“The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.”Albert Einstein

The aims of the Physics department are to encourage pupils to become confident, independent learners who embrace new physics challenges rather than shying away from it.

We aim to do this through encouragement and nurturing pupils’ emerging scientific skills and their natural curiosity about their world, as well as by equipping pupils with problem solving skills and researching skills they can utilise across all three of the science disciplines.

Years 7 -9

Physics is taught alongside Biology and Chemistry as separate sciences. The emphasis is to focus upon investigative and analytical skills as well as the more familiar areas of subject content. Many of the tasks in the curriculum involve problem solving activities to enhance and develop thinking skills.

GCSE

The department follows the Edexcel IGCSE course:

  • Forces and motion
  • Electricity
  • Waves
  • Energy resources and energy transfers
  • Solids, liquids and gases
  • Magnetism and electromagnetism
  • Radioactivity and particles
  • Astrophysics

All pupils are taught Physics as a single subject initially. However, there is the opportunity for a Science Double Award entry across all three sciences if relevant. There is no controlled assessment at IGCSE. Practical skills are taught within lessons and examined within the terminal written papers.

Co-Curricular

The department has a Science Club for Years 7 and 8.

Trips include:

  • Café Scientifique (for all Years)
  • GCSE Science Live (for Years 9/10)