Physics

Physics Student Community – South West

Target Audience: students from Cornwall, Devon, Dorset and Somerset that stand out for their achievement in and/or enthusiasm for physics.

Format: five enrichment days held at EMS spread throughout the year

Aim: to provide students, that might otherwise be isolated, with a community of like-minded peers to explore challenging and interesting physics.

How to get involved: teachers are invited to nominate students towards the end of the summer term of year 7. Further nominations may be possible in later years, subject to available space. Email events@exeterms.ac.uk

Capacity: 64 (16 per year)

Following the success of Exeter Mathematics School’s Maths Student Community, EMS began a Physics Student Community as of September 2016.

The aim of our PSC-SW is essentially is to bring together and inspire able physics students from across Cornwall, Devon, Dorset and Somerset, forming a community of learners who will work together, share ideas, attend masterclasses and receive mentoring; delivering a fascinating insight into the exciting field of physics!

Teachers frequently identify students within their settings who stand out from the crowd and who can find themselves working in isolation.  Our aim is to bring these students together, to enable them to work with peers who are similarly able and motivated, to provide stimuli which will deepen and broaden their appreciation of physics and its related fields and to demonstrate how physics relates to their lives.

It is our intention to support students throughout their secondary school career, regardless of whether or not they decide to apply for a place in our 6th form.

 

How it works

We are pleased to confirm that we will be continuing the PSC-SW for students in Year 8 through to 11 in the 2018/19 academic year.

If you have been part of the PSC for the academic year 2017-18 in Years 8-10, you will automatically be moved up into the next year group.  Update paperwork will be sent out in the second half of the summer term.  Nomination forms for the new Year 8 PSC 2018/19 have been sent to schools.

This programme is teacher nominated only; we cannot accept applications from students directly. If you are a teacher and would like to nominate a student, please email: events@exeterms.ac.uk to check that you are on our distribution list to receive the information.

Students nominated will attend a series of enrichment days at EMS. During the classes, students are introduced to Physics beyond the normal curriculum and are encouraged to think about, debate and explore challenging concepts and ideas.

DATE TIME EVENT
Thursday 27th September 2018 1315-1530 Launch Event
Thursday 15th November 2018 1030-1430 Enrichment Day
Thursday 20th December 2018 1230-1630 EMS Christmas Lectures
Thursday 14th March 2019 1030-1430 Enrichment Day
Thursday 9th May 2019 1030-1430 Enrichment Day
DATE TIME EVENT
Thursday 13th September 2018 1030-1430 Enrichment Day
Thursday 1st November 2018 1030-1430 Enrichment Day
Thursday 20th December 2018 1230 – 1600 EMS Christmas Lectures
Thursday 7th February 2019 1030-1430 Enrichment Day
Thursday 28th March 2019 1030-1430 Enrichment Day
DATE TIME EVENT
Saturday 15th September 2018 1230 – 1600 Enrichment Day
Saturday 24th November 2018 1230 – 1600 Enrichment Day
Thursday 20th December 2018 1230 – 1600 EMS Christmas Lectures
Saturday 16th March 2019 1230 – 1600 Enrichment Day
Saturday 4th May 2018 1230 – 1600 Enrichment Day
DATE TIME EVENT
Saturday 15th September 2018 1230 – 1600 Enrichment Day
Saturday 24th November 2018 1230 – 1600 Enrichment Day
Thursday 20th December 2018 1230 – 1600 EMS Christmas Lectures
Saturday 16th March 2019 1230 – 1600 Enrichment Day
Saturday 4th May 2018 1230 – 1600 Celebration Event

Physics GCSE Enhancement Course

Target Audience: students within reach of Exeter that have the potential to reach an 8 or 9 in their GCSE physics but need some additional support or inspiration to do so.

Format: 14 lessons per year at EMS from 1600 to 1730, approximately fortnightly throughout the autumn and spring terms of year 10 and 11.

Aim: to enable students to achieve better GCSE grades than initially predicted and to therefore have greater opportunities in Further and Higher education

How to get involved: teachers are invited to nominate students towards the end of year 9.

Capacity: 34 (17 per year group)

Exeter Mathematics School offers a GCSE enhancement course for able Physics students in Years 10 and 11 for the academic year 2017/18. Students who are nominated should be capable of achieving an A*, but should be those that would benefit from additional support and inspiration to do so.

Students will have the opportunity to work with EMS staff to develop their academic skills and support their progress towards A* grades in their GCSEs.

During a series of workshops and group sessions, students will have the opportunity to develop a deeper and more connected understanding of GCSE content. Supported by EMS staff, students will be provided with the stimuli to broaden their application of Physics and its related fields, whilst encouraging their development as problem-solving physicists; thereby preparing students for further study of Physics.

If you have been part of our Year 10 enhancement programme you will automatically progress into next year’s Year 11 group. Nomination forms for the new Year 10 cohort for the academic year 2019/20 will be sent to schools later in the academic year. If you require a copy of the nomination paperwork, please email events@exeterms.ac.uk.

The Programme

Lessons will run from 1600-1730 approximately 14 times over the year. Dates for 2018/19 will be finalised soon.

Please note that by joining the community, students are committing to attending all of the sessions outlined.

Year 8 PSC-SW

Thursday 27th September 2018 1:15pm – 3:30pm Year 8 Launch Day

Thursday 15th November 2018 10:30am – 2:30pm  Enrichment Day

Thursday 20th December 2018 12:30pm – 4:00pm (TBC) EMS Christmas Lectures

Thursday 14th March 2019 10:30am – 2:30pm Enrichment Day

Thursday 9th May 2019 10:30am – 2:30pm Enrichment Day


Year 9 PSC-SW

Thursday 13th September 2018 10:30am – 2:30pm Enrichment Day

Thursday 1st November 2018 10:30am – 2:30pm Enrichment Day

Thursday 20th December 2018 12:30pm – 4:00pm (TBC) EMS Christmas Lectures

Thursday 7th February 2019 10:30am – 2:30pm Enrichment Day

Thursday 28th March 2019 10:30am – 2:30pm Enrichment Day

Year 10 PSC-SW

Saturday 15th September 2018 12:30pm – 4:00pm Enrichment Day

Saturday 24th November 2018 12:30pm – 4:00pm Enrichment Day

Thursday 20th December 2018 12:30pm – 4:00pm (TBC) EMS Christmas Lectures

Saturday 16th March 2019 12:30pm – 4:00pm Enrichment Day

Saturday 4th May 2018 12:30pm – 4:00pm Enrichment Day


Year 11 PSC-SW

Saturday 15th September 2018 12:30pm – 4:00pm Enrichment Day

Saturday 24th November 2018 12:30pm – 4:00pm Enrichment Day

Thursday 20th December 2018 12:30pm – 4:00pm (TBC) EMS Christmas Lectures

Saturday 16th March 2019 12:30pm – 4:00pm Enrichment Day

Saturday 4th May 2018 12:30pm – 4:00pm Enrichment Day

All sessions run from 1600-1730  at EMS:

Monday 24th September

Monday 8th October

Monday 29th October

Monday 12th November

Monday 26th November

Monday 10th December

Monday 21st January

Monday 4th February

Monday 25th February

Monday 11th March

Monday 25th March

All sessions run from 1600-1730 at EMS:

Monday 17th September

Monday 1st October

Monday 15th October

Monday 5th November

Monday 19th November

Monday 3rd December

Monday 14th January

Monday 28th January

Monday 11th February

Monday 4th March

Monday 18th March

Monday 1st April

KS4 Ogden Trust Physics Challenge – entries now open!

Date: Wednesday 5th December, 1200- 1600

Venue: The Phoenix Centre, Gandy St, Exeter, EX4 3LS

Target Audience: Year 10 and 11 students in the Exeter & East-Devon area

Format: An afternoon with four rounds in a team-based inter-school competition

Aim: to have fun, be challenged, enjoy Physics in a buzzy environment!

How to get involved: teachers are invited to enter teams of 4 students

Capacity: 80 (20 teams)

Physics Challenge – KS5

Date: 21st March 2019, 12.00pm – 4.00pm

Target Audience: year 12 and 13 students in the Exeter & East-Devon area

Format: An afternoon with four rounds in a team-based inter-school competition

Aim: to have fun, be challenged, enjoy physics in a buzzy environment!

How to get involved: teachers are invited to enter teams of 4 students

Capacity: 80 (20 teams)

Raising Aspirations – Isaac Physics Programme

Target Audience: Year 10 students with GCSE target grades of 6 or above for Maths and Physics

Format: 6 one-day workshops with weekly online assignments in between and additional, optional online tutorials

Aim: to encourage student into higher education to study physics and to help students to work independently

How to get involved: Email events@exeterms.ac.uk.  Taster sessions being held in local schools early November – please get in touch to book a time.

Capacity: 18

Raising Achievement – Isaac Physics Programme

Target Audience: year 12 students with A-level target grades of B or C

Format: 5 one-day workshops with additional, optional one-line tutorials

Aim: to develop mathematical reasoning and problem-solving, to improve students’ confidence and ability in Physics, to encourage students to consider studying Physics and Maths at good universities.

How to get involved: teachers are invited to nominate students in the second half of the autumn term.

Capacity: 18

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