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This section includes a range of curriculum resources for teaching and learning, as well as How to guides to help you encourage and develop physics at your school. Use the filters to help find the resources you are looking for.

The Ogden Trust resources have been evaluated by The Association for Science Education (ASE) – the foremost body for science education across the UK – and they have been awarded the ASE Green Tick.

Daisy Shearer: Postgraduate Researcher in Physics

Phizzi professionals gives an insight into career pathways from physics. Daisy Shearer is a postgraduate researcher in physics.

Glen Cornhill: Chief Technology Officer

Phizzi professionals gives an insight into career pathways from physics. Glen Cornhill is Chief Technology Officer at Artemis Space.

Claire Malone: physicist

Phizzi professionals gives an insight into career pathways from physics. Claire is a physicist at the University of Cambridge and CERN.

Phizzi focus: using technology when working scientifically

This Phizzi focus looks at using technology in the primary classroom. 

teachers taking part in the CERN Playing with Protons CPD

Playing with Protons

Playing with Protons resources for primary schools based on teacher CPD at CERN.

Luke in the lab

Luke Davis: theoretical physicist

Phizzi professionals gives an insight into career pathways from physics. Luke is a theoretical physicist.

Mark Richards

Dr Mark Richards: Atmospheric physicist

Phizzi professionals gives an insight into career pathways from physics. Mark is an atmospheric physicist.

Martyn in full blue PPE working in a lab

Martyn Wells: Optical engineer

Phizzi professionals gives an insight into career pathways from physics. Martyn is an Optical Engineer.

Phizzi professionals: Blank templates

Our Phizzi professionals series has been designed to give an insight into career pathways from physics.

Piyal stood near equipment

Piyal Samara-Ratna: Mechanical engineer

Phizzi professionals gives an insight into career pathways from physics. Piyal is a Mechanical Engineer working on space projects.

Ewan Marshall: Tech entrepreneur & business founder

Phizzi professionals gives an insight into career pathways from physics. Ewan Marshall did a Master's in physics and now develops technology for social good​.

Charlotte Burman: Marine engineer officer

Phizzi professionals gives an insight into career pathways from physics. Charlotte Burman is a Marine Engineer Officer for the Royal Navy.

Shami Smith-Sandhu: Fire engineer

Phizzi professionals gives an insight into career pathways from physics. Shami Smith-Sanhu is a fire engineer.

Ragavan Nagaratnam: Physics teacher

Phizzi professionals gives an insight into career pathways from physics. Ragavan Nagaratnam is a physics teacher.

Dr Jess Boland: Lecturer

Phizzi professionals gives an insight into career pathways from physics. Dr Jessica Boland is a lecturer at Manchester University.

Peta Foster

Dr Peta Foster: Senior scientist

Phizzi professionals gives an insight into career pathways from physics. Dr Peta Foster is a Senior Scientist, looking at ways to generate cleaner energy.

Felicity Levett: Project manager

Phizzi professionals gives an insight into career pathways from physics. Felicity Levett is a Project Manager for BAE Applied Intelligence.

Joe Abbott: Paediatric eye surgeon

Phizzi professionals gives an insight into career pathways from physics. Joe Abbott is a Paediatric Eye Surgeon.

Yolanda - a black female scientist at a medical scanner

Dr Yolanda Ohene: Biophysicist

Phizzi professionals gives an insight into career pathways from physics. Dr Yolanda Ohene is a biophysicist.

Dr Heather Williams: Consultant medical physicist

Phizzi professionals gives an insight into career pathways from physics. Dr Heather Williams is a Consultant Medical Physicist.

Hans Trivedi: Chief technology officer

Phizzi professionals gives an insight into career pathways from physics. Hans Trivedi is a Chief Technology Officer.

Helen Czerski: Ocean physicist

Phizzi professionals gives an insight into career pathways from physics. Helen Czerski is an ocean physicist.

John Jermy: School science technician

Phizzi professionals gives an insight into career pathways from physics. John Jermy is a school science technician.

Alasdair Roberts

Alasdair Robertson: Assistant operations manager

​Phizzi professionals gives an insight into the career pathways that can lead from physics. Alasdair Robertson works in the renewable energy sector.

Samantha Jones: Aerospace engineering technical apprentice

Phizzi professionals gives an insight into career pathways from physics. Samantha Jones is an Aerospace Engineering Technical Apprentice.

Monifa Phillips

Dr Monifa Phillips: Trainee patent attorney

Phizzi professionals gives an insight into career pathways from physics. Monifa is a trainee patent attorney.

Tinashe

Tinashe Muchada: Inventor & start-up director

Phizzi professionals gives an insight into career pathways from physics. Tinashe has invented a new way to monitor diseases.

Zeppelin Staaken coming down to land over a building

Ideas over time: largest planes

A simple card game that can help children develop an awareness of forces and flight.

The Thrust SuperSonic Car - a British jet car developed by Richard Noble, Glynne Bowsher, Ron Ayers, and Jeremy Bliss

Ideas over time: fastest way to travel

A simple card game that can help children develop an awareness of forces and movement.

Golden gate bridge

Ideas over time: bridges

A simple card game that can help children develop an awareness of materials and forces.

Apollo 17 - buggy on moon - credit NASA

Ideas over time: Moon landings

A simple card game that can help children develop an awareness of the history of space travel.

fireworks in a night sky

Ideas over time: light sources

A simple card game that can help children develop an awareness of light sources and their history.

Alexander Graham Bell

Ideas over time: electrical inventions

A simple card game that can help children develop an awareness of the history of electricity.

an electricity pylon against a blue and pink sky

Ideas over time: electricity

Looking at how ideas about electricity have changed over time helps children develop their understanding of how science works.

a photo of planet earth taken from space by NASA

Ideas over time: history of the universe

Create a till roll timeline of the history of the universe and get children looking at the bigger picture.

Ideas over time: loudest sounds till roll timeline

Create a till roll timeline mapping 10 of the loudest sounds heard over the past two centuries.

a geiger counter

NUSTEM A-level practical videos

NUSTEM has teamed up with physics teacher Alom Shaha to produce a series of films on the A-level required practicals.

a close up of solar panels

Sustainability physics

A website for teachers and students with resources, interviews and ideas for sustainability physics.

teacher demonstrating to students

schoolphysics.co.uk

A free online physics resource for all secondary school physics students and their teachers.

two adults in conversation, working at a laptop

Isaac Physics

Online study tools to help students develop the skills required to solve physics problems.

three female students shining coloured torchlight on their heads

How to run a science ambassador scheme

A science ambassador scheme involves secondary students running their own science club.

tubes of coloured liquid

How to support your school as a specialist science teaching assistant

A guide to utilising HLTAs to support primary science.

boy with science fair poster display

How to organise a science fair

Increase the profile of science in school and inspire and engage children.

three male students carrying out a science challenge

How to organise a physics olympics

A guide to organising an inter-school physics Olympics.

blue balloon and a red bulldog clip being used for a 'rocket' launch

How to organise a rocket workshop

A guide to running a rocket workshop at your school.

boy with balloon on his head

How to run physics busking

A guide to running physics busking at your school.

three school children

How to set up a child-led science committee

A guide to setting up a student-led science committee.

boy looking at a computer screen

How to support your school as a science governor

A guide to support school science governors.

a pupil and a teacher clean and tidy science equipment

How to create a primary science lab

Some suggestions to help you set up a primary science lab.

teacher reviewing a child's work book at a moderation meeting - other teachers are gathered in the background

How to lead a primary science moderation meeting

A guide to the how and why of science moderation meetings.

Classroom wall displays showing lab coat, working scientifically information and space posters

How to create primary science displays

Ideas and inspiration to help you create effective primary science wall displays.

girl working in classroom setting

How to run primary science ambassador schemes

Planning a primary science ambassador scheme? Find ideas and inspiration with this guide.

a black starry night

How to run stargazing events for children and parents

A introduction to the night sky and stargazing events.

two girls using a newton meter to move a black shoe on a desk

Phizzi enquiry: slippy shoes

A primary science enquiry exploring the force of friction.

Professor Clifford Johnson at desk with books and whiteboard behind him

Research cards: Black physicists

These research cards introduce the achievements of Black physicists.

a microphone

Research cards: sound

These research cards identify key individuals in the history of our understanding about sound.

female scientists by a medical scanner

Research cards: female physicists

These research cards introduce the achievements of nine female physicists - past and present.

a hanging apple

Research cards: gravity

Research cards on six individuals and projects that made contributions to how our ideas about gravity have changed over time.

three children investigate friction with cars on ramps

Research cards: friction

Research cards on six individuals and projects that made contributions to how our ideas about friction have changed over time.

Buzz Aldrin Deploys Apollo 11 Experiments

Research cards: Moon landings

Research cards on six Moon landings over the years, giving an insight into space exploration.

Black man moving hand towards ear

Research cards: helping us hear

These research cards identify six key developments in the history of hearing devices.

light rays coming from a disco ball

Research cards: light

These research cards identify six key individuals in the history of our understanding about light.

tubes of coloured liquid

Working scientifically: comparative test

In comparative tests in primary science the children compare different cases and situations.

three school children

Working scientifically: ideas over time

This resource helps children to develop skills in exploring how scientific ideas have changed over time.

a group of primary pupils working at a desk covered in paper and research

Research cards: Earth and space

Research cards on six individuals and projects in the history of Earth and space, together with a lesson plan for the history of the solar system.

hanging lightbulbs

Research cards: electricity

These research cards identify six key individuals in the history of electricity.

pupils doing research

Working scientifically: research

In primary science research enquiries, children get to use a range of secondary sources to help them find the answers to ‘big questions’.

items floating or sinking in water - balloon, wood and stone

Working scientifically: identifying and classifying

In this type of primary science enquiry, children make observations and measurements to help them look for similarities and differences.

autumn leaves in a line

Working scientifically: pattern seeking

Pattern-seeking enquiries in primary science involve children making measurements or observations to explore situations.

two female pupils investigating light in the playground

Working scientifically: observing over time

Observing over time enquiries in primary science are a fantastic way for children to be curious about the world around them.

three pupils are measuring the sound made by a drum

Working scientifically: fair test

Fair test enquiries in primary science are an opportunity for children to explore cause and effect relationships in science.

aurora

Phizzi problem solving: magnetometer

A physics-themed practical activity with links to maths.

a homemade magnetic fishing game

Phizzi problem solving: fishing game

A physics-themed practical activity with links to maths.

red and blue magnets

Phizzi problem solving: fridge magnets

A physics-themed practical activity with links to maths.

homemade racing game

Phizzi problem solving: magnetic racing game

A physics-themed practical activity with links to maths.

A NASA image of an astronaut in space

Phizzi focus: moon landings

This Phizzi focus includes stimulating ideas, links and resources to bring the topic of space exploration into the primary classroom.

moon in black sky

Phizzi focus: earth and space

This Phizzi focus includes stimulating ideas, links and resources to bring the topic of Earth and space into the primary classroom.

two female pupils working on circuits

Phizzi focus: electricity

This Phizzi focus includes stimulating ideas, links and resources to bring the topic of electricity into the primary classroom.

a boy and a girl learn about forces with a magnet investigation

Phizzi focus: forces

This Phizzi focus includes stimulating ideas, links and resources to bring the topic of forces into the primary classroom.

female scientist at a medical scanning machine

Phizzi focus: women in physics

This Phizzi focus has been written for International Women's Day and includes links, resources and ideas to celebrate women in science.

primary pupil investigating science with paint and paper clips on a paper plate with a magnet wand

Phizzi enquiry: paper clip painting

A Phizzi Foundation enquiry to encourage curiosity and questioning.

Pupils investigating the pipe cleaner resource

Phizzi enquiry: pipe cleaner push & pull

A Phizzi Foundation enquiry to encourage curiosity and questioning.

two primary pupils investigating floating and sinking with coloured balls in water

Phizzi enquiry: sinking eggs

A Phizzi Foundation enquiry to encourage curiosity and questioning.

three boys investigating with cereal

Phizzi enquiry: soggy cereals

A Phizzi Foundation enquiry to encourage curiosity and questioning.

three young boys react to a person dressed up as a tiger

Phizzi enquiry: tea for a tiger

A Phizzi Foundation enquiry to encourage curiosity and questioning.

boy with a homemade toy to show the wind

Phizzi enquiry: wonderful wind

A Phizzi Foundation enquiry to encourage curiosity and questioning.

Primary pupils playing with pegs and lolly sticks

Phizzi enquiry: lolly stick skyscraper

A Phizzi Foundation enquiry to encourage curiosity and questioning.

a boy and a girl are investing primary science with a yellow balloon and a paper plate with pepper and powder

Phizzi enquiry: balloon beards

A phizzi foundation enquiry to encourage curiosity and questioning.

primary pupils outside investigating science with a plastic bottle and bubbles

Phizzi enquiry: bubble snakes

A Phizzi Foundation enquiry to encourage curiosity and questioning.

A stretched chocolate bar in the a child's hands

Phizzi enquiry: stretchy chocolate

A Phizzi Foundation enquiry to encourage curiosity and questioning.

water

Phizzi practical: make a hydrophone

Make a hydrophone and see if sound travels through water.

a craft in space

Phizzi practical: heat shield testing

Use this Phizzi practical to make and test a heat shield.

a glowing pink plasma ball

Physics online

Video tutorials and resources for GCSE and A-level physics.

The Great Pyramid Eygpt

Ideas over time: tallest buildings

A simple card sort game for children learning about the physical properties of materials.

a plane flying against a blue sky

Phizzi practical: forces and flight

Investigate forces and flight in this paper aeroplane practical.

a circuit with an orange

Phizzi practical: fruity batteries

How to make and test a fruity battery.

crisp tubes representing planets

Phizzi practical: planetary picnic

Explore weight, mass and the force of gravity.

A scribblebot in action

Phizzi practical: scribblebot

A guide to making your own scribblebot.

outer space

Phizzi practical: solar system in my pocket

Learn about the distances between planets and the Sun with a solar system for your pocket.

cardboard cogs

Phizzi practical: investigating gears

Making and investigating simple gears.

a glowing pink plasma ball

Phizzi practical: electroscope

A guide to making your own simple electroscope.

A still from the STEM Sisters show with puppet and puppeteer

STEM Sisters

Teaching plans and resources showcasing historical female scientists and mathematicians.

cave opening looking up to the sky

Phizzi practical: bear cave

Create a bear cave for the children to explore as they learn about light.

coins

Phizzi practical: coin battery

A guide to making your own simple coin battery.

planets made from play doh

Phizzi practical: playdough planets

Create a model of the solar system using playdough.

close up detail of cogs

Ideas over time: simple machines

A simple timeline game looking at how ideas about machines have changed over time.

aurora

Phizzi practical: magnetometer

Follow this guide to make a simple magnetometer.

a man in a lab coat demonstrating with a tuning fork

Phizzi practical: seeing sound vibrations

Practical activities to demonstrate sound vibrations.