Physics

Aims:

·         To develop an interest in, and enthusiasm for, physics

·         To develop a critical approach to scientific evidence and methods

·         To acquire and apply skills, knowledge and understanding of how science works and its essential role in society

·         Acquire scientific skills, knowledge and understanding necessary for progression to further learning

 

Staffing

Mr S Croft – Head of Physics, Assistant Director of Learning for Science

Mr S Wade – Director of Science

Miss K Bickley – Assistant Director of Science

Mrs Bray – Head of Biology

Miss F Parveen – Head of Chemistry

Mr N Collins – Teacher of Science/STEM co-ordinator

Mr S Saunders – Teacher of Science

Miss K Deane-Hall – Teacher of Science

Mr C Nelson – Teacher of Science

Miss D Georgiou – Teacher of Science

Mrs B Griffiths – Teacher of Science

Mr M Puttock – Teacher of Science

Mr P Diaz – Teacher of Science

Mr B Baines – Teacher of Science/Assistant Head/Teacher of PE

Mr D Ventor – Teacher of Science/World Studies/Psychology 

 

Overview of KS3 Physics

Physics modules make up part of the KS3 Science curriculum. We currently follow the Kerboodle scheme of work

Topics include forces, sound, light, space, electricity and magnetism, energy, motion and pressure.

Year 9 currently follow a transition scheme of work to help prepare them for their GCSE course

 

 

Overview of KS4 Biology

Exam Board: OCR A – 21st Century Science

There are 7 main elements of the GCSE Physics course:

P1 – The Earth in the Universe (The Solar System and the Universe, plate tectonics and earthquakes)

 

P2 – Radiation and life (electromagnetic radiation models, ionisation and its effects, global warming, communication, digital signals)

 

P3 – Sustainable Energy (Energy sources, electrical power and energy, buying electricity, efficiency, generating electricity, power stations and the National Grid)

 

1 Hour paper covering P1, P2 and P3 worth 25% of GCSE

 

P4 – Explaining Motion (Speed, acceleration, motion graphs, forces, friction, terminal velocity, momentum, kinetic and gravitational potential energy transfers)

 

P5- Electric Circuits (Static electricity, current, voltage, resistance, series and parallel circuits, useful components, motors and generators, transformers and the National Grid)

 

P6- Radioactive Materials (The nuclear atom, radioactivity and decay equations, half-life, uses and hazards of ionising radiation, nuclear fission and fusion, nuclear power stations)

 

1 Hour paper covering P4, P5 and P6 worth 25% of GCSE

 

P7- Further Physics

Naked Eye Astronomy (Observations of Moon, stars, planets, angular size and coordinates, twinkling stars/refraction)

Light, telescopes and images (image formation, lenses, diffraction, background noise, refracting and reflecting telescopes, image processing, light spectra)

Mapping the Universe (parallax, brightness, luminosity and distance, Cepheid variables, nebulae, recession of galaxies, Hubble constant)

The Sun, the stars and their surroundings (Thermal radiation and temperature, line spectra, nuclear fusion, types of stars, interstellar gas clouds, gas laws, kinetic theory, Kelvin temperature scale, star formation, main sequence stars, stellar evolution and the star cycle, exoplanets and SETI)

The astronomy community (Organisation of astronomy, observing sites)

 

1 hour paper worth (25%) of GCSE

Plus Coursework investigation also worth 25% of the GCSE

 

Overview of KS5 Physics

Exam Board: OCR A (Yr 13)

 

G481 - Mechanics (motion, forces in action, work and energy)

1 hour written examination AS 30%, A level 15%

G482 –Electrons, Waves and Photons (Electric current, resistance, DC circuits, waves, quantum physics)

1 hour and 45 minutes examination AS 50%, A level 25%

G483 – Practical Skills in Physics 1 (controlled assessment of practical skills (internally assessed))

AS 20%, A level 10%

G484 – The Newtonian World (Newton’s laws and momentum, circular motion and oscillations, thermal physics1 hour and 15 minutes 15% of A level

G485 – Fields, Particles and Frontiers of Physics (Electric and magnetic fields, capacitors and exponential decay, nuclear physics, medical imaging, modelling the Universe)

2 hour paper 25% of A level

G486 – Practical Skills in Physics 2 (controlled assessment of practical skills (internally assessed))

A level 10%

Exam Board: OCR A (Yr 12)

 A level

There are 6 units which contain between 2 and 5 topics

Unit 1 – Development of practical skills in physics (assessed in all 3 papers)

Unit 2 – Foundations of physics (assessed in all 3 papers)

Unit 3 – Forces and motion (assessed in papers 01 and 03)

Unit 4 – Electrons, waves and photons (assessed in 02 and 03)

Unit 5- Newtonian world and astrophysics (assessed in 01 and 03)

Unit 6- Particles and medical physics (assessed in 02 and 03)

Examinations

There are three examinations

Modelling physics (01) 2hrs 15 min 37%

Exploring physics (02) 2hr 15 mins 37%

Unified physics (03) 1hr 30 26%

Practical endorsement in physics (04) Non exam assessment component reported separately

 

 

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