Ambassadors for physics
The North Halifax Partnership launches their physics ambassador initiative with a hands-on physics afternoon.
Published: 9 October 2023
Last week, the Ogden North Halifax Partnership officially launched with an exciting afternoon of hands-on physics exploration. Thirty Year 5 and Year 6 pupils from the three partnership primary schools gathered at North Halifax Grammar School (hub for the new partnership) where they calculated density and used coloured liquids to explore the ideas of mean, median, mode and range – as well as making new physics friends!
A-level students from North Halifax Grammar (NHGS) were on hand to help the young learners get to grips with the physics, providing demonstrations and explanations that brought their learning to life. A facilitator from the Royal Institution provided a guiding hand.
Ogden regional representative, Dr Caroline Neuberg was also at this inaugural partnership event. “It was a pleasure to see these primary pupils coming together to complete an afternoon of exciting physics,” she enthuses.
“The A-level students added a friendly and approachable dimension and I’m sure it will have been a memorable experience for these pupils. I am excited to work further with the NHGS students as the school builds its physics ambassador programme. The students spoke with high anticipation about the initiative, and their enthusiasm and motivation will no doubt rub off on some of the primary pupils lucky enough to be involved,” adds Caroline.
Head of Science at NHGS, Joe McWilliams is leading the partnership: “Our Ogden partnership will help us to build connections with our local primary schools,” he explains. “We will be using a team of sixth-form physics students to deliver Primary Physics Masterclasses in our local schools. Hopefully the sixth-form students will develop their communication skills and get an experience of teaching, and the primary pupils will get to hear from a physic ‘expert’ delivering a hands-on session on an area of physics that they are passionate about!”
As regional rep, Caroline will be on hand to help Joe deliver on his partnership plans. “This fantastic afternoon of physics is a tribute to Joe’s energy and genuine passion to share his enthusiasm for the Ogden Trust partnership and for physics,” says Caroline.
“I look forward to seeing the partnership establishing some strong roots and relationships amongst the local schools,” she concludes.
Ogden school partnerships
The Ogden School Partnerships programme provides five years of funding, support and CPD for schools who want to work together to enhance the teaching and learning of physics. Partnerships which include a primary school can apply for Phiz Lab funding of up to £2,500, in their second partnership year. Applications for new partnerships open each year between September and February.