Physics

In year 7

Learners are introduced to basic terminology to enable them communicate and fire them up in taking part into the science inquiry. Students at this stage are encouraged to use the general principles of the creative thinking skills.

They learn to consider ideas and evidence. The key topics are energy and energy transformations, putting things into groups, the earth and beyond were they explore the different planetary systems. At the end of the course they can discuss the importance of empirical questions which can be investigated, collecting evidence and appreciate the work of other scientists.

In year 8

Students are introduced to planning and are taught to select ideas and turn them into a format that can be tested in a planned investigations, they learn to identify variables, choose which ones to change and control. At the end of the course they are able measure and make predictions using the scientific knowledge of understanding. The topics covered here are speed, sound, light and Magnetism.

 

In year 9 

Students continue to develop the science inquiry by taking appropriate measurements using arrange of equipment correctly. They discuss and control risks to themselves and others. They learn to present results appropriate in tables and graphs. The key focus is to see that they realize how scientists interpret their results in terms of theories of their times, how previous work of scientists can be used to support new ideas and that chance plays a part in scientific discovery. Topics covered are density and pressure, electrostatics and moving electricity, world energy needs.

 

In KS4

Students are taught IGCSE physics were they learn to make simple calculations, identify correlations in results, compare results with predictions, identify anomalous results, suggest for improvements to investigations and interpret data from secondary sources. At the end of the two year course learners can discuss and explain scientific facts clearly to others in appropriate ways. The topics covered are general physics, thermal energy, waves, electricity and atomic physics. During the course they undertake introduction to experimentation with emphasis on building of heath and safe practice, they review hazards and risk symbols.

 

In years 12 and 13

Students do AS/A- level physics are taught to look critically at sources of data, they can draw conclusions more precisely, evaluate methods used for further investigations, they can compare results and methods used by others in different ways and communicate findings clearly to others. This is a two years course, part of which is examined at AS level after the first year of study.