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Escape Room physics

Challenging KS3 students to use their physics knowledge to unlock the box and find the prize.

Published: 8 December 2022

The Ogden Meridian Trust Established Collaboration Partnership officially launched in September this year and is already building a thriving partnership community. The primary schools are engaged in Phizzi CPD; and physics book boxes are being created and launched, with lunchtime science book clubs being run by newly appointed Year 6 ambassadors. Schools in the partnership are also creating take-home science kits to share the science learning and enthusiasm outside of school, whilst in school ‘physicist of the month’ displays will celebrate the young scientists.

Plans are in development for KS3 Physics CPD, science fairs and cross-phase events to really bring the partnership together and support transition. The partnership has already launched a successful Physics Escape Room challenge using partnership funding.

“Across Meridian Trust we have been delighted to host our Escape Room challenges,” explains Partnership Co-ordinator, and Curriculum Director of Science, James Brown. “Each event sees four to five schools take part with approximately 60 Year 7 students involved.

children sat at a table working on escape room challenges

“We have created challenges which utilise physics knowledge but really stretch our students to answer GCSE demand questions (and beyond) without much support! Each of our challenges have an answer which can be used to unlock the padlock,” continues James. “To make the challenge more exciting, we have two stages. Every group has a box which they need to unlock – each box contains a small prize with further clues to unlock a treasure chest. The winning team opens the treasure chest first!”

The Meridian Trust used partnership funding to buy wooden boxes which their DT department laser engraved with the trust logo on the top. To launch the challenge, they created 16 kits and bought prizes. The kits can now be used in cross-trust events from primary and secondary (the Partnership has a number planned already), and individual schools can book the resources to create their own Escape Room challenges for school enrichment activity.

“Our students loved the challenges,” concludes James. “It was a joy to watch their excitement when they managed to crack the code.“

15 wooden escape room boxes on a table

School partnerships

Applications for new partnerships open each year between September and February

A local cluster partnership (a group of four or more schools within a local area) can apply for up to £2,500 per academic year for the first three years and up to £1,000 in the fourth year for partnership activities to enhance the teaching and learning of physics. A further grant of up to £250 is available as partnerships move into their legacy phase. In the first year, partnership co-ordinators are awarded a time buy-out giving them half a day a week to build relationships across the cluster and establish the partnership.

An established collaboration partnership (a group of four or more schools associated through a multi-academy trust (MAT), MAC, federation, educational trust, etc) can apply for up to £2,000 per academic year for the first three years and £1,000 in the fourth year for activities to enhance the teaching and learning of physics. The partnership lead is eligible for up to two years of time buy-out to support the partnership.

Partnerships receive support from Ogden regional representatives and teachers at all partnership schools can access Ogden CPD from Early Years Foundation Stage through to Key Stage 3.

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