CPD for Teachers

Agent Exoplanet


Have you ever wondered how astronomers discover planets orbiting stars outside our Solar System? This activity takes you through the steps astronomers use when they study extra-solar planet transits.
The School of Physics offers, Agent Exoplanet, an interactive web project which lets you measure the brightness of a star with a transiting planet. As the planet goes between us and the star, the planet blocks some of the light from the star. We measure this dip in brightness and see a light curve. Properties of this light curve give us information about the planet's size, mass, orbital distance and orbital speed. This is especially useful for non–astronomy-expert teachers who find themselves teaching astronomy in the classroom.
As well as an online web app, we have also created a worksheet for students and a Teacher’s Guide. These resources are designed to help teachers to explore the discovery of planets in our Galaxy.


Cardiff Case Studies Annual Teachers Conference


Geography teachers from across the UK are invited to join researchers from the School of Geography and Planning at their annual Case Studies Conference. This free annual event is hosted in the Cardiff University's Glamorgan Building and gives teachers the opportunity to meet researchers and find out about contemporary research in the area of geography and planning. To find out more or to book your place at the next teacher conference follow the link below.


Cardiff University’s Annual Welsh Baccalaureate Teachers Conference


The Welsh Baccalaureate Teachers Conference is hosted by the School of Social Sciences. The annual event takes place during the summer term and is aimed at teachers who support and deliver the Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification in key stages 4 and 5. The skills based conference is also suitable for any teacher wanting to undertake action research in their own school or college. The Conference programme is delivered by researchers from across Cardiff University together with advisory teachers and partner organisation. The day long programme includes workshops and lectures which aim to support teachers by increasing their confidence in teaching research skills. The day provides teachers with the opportunity to meet and speak with researchers, access bespoke resources and engage with colleagues from other schools and colleges to share ideas and network. Follow the links below to find out more about past events and access online resources.

Free MOOC’s @Cardiff University

Cardiff University offer 4 free Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC's) The online courses offer learners the opportunity to study anywhere at any time. The four courses currently on offer are:-
*Making Sense of Health Evidence: The Informed Consumer
*Working with Translation: Theory and Practice
*Muslims in Britain: Changes and Challenges
*Community Journalism: Digital and Social Media.
For more information about free online courses, please visit http://sites.cardiff.ac.uk/free-online-courses

Harvard Referencing – Tutorial


This tutorial will help you understand how to:
•cite sources in your written work
•include quotations in your written work
•write your references list

using the Cardiff University Harvard referencing style.

Inspiring Science Education (ISE)

Foundation KS2 KS3 KS4 KS5

The Inspiring Science Education project, funded by EU FP7, aims to motivate and stimulate teachers to attract youngsters to the world of scientific discoveries, natural and scientific phenomena and much more by providing them within their classrooms with access to the latest interactive tools and digital resources.


Multiwavelength Astronomy


Explore the Electromagnetic Spectrum using images from astronomy from the radio to gamma ray. The main activity is a quiz involving matching up objects seen at different wavelengths. As optional extras, students can study one object in more detail through their own research and design a poster explaining the object.

Teacher resources (ppt) are available to explain the different regions of the spectrum in an astronomical context and can also cover themes such as black-body radiation (generally for 16-19 only). The main activity generally takes about 20-30 minutes to complete, and so fits nicely into a single lesson, although it can be expanded to a double lesson. It is also applicable for science clubs.

The activity uses Herschel Space Observatory as a case study to explain observations at other wavelengths.

Session is generally given by a researcher to a class or CPD teacher training session, so it can be given in person at later times by the teacher(s) in the classroom environment.

Please see also: chromoscope - see the universe in x-ray specs - http://www.chromoscope.net/


Pitch Perfect Physics


This is a lesson plan for a GCSE class to investigate the relationship between frequency and wavelength leading to the equation c = frequency x wavelength using fun demonstrations based on sound.
The lesson plan meets the needs of four GCSE exam board syllabi. A variety of learning and teaching styles are considered to make the lesson plan appealing, from a learning perspective, to as many students as possible. The learning outcome is to teach students the inverse relationship between frequency and wavelength through a series of mini experiments in the classroom.


Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) Loan Boxes


This A-level biology outreach activity provides state of the art equipment, set up guides and ready-made class worksheets that supports hands-on learning directly in the classroom. The loan boxes include a thermal cycler, Gilson pipettes and tips, gels and gel tanks, power supply, reagents as well as a PowerPoint presentations for teachers to use on a loan basis. This activity can usually be supported by a researcher and/or undergraduate students.


Universe in the Classroom

Foundation KS2

The Cardiff University School of Physics and Astronomy is reaching out to primary schools and communities across Wales, hoping to spark a curiosity about the Universe in young children. Universe in the Classroom is a new initiative funded by the Welsh Assembly National Science Academy that will provide improved teaching methods and innovative tools to modernise and enhance the way STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) are taught to young children. The programme will train over 100 Welsh primary school teachers to use the new resources which include a 0.4-m robotic telescope, Universe in a Box educational toolkits and dozens of enquiry-based learning activities.


Welsh Bacc Global Citizenship Challenge: Evaluating the Evidence


Learning Outcome 1 of the Global Citizenship Challenge of the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate requires you to "be able to apply critical thinking and problem solving". This includes:
1. Identifying and selecting information on global issues from appropriate secondary sources
2. Considering a range of alternative opinions, views and arguments on a global issue in order to develop your own views
3. Evaluating the credibility of information used in terms of currency, comprehensiveness, validity and reliability.

Cardiff University Library Service has developed the Evaluating the Evidence suite of tutorials to support learning and teaching on these assessment critera.


Welsh Baccalaureate- Top tips on searching Google


This video was developed to help students and teachers alike. It is a selection of simple tips and tricks to improve the accuracy and relevance of your results when searching via this popular search engine.


Welsh Baccalaureate: Being Digital


The Open University's award winning resource comprises activities and pathways to assist learners in finding, critically evaluating and communicating information in an online environment. For other useful resources for teaching the Welsh Bacc, please visit the University's Information Services website: http://sites.cardiff.ac.uk/ilrb/resourcehub-2/critical/

Welsh Baccalaureate: Evaluating Information flowchart


Developed by the University Library Service, this flowchart (presented as an image) offers a step by step guide through the process of evaluating information from websites.

Welsh Baccalaureate: Notemaking: Reading, lectures and revision


Presented by Cardiff University's Library Services, this presentation demonstrates good note taking practise. For other useful resources for teaching the Welsh Bacc, please visit the University's Library Resource Services website:


Welsh Baccalaureate: Why, When and How: Citing and referencing


It is a serious academic offence to use the words or ideas of others without acknowledging them as such, and to submit them for assessment as though they were your own work. Plagiarism is a commonly misunderstood problem and is often committed accidentally, but ignorance or confusion is not an adequate defence against an accusation of plagiarism. Cardiff University's Information Services have created a series of Plagiarism Learning Objects to help students understand what constitutes plagiarism and how to avoid committing plagiarism in their work. This tutorial aims to help you understand plagiarism and how to avoid committing it. It will take 15 minutes to complete.