Physics

Overview

Physics is the most fundamental of the experimental sciences, as it seeks to explain the universe itself, from the very smallest particles, quarks, to the vast distances between galaxies.

Physics is the natural science that involves the study of matter and its motion through space and time, along with related concepts such as energy and force. Many students who take Physics at A-Level go on to study Engineering, Architecture, Astronomy and Physics related courses at university.

Teaching and Learning

The Physics department is committed to providing a supportive and purposeful environment in which students are well supported and encouraged to peruse opportunities to beyond the taught syllabus. All lessons are taught by subject specialists and in dedicated teaching laboratories. Lessons and topics have been developed with an emphasis on a student centred approach to learning, with lessons usually built around investigative practical work.

The Physics department is also committed to developing our practice as educators and are a member of the Institute of Physics.

Curriculum

Year 7 and 8

In Year 7 and 8, students have one double lesson per week and one piece of homework. The course has been designed to enable students to develop an understanding of underlying concepts as well as cultivate practical skills.
The topics which students will study are:

Year 7 Year 8 
Energy transfers and resources Motion
Forces Electricity
Light Sound
Pressure Magnertism and Electromagnetism
Space Moments

GCSE

At GCSE, Physics is a core subject in the curriculum and is taught by subject specialists in our fully equipped laboratories. Students begin the Edexcel IGCSE course in Year 9 and the majority of students will continue to follow this course in Year 10 and 11. During the course, students learn about mechanics, thermal physics, waves, nuclear physics, space and electricity. The IGCSE is a challenging but interesting course and an ideal foundation for A Level.

In Year 10, a few students will be given the opportunity to follow the AQA GCSE Science course which allows additional support to be given.

Trips, activities and clubs

Students in the Physics Department are able to participate in a variety of enrichment activities; these include:

  • Trip to Thorpe Park (Year 7)
  • Faraday Day Challenge (Year 8)
  • Lego Robotics League (Year 7 and 8)
  • GCSE Physics Challenge (Year 11)
  • GCSE Science Live (Year 11)

Staff

  • Mr A Hindocha BSc (Head of Physics)
  • Mr A Chan MEng PGCE
  • Dr M Cianciaruso PHD
  • Mr J Crowley BEng
  • Mr S Whittaker MSc (Head of Science)
  • Mr E Wright MA (Director of Studies)
  • Mr G Ward (Physics Technician)