Physicists in Primary Schools

This collection from Physicists in Primary Schools (PIPS) is designed to interest and enthuse young children with the enjoyment and excitement of physics. Developed by a team from the University of Sheffield for the Institute of Physics (IOP), it is designed to support primary school teachers particularly with abstract concepts when teaching physical processes.

The material covers twelve topics within the curriculum with each resource including a presentation and detailed teacher guidance on running activities. Presentations start with basic concepts and end by linking physics research with the children’s everyday experiences. Activities, which are designed to engage children through focused practical work, use mainly resources to be found in the home and involve the whole class.

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Forces and Gravity

This resource from Physicists in Primary Schools (PIPS) supports the teaching of forces and gravity at Key Stage Two. A presentation introduces pushes and pulls, gravity and weight, demonstrating forces acting on falling objects and how to measure force using forcemeters. It also looks at gravity on the Moon and...

Light

This resource from Physicists in Primary Schools (PIPS) supports the teaching of [b]light[/b] at Key Stage Two. A presentation introduces sources of light and how we see them, demonstrating how we see objects, reflection of light, composition of white light and primary colours. The presentation is interspersed with...

Forces and Springs

This resource from Physicists in Primary Schools (PIPS) supports the teaching of forces and springs at Key Stage Two.

A presentation introduces springs and explores the elastic and inelastic properties of materials. A whole class activity focuses on applying different forces to 'stretchimals' (stretchy toy...

Sunlight and Space Travel

This resource from Physicists in Primary Schools (PIPS) supports the teaching of Earth, Sun and Moon...

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