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Physics is a fun and fascinating subject. Its scope ranges from the smallest particles found within nuclei to the size of the cosmos - from matters of every day importance such as the braking distances of cars and other philosophical questions surrounding the Big Bang. The department is very friendly and approachable with an emphasis on hands-on practical work.
At KS3 chemistry, biology and physics are taught as part of a combined course. Topics studied include cells, chemical reactions, magnetism, metal compounds, electrical circuits, forces, nutrition, atoms and elements, light and ecology. There are opportunities for practical fieldwork studying local ecology and an annual Science Fair. A variety of interactive materials are also provided throughout the year directly on pupil laptops.
At GCSE pupils have a choice to specialise in physics or to continue with a combined approach with the other two sciences. In both cases the subject is taught by subject-specialist teachers in dedicated physics lessons. We follow the Eduqas specification and all assessments are carried out at the end of the course via external examination. Pupils learn about a wide range of topics including: energy, forces, waves, electromagnetism, electricity and atomic structure.
A Level physics is popular and boasts excellent student numbers. We follow the Eduqas specification and external assessment takes place at the end of the course. Students must also demonstrate competency with practical laboratory techniques and this is assessed internally over the duration of the course. The physics A Level course gives the students an experience of a wide range of varied, interesting and thought provoking topics such as: mechanics, circular motion, thermal physics, radiation in stars, orbits, quantum physics, particle physics and medical physics.
The department believes that taking physics outside of the classroom is very important and recently we have taken students to Geneva to CERN to discover more about the Large Hadron Collider and to the coast at Bournemouth to learn about the physics of surfing. Both of these very different experiences bring relevance to the concepts taught in class. We also run an astronomy club in the winter months to develop pupils' understanding of the universe.
Along with the chemistry and biology departments, Year 9 produce an annual Science Fair and there is a weekly science club to practise hands-on experiments.