Physics for Non-Specialists Online - Energy

04 December 2021
09:30 - 13:00

This series of modules delivered online, aims to support non-specialist, early career and trainee teachers with physics teaching to Key Stage 4.

Event Type: 
Online event
11-19 Teachers
Early Career Teachers

Course Description

This course comprises a series of modules and aims to support non-specialist, early career and trainee teachers with physics teaching to Key Stage 4. It will be delivered by experienced trainers from Physics Partners working in partnership with the ASE.

Each module is a 3-hour Saturday session, and will focus on one topic. The overarching aim is to improve participants’ confidence in teaching physics. 

The course will cover common physics misconceptions, pedagogical content knowledge and a structured approach to tackling GCSE level examination questions.  Novel teaching approaches will be also introduced as well as relevant online resources, including the ASE's Concept Cartoons, a valuable learning resource used by many teachers in physics lessons, which are available at discounted rates for course delegates.

Other modules scheduled for the remaining academic year are:

22nd January 22 waves

05 February 22 Electromagnetism

12 March 22 Radioactivity

02 April 22 Astronomy

Energy Programme

In this course we will explain how to teach this difficult concept using the new approach of energy stores and pathways.  We will introduce some useful models and analogies, demonstrations and experiments and give participants some tips for how to teach this effectively.

09:30 – 10:30 Session 1

What energy is and what it is not. Some examples from everyday life where energy is transferred. The coloured fluid model and ‘energy ladders’ as useful ways of teaching this topic.  Use of online simulations.  Quantitative treatment of energy including equations needed at GCSE to solve problems.

10:30 – 10:45 Break

10:45 – 11:45 Session 2

Thermal energy; specific heat capacity and latent heat - theory and experiment.  Conduction, convection and radiation. 

11:45 – 12:00 Break

12:00 - 13:00 Session 3

Linking energy with other physics topics: electricity, waves, forces and work, nuclear physics.  Worked examples.

All participants will receive a CPD certificate on receipt of a feedback form.

Supporting Teaching Resources - Concept Cartoons

ASE and Millgate House are delighted to be able to offer the Concept Cartoons physics package at a discounted rate for participants of Physics for Non-Specialists.

Concept Cartoons are designed to introduce science concepts in everyday settings. Each character within the Cartoons has a different opinion about the science being discussed. All of the possible answers are plausible and highlight common learner misconceptions. Concept Cartoons are quick, simple and effective and designed to intrigue, provoke discussion and stimulate thinking. Every Cartoon is guaranteed to provoke passionate discussion and leave pupils wanting to know more.

The resources for physics teaching include the following:

  1. Section 1 – Living things
  2. Section 10 -  Light and shadow set 1
  3. Section 11 – Light and shadow set 2
  4. Section 12 – Sound set 1
  5. Section 13 – Sounds set 2
  6. Section 14 – Earth and moon
  7. Section 15 – Space and gravity
  8. Section 2 – The nature of materials
  9. Section 3 – Changes and properties of materials
  10. Section 4 – Electricity and magnetism set 1
  11. Section 5 – Electricity and magnetism set 2
  12. Section 6 – Physical and chemical changes
  13. Section 7 – Forces and motion

The link for viewing examples and ordering the Physics Concept Cartoons is:

The normal price for the above resources is £15, reduced to £12 when you input the discount code which will be provided to registered participants during the course.

Course Fees

ASE Member                                       £37.50

ASE Member student/RQT/NQT      £32.50

ASE Non-Member                               £75.00

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