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Physics

Our Curriculum Aims:  

  • Satisfying a student’s scientific curiosity and developing it further.
  • Highlighting the importance of science and physics to society in the past, present and future.
  • Preparing students with a solid foundation for the knowledge and skills required to enter a wide range of technical and scientific professions such as engineering and medical professions.
  • Making students aware of the range of technical/ scientific professions available and what is needed to pursue those careers.
  • Ensuring a firm knowledge base for the transition to the next Key Stage.
  • Development of core scientific and analytical skills and scientific literacy that are essential for informed decision making regardless of career choice.
  • Develop an understanding of the big issues in science that affect everybody such as nuclear power / renewable energy and global warming.
  • Promoting equal opportunities.

Year 9

 

Name of topic

Key Content of the Topic

Assessment points

HT 1

Space physics (KS3)

Gravity, seasons, orbital motion, the solar system, phases of the moon.

End of topic test. Y 9 end of year exam April 25th

HT 2

Electricity (KS4)

Circuit theory, charge, current, voltage, power.

Sub-topic test.
 Y 9 end of year exam April 25th

HT 3

Electricity and Static Electricity (KS4)

Charge, static charge, electric fields,

Y 9 end of year exam April 25th

HT 5

Some parts of: Particle model of matter (KS4)

Density

Assessed in Y10 exam

HT 6

Heat transfer: Conduction, convection and radiation.

Assessed in Y10 exam

What can parents do to support their sons?
Parents can regularly check and monitor work set on ‘Satchel one’.  We have a list of resources that students and parents can use such as online Kerboodle and Seneca learning.  

GCSE Course Followed: Physics
Specification: AQA (
Syllabus code 8463)
Why Choose GCSE

GCSE physics has a broader range of topics than the alternative Dual award physics. This is an advantage for those who wish to have a wider range of ‘scientific literacy’ and knowledge. It is also beneficial for those who wish go on to study A-level physics. Having said that, the disadvantage of having studied physics in dual award should not be seen as a serious impediment to A-level physics studies.

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Physics GCSE ­ (AQA Exam board)
All GCSE Physics students will study
:

  • Forces
  • Energy
  • Waves (sound and light)
  • Electricity
  • Magnetism and electromagnetism
  • Particle model of matter
  • Atomic structure (nuclear physics)
  • Space physics

Dual award science (physics) students will study all of the above topics apart from Space physics.  However, most of the topics in dual award are explored in less depth but at the same level of demand and difficulty.
Key Stage Four Curriculum Overview

Year 9 & 10:       Electricity  KS4 – see information above

 

Name of topic

Key Content of the Topic

Assessment points

HT 1

Energy

Energy forms such as kinetic, gravitational potential energy, elastic potential energy. The concept of work done and energy transfers. The law of energy conservation. Power and efficiency.

End of topic tests. March 29th Year 10 exam

HT 2

Energy

Thermal energy (internal energy). Specific heat capacity, specific latent heat. Changes of state. Energy resources.

End of topic tests. March 29th Year 10 exam

HT 3

Forces

Gravity, resultant forces, motion: kinematics and motion graphs.

End of topic tests. March 29th Year 10 exam.

HT 4

Forces

Newton’s three laws of motion. Pressure in fluids. Application of forces to stopping distances.

End of topic tests. March 29th Year 10 exam.

HT 5

Forces
Waves

Momentum. Moments, levers and gears.
Sound waves in fluids and solids.

End of topic tests. March 29th Year 10 exam.

HT 6

Waves

 Electromagnetic waves. Black body radiation

End of topic tests. March 29th Year 10 exam.

Year 11:

 

Name of topic

Key Content of the Topic

Assessment points

HT 1

Electromagnetism

Magnets, magnetic fields.

End of topic test. Exam 8th Dec

HT 2

Electromagnetism

motors and generators.

End of topic test. Exam 8th Dec

HT 3

Atomic structure

The atom, Radioactivity

End of topic test. Exam 8th Dec

HT 4

Space physics

Red shift, Big bang, satellites, orbits, life cycle of stars.

End of topic test. Exam 8th Dec

HT 5

Revision

 

 

HT 6

NA

 

GCSE exams

Recommended Revision Guides for GCSE
Online textbook
(which includes revision material) available via 'Kerboodle' login. A range of Revision guides and workbooks are recommended to students and parents. E.g. Grade 8-9 booster book from cgp. Various past examination questions are to be found on the Office 365 group 'STU physics GCSE'. We also recommend the sample AQA exam paper packs from CGP, Collins and Letts.  The specification should be used as a comprehensive revision list: http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resources/physics/specifications/AQA-8463-SP-2016.PDF  

Support available for GCSE Students
 All pupils are invited to mentoring sessions; these are held by sixth form mentors on Tuesday and Thursday lunchtimes (12.20-13.00).  Pupils are encouraged to ask their teachers for additional assistance and can work in the department at any time.