Physics resources for home learning

Whether you're a parent, carer or home school educator, explore a variety of activities and challenges that can be used to support children’s physics education from home.

More resources coming soon.

 

Resources for 11-14 year-olds

  • regreen the desert

    Explore problems faced by communities living in Sudan due to drought, then design and build their own model of an irrigation system.
     

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  • squashed tomato challenge

    Farmers in Nepal need to get their tomatoes down a mountainside to sell at market.  In this challenge children design and build a model of an aerial ropeway to move tomatoes from a tabletop to the ground.

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  • are we connected?

    Explores engineering through the technology we communicate and connect with. 
     

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  • light saver

    Investigates how properties of light have been used to develop a light-based technique to help monitor the health of babies' brains.

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  • power up!

    Look at different types of energy, the importance of electricity and how it is generated.

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  • Noisy coat hangers

    Make a coat hanger which will transmit sound into your ears. Can you explain how this is working when talking about vibrations?

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  • Lifting lemon (and more)

    A booklet of 20 physics experiments which can be attempted at home using household items.

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  • Do try this at home

    Hands-on activities which link to the topics of electricity, sound, forces, and changes of state.

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  • Quick Physics Demos

    Quick and easy experiments to get you thinking about physics.

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  • Physics podcasts: heating

    Do bubbles keep your bath warmer for longer?

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  • Energy Analyst

    A video on which power station would be best in the future.

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  • Around the world

    Global travel using speed, distance and time.

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  • Misconceptions

    Identify physics misconceptions using diagnostic questions.

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  • Make a motor

    Build a working electric motor.

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  • Reaction times

    Design your own reaction time investigation.

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  • The mystery of the levitating train

    Can you use your electromagnetism knowledge to solve this problem?

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Resources for 14-16 year-olds

  • regreen the desert

    Explore problems faced by communities living in Sudan due to drought, then design and build their own model of an irrigation system.
     

    Arrow

  • squashed tomato challenge

    Farmers in Nepal need to get their tomatoes down a mountainside to sell at market.  In this challenge children design and build a model of an aerial ropeway to move tomatoes from a tabletop to the ground.

    Arrow

  • Quick Physics Demos

    Quick and easy experiments to get you thinking about physics.
     

    Arrow

  • Lifting lemon (and more)

    A booklet of 20 physics experiments which can be attempted at home using household items.

    Arrow

  • Electrostatic Tinsel

    Watch the video on electrostatics using a balloon and some tinsel. Students can then recreate and work out what is happening with electric charge. You can also use an empty aluminium can.

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  • GPS and Trilateration

    Notes and experiments to demonstrate GPS. Teacher and student sheets.

     

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  • Universe and more

    An interactive graphing challenge with worksheets.

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  • Energy Analyst

    A video on which power station would be best in the future.

    Arrow

  • Misconceptions

    Identify physics misconceptions using diagnostic questions.

    Arrow

  • Make a motor

    Build a working electric motor.

    Arrow

  • Reaction times

    Design your own reaction time investigation.

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  • PhET Electromagnetic Lab

    Play with a bar magnet and coils to learn about Faraday's law.

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  • Electromagnetic Induction

    A brief video explaining electromagnetic induction.

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Resources for 16-19 year-olds

Page last updated: 28 July 2020