Welcome to Physics

"All science is either Physics or stamp collecting." 

Ernest Rutherford

 

Physics is crucial to understanding the world around us, the world inside us, and the world beyond us. It is the most basic and fundamental science. Physics challenges our imaginations with concepts like relativity and string theory, and it leads to great discoveries like computers and lasers, that lead to technologies which change our lives - from healing joints, to curing cancer and developing sustainable energy solutions. Physics encompasses the study of the universe from the largest galaxies to the smallest subatomic particles. We learn about the wonders of the universe, from Black Holes to Quarks. Moreover, it is the basis of many other sciences, including chemistry, astronomy, seismology and meteorology (and can be applied to biology or medical science).

Subject Staff:

  • Mr A Hunt 
  • Mr C Drew 
  • Mr S Patrick 
  • Miss N Ellender 
  • Miss M Harrington

Key Stage 3:

At KS3 students have 6 hours of Science per fortnight. Throughout the year, this time is equally split between Biology, Chemistry and Physics units. From Year 8 students are set according to ability; we believe this enables classes to have the best conditions for effective learning and teaching and to provide achievement for all.

Key Stage 4:

At KS4 we offer different GCSE programmes, in order to complement the strengths of the learner. All the GCSE Science students follow the AQA specification and are taught 12 hours per fortnight.

GCSE Physics- students study a variety of units and complete a practical examination in controlled assessment conditions.

GCSE Science A - Year 10 students cover Biology, Chemistry and Physics units (B1/C1/P1), the results of which are combined to give one GCSE grade. They also complete a practical examination.

GCSE Additional Science - Year 11 students cover Biology, Chemistry and Physics units (B2/C2/P2), the results of which are combined to give one GCSE grade. They also complete a practical examination.

GCSE Further Additional Science - Year 11 students cover Biology, Chemistry and Physics units (B3/C3/P3) results of which  are combined to give one GCSE grade. They also complete a practical examination.

Key Stage 5:

'A' Level Physics students follow the AQA A Specification and have 10 hours a fortnight of taught lessons. At KS5 we build on what has been learnt previously in Physics and also cover some exciting new concepts.

Facilities:

The faculty has 10 well equipped and modern science labs with fitted data projectors and access to a research quality observatory. Four of the labs contain interactive whiteboards, while there is access to 120 laptops which run the latest Windows Operating System and Office Package. The department invests in ICT provision to support learning and teaching. Courses are supported by resources from the online Kerboodle platform, Sam Learning, Boardworks and Multimedia Science. To enhance practical work, the faculty has 30 state-of-the-art touch screen data loggers.

Enrichment:

Science offers many extra-curricular clubs and support sessions, including:

  • Eco Committee - environmental activities
  • Weekly KS3 Science Club
  • Weekly revision sessions for GCSE students
  • Weekly BTEC support sessions
  • Regular Astronomy Evenings
  • Lots of in-school and extra-curricular science activities during Science Week