North West

Manchester, Cheshire, Merseyside, Lancashire, Cumbria

Our workshops are run at no cost to schools or participants. You can also contact your local Physics Network Coordinator to request a workshop on a topic of your choice, or to host a regional session.






Loreto Grammar School
WA14 4AH

5 December 2018
All day

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Explaining everyday events and devices using GCSE Physics – contextualise your teaching!
Perfect for NQTs, RQTs and non-physics specialists.
Two sessions – book for morning, afternoon or both.
Morning session: Planes, drones and automobiles
Using Newton’s Laws and the equations of motion to describe, explain and investigate motion of flying machines and cars
Session 1: Physics of flight (1000-1100)
Using models and simulations to illustrate Newton’s Laws of motion and explain how aircraft can fly – interesting context to a challenging topic area.
Session 2: Guest speaker: PC Dave Holmes, Senior Forensic Collision Investigator, GMP (1115-1215)
How the equations of motion (particularly v2-u2=2as) is used to investigate (and prosecute) road traffic collisions.

Lunch (1215-1300)

Afternoon session: Motors, magnets and microphones
Session 1: Making motors (1300-1400)
Using simple equipment to make working motors and loudspeakers
Session 2: Mobile phone technology (1415-1515)
How does electromagnetic induction (a.k.a. the generator effect) give us microphones and wireless chargers?

Aintree International Equestrian Centre

15 January 2019
All Day

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A whole day workshop, primarily aimed at Stimulating Physics Network Partner Schools. It’s important, when teaching physics, to set it in context so that our students can see the relevance. This day is aimed at showing how physics is involved in equestrian sports, hosted by the Aintree International Equestrian Centre, home to the world famous Grand National Race..

The day will include 4 sessions of physics based around curriculum content such as Newton’s Laws of Motion, Balanced forces and equilibrium, thermal insulation and projectile motion. There will also be a behind the scenes tour of the facilities of the racecourse and a demonstration of show jumping.

It is anticipated that the course will be popular so early booking is recommended.

Your regional team

Alison Taylor

Higher Education Liaison Officer

01612 472 978

Brendan Ickringill

TLC Team Leader

0785 031 2419

Graham Perrin

TLC Deputy Team Leader

07540 203 720

Teaching and Learning Coaches (IOP)

Diana Farley

07720 084 416

Darren Forbes

07525 631 496

Brendan Ickringill

07850 312 419

School-based Physics Coaches and Lead Schools

Brendan Ickringill, Bolton Girls' School

Anthony Cliffe, Calday Grange Grammar School

Paul Cass, Cheadle Hulme School

Kerry Colyer, Elton High School

Steve Pearce, Loreto Grammar

Catherine Dale, Queen Elizabeth School

Kate Finch, St Hilda's Church of England High School

Sarah Grady, The Deanery CE High School

Physics Network Coordinators

Gender Balance Officers


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