Physics

Img 9130 copySUBJECT INTRODUCTION

‘Good teaching and learning’. That has been the Science Department’s focus in the last 8 years. We have achieved this – reflected in our continued success of the last 7 years. CORE Grades have averaged 80% A*-C (24% above the national average). Additional Science Grades have also remained high. We are continuing to attain our goal of ‘outstanding teaching and learning’.

  • We are the largest department in the School as Science is a CORE subject (with effectively 3 subjects combined – Biology, Chemistry and Physics). We have a Head of Department (KS4 Responsibility) and a Second in Department (KS3 Responsibility). We have heads of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. We have six experienced teachers (5 full time, 1 part time). We all have vast experience (and success) at delivering the GCSE Curriculum with three Biologists, two Chemists and one Physics specialist.
  • There are 4 large laboratories, which have Fume Cupboards and the standard equipment necessary for delivering Science to a GCSE Level, as a practical subject.
  • Our new 6th Form block has 3 laboratories, dedicated to AS/A2 Level teaching of Chemistry and Physics.

STAFFING AND FACILITIES

The department has eight teaching staff and three technicians.

  • Mr Khodabacksh – Head of Department/ KS4 Coordinator
  • Mrs Mbanefo – Deputy Head of Science/ KS3 Coordinator
  • Ms Bell – Head of Chemistry
  • Mrs Hichson-Kucickova - Biology Specialist
  • Ms Knowles - Chemistry Specialist
  • Ms Jin - Biology Specialist
  • Mrs McKean - Chemistry Specialist
  • Mr Hartnett - Physics Specialist
  • Mr Gasparro – Senior ScienceTechnician
  • Ms Puri Rubio – Science Technician
  • Ms Tara Martin - Science Technician

THE CURRICULUM

A LEVEL - KEY STAGE 5 / SIXTH FORM

Physics is about how things work, from the nano-scale to the cosmic - super massive black holes and galaxies within the universe. You will learn about forces in mechanics, waves, electrons and protons, gravitational, electrical and magnetic fields.  You will investigate nuclear energy and apply the fundamental principles you have learnt to solve real problems.  Practical investigations will be conducted in the Physics laboratory in addition to learning theoretical Physics.

Progress will be checked via homework and testing, each week.

You will be expected to bring together the principles and concepts from different areas of physics and apply them in a particular context which may be unfamiliar to you. High standards of work are essential and expressing your ideas clearly and logically using specialist vocabulary.

  • AS: two written examinations plus one practical examination.
  • A2: two written examinations plus practical based coursework

There are 9 lessons over the two week timetable taught by 2 Physics specialist teachers.

This course may provide opportunities for day trips and visit from external providers.

ENRICHMENT & EXTRA-CURRICULAR

Recently we allowed the BBC to trial their Christmas Science Lectures with our Gifted and Talented Year 10 and Year 12 students. We have run Trips to The Institute of Education in London, with lectures on specific topics that the pupils are studying.

Science permeates through ALL aspects of our society, from the recycling bins that our Department funded to the understanding of ‘reproduction’ – with social, moral and ethical Issues. It would be impossible to list specific relevance as it is an ‘over-reaching’ subject.

LIFE AFTER CHRIST'S

Physics is essential for any engineering course or degree and is highly sought after for other scientific or technical careers. Physics is an advantageous subject for courses ranging from medicine to careers involving business and finance.

LINKS & RESOURCES

BBC Bitesize is a good source of information, however ‘the World’ is Science – you cannot miss it!

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