Physics

Physics Student Community – South West

Target Audience: students from Cornwall, Devon, Dorset and Somerset who 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:  Teacher nominations for the 2020-21 programme are now open.  Click here to nominate students.  Please note that we can only accept nominations from teachers.

Capacity: 64 (16 per year)

The PSC is a rolling programme for students from Years 8-11.  Students join us at the beginning of Year 8 and remain on the programme until Year 11.

Our aim 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 sixth form.

How it works

Students joining the PSC-SW will attend a series of enrichment days at Exeter Mathematics School.  The dates for the 2020-21 programme are not yet confirmed.

During the enrichment days students will take part in masterclasses and workshops. They will be  introduced to Physics beyond the normal curriculum and will be encouraged to think about, debate and explore challenging concepts and ideas.

How to join

This programme is teacher nominated only; we cannot accept applications from students directly.  Teachers have until 5th June (deadline extended) to nominate current Year 7 students to join the 20-21 programme.  Click here to make a nomination (teachers only).

If you are part of the PSC for the academic year 2019-20 in Years 8-10, you will automatically be moved up into the next year group.  Update paperwork will be sent out in the summer term.

Date Time Event
Tuesday 1st October 2019 1045 – 1445 Year 8 Launch Day
Friday 8th November 2019 1045 – 1445 Enrichment Day
Thursday 19th December 2019 1230 – 1600 EMS Christmas Lectures*
Tuesday 28th January 2020 1045 – 1445 Enrichment Day
Friday 13th March 2020 CANCELLED Enrichment Day

*booking required

Date Time Event
Monday 16th September 2019 1045 – 1445 Enrichment Day
Tuesday 5th November 2019 1045 – 1445 Enrichment Day
Thursday 19th December 2019 1230 – 1600 EMS Christmas Lectures*
Friday 7th February 2020 1045 – 1445 Enrichment Day
Monday 23rd March 2020 CANCELLED Enrichment Day

*booking required

Date Time Event
Saturday 28th September 2019 1230 – 1600 Enrichment Day
Saturday 16th November 2019 1230 – 1600 Enrichment Day
Thursday 19th December 2019 1230 – 1600 EMS Christmas Lectures*
Saturday 25th January 2020 1230 – 1600 Enrichment Day
Saturday 21st March 2020 CANCELLED Enrichment Day

*booking required

Date Time Event
Saturday 28th September 2019 1230 – 1600 Enrichment Day
Saturday 16th November 2019 1230 – 1600 Enrichment Day
Thursday 19th December 2019 1230 – 1600 EMS Christmas Lectures*
Saturday 25th January 2020 1230 – 1600 Enrichment Day
Saturday 21st March 2020 CANCELLED Year 11 Celebration Event

*booking required

Physics GCSE Enhancement Course

Target Audience: students within reach of Exeter who are not yet working at the highest level (i.e. working at a 6/7, but capable of achieving an 8/9).

Format: 11 lessons per year at EMS from 1600 to 1730, approximately fortnightly throughout the autumn (Year 11 cohort) and spring (Year 10 cohort) terms.

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: Nominations for the Year 10 2020-21 programme will open in the autumn term. For students who were part of the Year 10 programme during the 2019-20 academic year, you will be automatically moved up into the 20-21 Year 11 group.  Paperwork to this effect will be sent out in the summer term.

Capacity: 32 (16 per year group).

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 supporting their development; thereby encouraging them towards further study of Physics beyond GCSE.

How it works

Students will attend for 11 sessions in total during the autumn (Year 11 cohort) and spring (Year 10 cohort) terms. Please see the dates below.

How to join

This programme is teacher nominated only; we cannot accept applications from students directly. Teachers are invited to nominate Year 10 students during the autumn term.

If you have been part of our Year 10 Enhancement Programme you will automatically progress into next year’s Year 11 group.  Paperwork to this effect will be sent out to students directly in the summer term.

All sessions run on Tuesday afternoons from 1600-1730 at Exeter Mathematics School:

1st October 15th October 5th November
19th November 3rd December 17th December
14th January 28th January 11th February
3rd March 17th March – CANCELLED

All sessions run on Thursday afternoons from 1600-1730 at Exeter Mathematics School:

12th September 26th September 10th October
31st October 14th November 28th November – cancelled
12th December 9th January 23rd January
6th February 12th March

Ogden Trust KS4 Physics Challenge

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

When: 2020-21 date TBC.  Watch this space!

Where: The Phoenix, Gandy Street, Exeter, EX4 3LS

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: Physics teachers are emailed by EMS in the half term before the event takes place.

Capacity: 80 (20 teams)

Friday 13th December, 12pm – 4pm

The Phoenix, Gandy Street, Exeter

Teachers – please click here to sign up.  Further info in the PDF below.

KS4 Challenge Poster 2019 – E

Ogden Trust KS5 Physics Challenge

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

Date: 2020-21 date TBC – watch this space!

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!

Capacity: 60 (15 teams)

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