Browse our selection of classroom resources created by our staff and students to help you bring physics to life in your classroom. You’ll find downloadable resources and a selection of videos - great talking points to introduce a topic or spark deeper discussion around ideas in the classroom.
Download our set of postcards designed to help you introduce your KS3 students to the varied careers that studying physics opens up. The pack includes 12 postcards, each profiling a different job role in physics with links to local employers. There’s also a teacher’s guide with tips and ideas on how to use the postcards in your classroom.
Artist Paul Evans has been collaborating with physicists from our department to explore the fascinating world of structural colour. Structural colour is the production of colour by microscopic surfaces, sometimes with the help of pigments. You can download the Structural Colouring Book from this project to use with your class. The book features eight 'Star Species’ including butterflies, birds, a frog and a beetle that have evolved 'structural colour' to suit their own biological needs. Learn more about the fascinating world of light and colour on the project website.
Head to our Science at Sheffield YouTube channel for more videos to support your science teaching.
You can find more content related to astrophysics and featuring our academics on the Deep Sky Videos YouTube channel.
A team from our Department, including Gillian Gehring, David Mowbray, David Lidzey and Susan Cartwright, have produced thoroughly tried and tested activity guidelines appropriate for Key Stages 1 and 2, suitable both for (astro-)physicists to take into a primary schools.
To download the lesson plans and materials see the Institute of Physics website.
Each topic includes full instructions on schools liaison, which demonstration materials to assemble, as well as important risk assessment guidelines. The project, funded under the EPSRC PPA scheme, allowed us to employ Ann Marks part-time. Ann brought her indispensable teaching experience to the project to develop and trial all original, newly developed materials extensively in local primary schools.
We hope that the materials on the website will be useful for anyone aiming to generate enthusiasm for physics and astronomy at the primary level, and act as a catalyst to produce a growing collection of teaching materials suitable specifically for this level.
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