Primary school outreach

Target schools

The central outreach team works closely with a number of local primary schools to help enrich the teaching of physics and to increase the students exposure of STEM at Higher Education. The schools have been identified using the POLAR3 (participation of local areas) classification of areas across the UK based on the proportion of the young population that participates in higher education. The schools are located in Oxford within quintile 1 which have the lowest participation rates).

The target schools programme aims to:

  • To stimulate interest, enjoyment and learning in physics.
  • To help students learn or understand better topics covered in the curriculum.
  • To communicate to young people, before they make choices about further education, the key messages; 1) Anyone can do physics 2) Physics is exciting, relevant & important; it goes beyond the classroom and 3) Studying physics further broadens career possibilities.

Activities within the programme include:

  • Hands-on workshops on key physics topics such as space, forces and magnetism
  • A 'Day as an Undergraduate' taster day event
  • Tailored visits to the Department
  • Annual physics poster competition
  • A kit-loan scheme.

We have limited resources to organise visits to primary schools outside of this project as the majority of our work is focused on secondary schools. To find out more about our work with secondary schools please visit here: https://www2.physics.ox.ac.uk/about-us/outreach/schools.

Speakers for Schools - Requesting a researcher to visit your school

It may be possible to arrange for a researchers to visit other school in Oxfordshire for special activities such as a STEM fairs or careers days. If you are interested in this opportunity, please complete a Speakers for Schools Booking Request form which can be found attached to this page: https://www2.physics.ox.ac.uk/about-us/outreach/schools/speakers-and-shows. Unfortunately it may not always possible to find a researcher to visit your school.

Alternatively you may consider approaching an educational company who provide workshops for schools. There is a list of providers here: https://www.findschoolworkshops.co.uk/loc/Oxfordshire/Primary/Science/.

Contact

Please contact Lena Shams, schools.liaison@physics.ox.ac.uk for more information.