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Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Lordswood Boys Year 13 AQA ISA - Tuesday 12th March 2013

5 A2 students from Lordswood Boys and Hillcrest came to the Five Ways Physics Factory to complete their AQA ISA. Well done for keeping focused and working hard!

Ogden Trust/Physics Factory Year 9 G&T Session - Thursday 7th March 2013

King Edward VI Five Ways, Lordswood Girls, Edgbaston High and Bordesley Green Girls each brought a group of  their Year 9 G&T students for a Ogden Trust School Partnership masterclass at the Physics Factory. They experienced forces, using hammers, magnets, a toy helicopter, helium balloons, and the hoverboard and also learnt about heat transfer using ice, copper 'matches', food dye in gas jars, ice-melting and seeing black surface experiments and lots more.

Friday, 8 February 2013

Al-Hijrah School - Feb 13

'This week and last week, Al-Hijrah School year 11 girls and boys respectively visited the Physics Factory for a day's master class on Radioactivity. As well as demonstrating the properties of nuclear radiation, the day included modelling Beqerel's discovery, demonstrating random processes using pop corn and 'skittles', modelling ionisation and penetration as radiation travels through matter, modelling half-lives using dice and much more. The final session of the day was dedicated to 'Fun with Physics', involving the hoverboard, invisible test tubes, mixing light, separating white light into its colours and viewing the emission spectra of Hydrogen. One student remarked at the end that they couldn't believe how fast the day had gone and how much they'd learnt.'

Friday, 25 January 2013

Shenley Academy Yr12 Level 3 BTEC group - Friday 25th January 2013

Shenley Academy sent their Year 12 Level 3 BTEC group to the Physics Factory today for the first time. The group developed their understanding of energy and successfully completed a number of investigations to do with energy transfer and efficiency. The group were a pleasure to work with and a credit to their school! Please come again! Philip Jones.

Saturday, 12 January 2013

Waverley - EDEXCEL GCSE P2 Nov 12 Examination Grades

Congratulations to Year 11 for their outstanding modular results! 
Number of students who achieved:
1. A*/A = 64%
2. A*/C = 86%
3. predicted grade or higher = 75%

Thursday, 1 November 2012

John Orchard (Vice-Chair of Governors at Bartley Green School) - Thursday 1st November 2012

As part of a day in Bartley Green School visiting the science department and seeing it at work I spent part of the morning at the Physics Factory at King Edward VI Five Ways School with a group of our Year 11 students. I had demonstrated to me that "Physics is Fun!" as well as being very a very important subject with far reaching implications for understanding our natural world.

I was very impressed with the interest and enthusiasm shown by Bartley Green pupils for physics and the fact that some of them want to apply to King Edward's to study A Level physics.

I am very grateful to King Edward's for providing the opportunity for our pupils to develop an interest in physics

John Orchard

Thursday, 4 October 2012

New Physics Factory Ambassadors - 4th October 2012

We are pleased to announce the appointment of 14 new Physics Factory Ambassadors.

Last year's ambassadors made a real difference to the young people, teachers and VIPs using the Physics Factory. They spoke to them about studying Physics and how the Physics Factory benefits pupils who do not otherwise have a Physics specialist teaching them. They also helped non-specialist and specialist teachers alike appreciate practical ideas for making Physics relevant and fun. It was wonderful to watch these young people grow in confidence and knowledge through our ambassador initiative. Our four 2010-2011 ambassadors started university courses this September 2012 in Physics, Aeronautical engineering, Microbiology and Oceanography and we wish them every success.

Our new Ambassadors will be joining in with Physics Factory classes shortly - describing what A-level physics is like, why students may want to opt for it, encouraging more girls to continue with Physics beyond GCSE, as well as helping pupils with experiments and explaining aspects of Physics. If last year is anything to go by, their close hands-on help will really make a difference both to some of our students and practising teachers.

Saturday, 22 September 2012

KEFW Open Weekend - Fri 21st Sept/Sat 22nd Sept

Thank's to all the incredible Five Ways students who helped out during the school's open weekend! You were awesome! Phil and Jenny.

Monday, 3 September 2012

Kingshurst Academy AQA P1 & P2 Training - 4th September 2012

 Loads of fun; very hands on. Deborah Reilly.

Excellent day, really inspirational! Ross Slater.

16 delegates (87% of delegates said the course was very good)

Haselor Primary School (Alcester) - Light & Sound Training - 3rd September 2012

All of the practical experiments were really good and had lots of 'simple' ways to describe the science behind it! Sam Bates.

8 delegates - 100% of the delegates said the course was very good.