number of spec codes. The relative analysis tool shows how common it has appeared in the last two years relative to the number of spec points. A low spec count could still have a high relative count showing a lower probability. There is also a combined summary for F and H papers if you teach mixed groups. Each analyse is shown graphically leading to easy displays for pupils to review key areas to focus. On following tabs there is a full spec checklist filterable by their appearance in either F, H or both so pupils can view this information in a checklist explaining each spec point. This has then lead to a checklist revision list for both F and H papers. A F and H revision pack is then included with past exam question specifically themed on these areas to help support and lead revision up to the summer exams. Mark schemes and examiners reports are included for these questions. The aim of the support pack is to help prepare for the summer exams of 2017. This is a very unique situation where we can have a good chance of using this analyse to target revision and focus the pupils.

By rwhawell

Scientist Isaac Newton 6 x Starters Wordsearch Crossword Anagram Alphabet Keyword Starter Cover

Scientist Isaac Newton 6 x Starters Wordsearch Crossword Anagram Alphabet Keyword Starter Cover

6 starter activities on the theme of the scientist Isaac Newton, Starters are 1 x wordsearch, 1 x crossword, 1 x anagram sheet, 1 x misssing words information sheet, 1 x true/false facts and 1 x alphabet brainstormer. Includes space for students to explain the keywords and suggested extension activities. Ideal for the start of a lesson, a quick filler, a homework, part of a cover lesson or as a plenary on the board with a whiteboard pen.

By mikedean

AQA Physics equation flash cards

AQA Physics equation flash cards

The 23 equations ready to print back to back. This resources will support your students as they learn the physics equations. They can also be used for the combined science equations by removing the moment and pressure equations from the set.

By simon.lucking

Introduction to Space

Introduction to Space

Ks3 (year 7/8) resource for introduction to space (2 lessons)- All resources made and produced by myself, and a lot of detail and time has been taken to produce.-Easy to see progress over two lessons from students.- No practical, though a wide range of VAK tasks throughout.Easy lesson good and engaging, space is always a fun lesson to teach, as class normally always engaged from start. This is the reason why it is spread over 2 lessons (never normally do this).- Lesson 4/5 out of 5. Included:- Option of two starters.- Lesson outline (Main components, but more of overview of lesson and explanation of set tasks and how to use resources, it has been broken down so easier to follow than a lesson plan).- Detailed PowerPoint with animations. Also contains all answers to worksheets. (66 pages).- All worksheets (Worksheet to be printed back to back with space left to glue into books).- Interactive notebook slide for size comparison task.- Three plenaries (9 question quiz, hidden images and splat)- Two worksheets of exam style questions with answers and sheet on PowerPoint so easier to run through with class.5 videos (average length 2 minutes), these are all hyperlinked in PowerPoint by clicking on images and back up hyperlink in note section of PowerPoint. Cannot upload on TES, but all easily accessible.- Space song (outstanding song) called Outer space we are the planets and stars.- Planet Earth compared to other planets and stars- Solar system (Virtual Orrery)- How do we know how many galaxies there are in the Universe.- The smallest to biggest thing in the universe.Aspects of National curriculum lesson covers (In varying detail):- Gravity force, different on other planets and stars; gravity forces between Earth and Moon, and between Earth and Sun (More detailed in previous lesson).-Our Sun as a star, other stars in our galaxy, other galaxies.-The light year as a unit of astronomical distance.Please review if bought and check out my free resources, will upload rest of lessons out of 5. Previous lesson are, The seasons, Night and Day and The moon phase.

By riches1157

Energy Resources Adv & Dis Revision Pack

Energy Resources Adv & Dis Revision Pack

Includes:- Revision sheet: contains all of the key information on the topic- Revision mat: for students to fill in, covering the key areas- Question sheet: lots of questions for students to answer about the topicDesigned specifically for the new AQA specification (teaching from 2016) but may also be suitable for other exam boards.

By teachsci1