Physics of Christmas lesson

Well its almost Christmas and I decided that this would be a great chance to do a bit of extra engagement with a few of my classes. We have also just completed a whole term of (KS3) physics. This means we have encountered, forces, light, electricity and energy. So why not do a lesson of application that is not just an exam. So here is my plan (going to try it tomorrow) – well a rough write up of a plan with associated resources:

Physics of Christmas

Outcomes:
Calculate the speed of Father Christmas
Explain assumptions made in calculations
Evaluate situations and suggest solutions

Starter: Ask students to produce a list of what they think could be physics to do with Christmas.

Main: Circus activity where groups of students spend 5 minutes at each station to complete a challenge using their physics understanding from the previous term.

Plenary: Students complete an extended piece of writing about the physics of Christmas.

I have created both a worksheet for students and info sheets / challenge for each station (see links).

Let me know if you try any of this, I’m going to give this a go and post my review of my lessons.

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