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KS3 Physics

Physics has been developed to help students develop the key skills and content required for their GCSE.

In Year 7 students will study units on thermal energy, space, electricity and magnetism and then forces and motion. In Year 8 students will move on and study energy and generating electricity, sound, light and waves and, finally, pressure and moments.

Each unit includes investigative techniques, which are the stepping stones for GCSE when students are required to plan, record, analyse and evaluate. Each unit is assessed with students being given targets on how to improve. At the end of Year 7 students are assessed on the content for the year, and at the end of Year 8 are assessed over the two years of work.

KS4 Physics (GCSE)

We follow OCR Gateway Physics A (9-1) J249 specification. The course aims to introduce students to the key concepts of Physics, integrating theory with practical skills. It helps students develop their knowledge of scientific methodology and their conceptual understanding of Physics and how this can be applied to the world around them.

The course is split into nine units taught over three years, with two final exam papers sat in Year 11. To help students prepare for these exams the department has end of unit mocks, with each mock building up until the mocks are the style and length of their final GCSE exams. The practical content is now incorporated into the exams, so students are given opportunities to plan, record, analyse and evaluate these required practicals.