Physics

Physics Student Community – South West

Target Audience: Students from Cornwall, Devon, Dorset and Somerset who stand out for their achievement in and/or enthusiasm for physics.

Format: Three face-to-face and two online enrichment sessions led by EMS spread throughout the year.

Aim: To provide students, that might otherwise be isolated, with a community of like-minded peers to explore challenging and interesting physics.

How to get involved:  Email events@exeterms.ac.uk.  Students remain on the MSC programme until Year 11 and so we can accept nominations for any year group and can make offers of places at any time, should capacity permit.

Capacity: 64 (16 per year)

Our Physics Student Community (PSC) is a rolling programme; once enrolled, students remain members of the Community until Year 11, if they would like to.

Our aim is to bring together and inspire able physics students from across Cornwall, Devon, Dorset and Somerset, forming a community of learners who will work together, share ideas, attend masterclasses and receive mentoring; delivering a fascinating insight into the exciting field of physics!

Teachers frequently identify students within their settings who stand out from the crowd and who can find themselves working in isolation.  Our aim is to bring these students together, to enable them to work with peers who are similarly able and motivated, to provide stimuli which will deepen and broaden their appreciation of physics and its related fields and to demonstrate how physics relates to their lives.

It is our intention to support students throughout their secondary school career, regardless of whether or not they decide to apply for a place in our sixth form.

How it works

Students joining the PSC participate in a series of enrichment days at Exeter Maths School, supplemented by a couple of online sessions!

During the enrichment days students will take part in masterclasses and workshops.  They will be  introduced to Physics beyond the normal curriculum and will be encouraged to think about, debate and explore challenging concepts and ideas.

How to join

This programme is teacher nominated only; we cannot accept applications from students directly. Please email events@exeterms.ac.uk to make an enquiry about a late nomination.

If you are already part of the PSC, you will automatically be moved up into the next year group, year on year.

Date Time Location
Saturday 24 September 1000-1400 Exeter Maths School
Wednesday 23 November 1730-1830 Online
Saturday 7 January 1000-1400 Exeter Maths School
Saturday 29 April 1000-1400 Exeter Maths School
Wednesday 14 June 1730-1830 Online

Physics GCSE Enhancement Programme

Target Audience: Year 10 and 11 students who are not yet working at the highest level (i.e. working at a 6/7, but capable of achieving an 8/9).

Format: Weekly hour-long lessons delivered by EMS teachers after school hours. These are all currently face-to-face lessons at the school. The Year 11 group begins in the autumn term with the programme concluding at February half-term.   The Year 10 programme begins in the spring term.

Aim: To enable students to achieve better GCSE grades than initially predicted and to therefore have greater opportunities in Further and Higher education.

How to get involved: Details of how to apply for Year 10 Students in the 2022-23 academic year will be posted here soon.

Capacity: 32 (16 per year group).

During a series of workshops and group sessions, students will have the opportunity to develop a deeper and more connected understanding of GCSE content.

Supported by EMS staff, students will be provided with the stimuli to broaden their application of Physics and its related fields, whilst supporting their development; thereby encouraging them towards further study of Physics beyond GCSE.

How it works

Students will attend sessions during the autumn and spring (Year 11 cohort) and spring-summer (Year 10 cohort) terms.  Year 10 students return in the autumn term as they move into Year 11.

How to join

Details of how to apply for Year 10 Students in the 2022-23 academic year will be posted here soon.

Programme Schedule for Year 11 students finishing the programme in February 2023:

Date Student Time Location
12 January 1630-1730 Exeter Maths School
19 January 1630-1730 Exeter Maths School
26 January 1630-1730 Exeter Maths School
2 February 1630-1730 Exeter Maths School
9 February 1630-1730 Exeter Maths School

Programme Schedule for Year 10 students starting the programme in February 2023:

Date Student Time Location
2 March 1630-1730 Online
9 March 1630-1730 Online
16 March 1630-1730 Online
23 March 1630-1730 Online
30 March 1630-1730 Online
27 April 1630-1730 Online
4 May 1630-1730 Online
11 May 1630-1730 Online
18 May 1630-1730 Online
25 May 1630-1730 Online

KS4 Physics Challenge

Target Audience: Year 10 and 11 students in the Exeter & East-Devon area.

When: 09 February 2023.

Format: An afternoon with four rounds in a team-based inter-school competition.

Aim: To have fun, be challenged, enjoy Physics in a buzzy environment!

How to get involved: Information is sent to all 11-18 schools in our catchment area in the spring term. Teachers can request to be added to our mailing list by emailing events@exeterms.ac.uk

Capacity: 80 (20 teams)

KS5 Physics Challenge

Target Audience: year 12 and 13 students in the South West.

Date: 21 November 2022.

Format: An afternoon with four rounds in a team-based inter-school competition.

Aim: To have fun, be challenged, enjoy physics in a buzzy environment!

Capacity: 60 (15 teams)

How to get involved: Information is sent to all 11-18 schools in our catchment area in the autumn term. Teachers can request to be added to our mailing list by emailing events@exeterms.ac.uk

In partnership with the Ogden Trust, we’re delighted to share details of our upcoming KS5 Physics Challenge – an opportunity for your KS5 students to have fun, be challenged and enjoy Physics in a buzzy environment!

The event will take place on Monday 21 November, 1200-1600 at the Future Skills Centre, Exeter EX5 2LJ.

We would like to invite you to nominate one team, and one reserve team, of four students (to include at least two year 13 students).

The challenge will include:

  • An estimation round
  • A practical round
  • A very hard question round

Participation is free and students will need to be accompanied by a teacher on the day.

Please register your teams by midday on Friday 11 November, by clicking here.

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