- To create an interest in the subject through a stimulating, challenging and worthwhile experience in the classroom.
- To help provide students with a knowledge and understanding of physics.
- To promote their scientific literacy in an increasingly scientific world and to
- inform their judgement on scientific issues within society.
- To provide opportunities to guide the development of scientific, rational
- modes of thought.
- To challenge and stretch the intellectual ability of all.
- To equip students with sufficient knowledge and understanding of the subject
- to enable them to obtain high exam grades.
From Year 7 to Year 9 (Key Stage 3) and Year 10 to Year 11 (IGCSE) all students study Physics. During Key Stage 3 the emphasis is a holistic practical approach to the subject.
Year 10 and 11 IGCSE Physics
At IGCSE the Edexcel Physics course is followed as part of either dual or triple award, depending on the prior level of achievement of the students. The course continues to be practically based but becomes more academically demanding.
Physics seeks to understand and explain the universe in which we live. As this is an experimentally based science the students will regularly perform practical work. They will be required to sharpen analytical and problem solving skills. This will involve logical thought and careful structuring of ideas as well as a thorough understanding of basic definitions and equations.
The following topics are studied in order through Years 10 and 11;
Waves, Force and Motion, Energy, Electricity, Matter, Electromagnetism, Nuclear Physics.
There is no coursework requirement for this subject.
The text book used is Edexcel IGCSE Physics and the students are provided with this for the duration of the course and expected to return it.
Laptops are used in class as long as students show themselves capable of using them responsibly. E-learning is used to provide students access to homework, course notes, grades and feedback. Summative testing will occur at the end of every topic. This will be the major contributor to the students' achievement grade in their reports. Practical work is an intergral part of the course and occurs in the form of teacher demonstrations and whole class experiments.
During Years 12 and 13, Physics is offered at Higher or Standard level as part of the IB Diploma Programme. It is one of the Group 4 options. The Standard Level course makes similar demands to the Higher level course, but with slightly less content. Currently the standard students attend 4 lessons a week and the higher students, 6. Both courses are academically demanding and require excellent study habits from students considering them.
Many students find the course to be a large jump from IGCSE and it is not a wise choice for a student with a low IGCSE science grade. An IB Physics student would be unlikely to succeed with less than a BB grade at IGCSE Double Award Science. However the mathematical demands of the course are reasonable and are rarely a cause for concern: a good understanding of algebra, powers, and trigonometry should suffice. The course includes practical coursework worth 25% of the final grade. Many students study IB Physics owing to an interest in eventually following Architecture or one of the many facets of Engineering.
Physics is the most fundamental of the experimental sciences, as it seeks to explain the universe itself, from the very smallest particles - quarks, which may be truly fundamental - to the vast distances between galaxies.
The topics studied are Measurement, Mechanics, Thermal physics, Oscillations and Waves, Electric Circuits, Fields and Forces, Nuclear physics, Climate Change, Astrophysics and Relativity..