Fine tuning

“Fine tuning” A Level Required Practical 1 – Investigation into the variation of the frequency of stationary waves on a string with length, tension and mass per unit length of the string.

Seriously grappling with physics assessment today;

AT – a
Use appropriate analogue apparatus to record a range of measurements of length and to interpolate between scale markings
AT – b
Use appropriate digital instruments, to obtain a range of measurements time
AT – c
Use methods to increase accuracy of measurements in timing over multiple oscillations.
AT – i
Generate and measure waves using a vibration transducer

Who needs McDonalds… not us.

6 students from Post 16 have had their first session cooking today for part of the life skills section of their XP Diploma.

And what a fab start! Thanks to Mrs ap Harri for leading the session.

They each cooked Sausage, egg and cheese mcMuffins.

Prior to this they have each completed the Safety & hygiene level 2 award in food.

Here are some photos of a really fun afternoon.

Keep posted for what we cook up next week!

Yesterday’s crew session

Yesterday morning in crew students were split into two groups. We carried out an activity based on a staff crew session which Mr Walker and Miss O’Grady had led the previous week.

Each group had to race to grab post-it notes from the centre of the hall. Each post-it had a piece of sports equipments. Students were then challenged to develop a game using that equipment using the following criteria:

  • The game must involve all players
  • The game must not be a replica of an existing game (although modified is OK)
  • The game must have a (preferably silly) name.

Each group nominated a chair to facilitate discussion.

 

The chairs found it tough to get the groups working collaboratively and creatively. So we circled up and talked about how this type of activity was analogous to what many job interviews look like, where applicants are placed in groups and asked to complete a task, whilst being observed all of the time.

Students were asked to give a fist to five on their contribution and enthusiasm and those that needed to had the integrity to admit that they perhaps had not been helping their team as best they could. We also talked about the nature of creativity and how taking existing ideas or games and changing them is an appropriate ay of being creative. All creative ideas are built on knowledge and ideas that have come before.

The photos above are the outcome of this mid-task debrief. Two teams circled up with chairs leading the discussion. A lot more progress was made from this point on. We are going to play the games next week with some input from each team, especially the chairs on how it went this week and what can be done better.

Thanks to Mr Walker and Miss O’Grady for their staff crew session which helped us to plan this one. And also thanks to Anthony and Rory for stepping up to be chairs. Looking forward to playing the games next week – one of which looks as if it is set to involve cones for hats!

Student led crew

 

 

 

 

 

 

Well done Berke for organising bench ball this week in student led crew.

Debrief, what went well?

“Good team work”,

“Good communication”,

Debrief, what could we work on?

“Think what the weather might be like when planning activities”

“Think of an activity which is not a physical, like quizzes”

GQ: How small can we go?

A Level Physics

GQ: How small can we go?

Fundamental Particles

Maisy Sutherland

A-Level science

I noticed...

Previously, when we looked at the atom in our GCSE work we observed the atom and how it was discovered and what it consisted of . We agreed that the Electron, a negatively charged lepton, was the smallest particle as well as recognising that it moved in shells around the nucleus. The nucleus of the atom is extremely dense and makes up the mass of the atom, it is positively charged due to the protons, which are positively charged baryons, and neutrons which have no charge and are also baryons.

I wondered...

However, for Physicians this didn’t quite sit and they needed more knowledge about these little building blocks that are supposedly what compose the universe. After many debates and extensive experiments they found that something must make these protons and neutrons. We found out about Quarks and antiquarks, that matter has is opposing antimatter. Or we even questioned, What is making up the empty space in our universe? Dark matter? 

Well, quite frankly get to the point, there must be something much smaller to make up something else. This can be shown in Biology, for example:

Organelles makeup cells, Cells build tissues, these tissues make organs, Organs then lead to organ systems which then make an organisms. This process then carries onto ecosystems and biomes.

I question...

Physics follows a similar concept! So, there are no reasons why we cannot still question if there is smaller, much smaller than what we already know.