Physics

GCSE Physics/ GCSE Combined Science (Physics) - Year 9


Units Taught
Unit 1 – Energy
Unit 2 – Electricity
Unit 3 – Particle model of matter
Unit 4 – Atomic Structure


Main Skills developed
• Physics provides the foundations for understanding the material world
• The use of models, as in the particle model of matter or the wave models of light and of sound
• The concept of cause and effect in explaining such links as those between force and acceleration, or between changes in atomic nuclei and radioactive emissions
• The phenomena of ‘action at a distance’ and the related concept of the field as the key to analysing electrical, magnetic and gravitational effects
• That differences, for example between pressures or temperatures or electrical potentials, are the drivers of change
• That proportionality, for example between weight and mass of an object or between force and extension in a spring, is an important aspect of many models in science
• That physical laws and models are expressed in mathematical form


How can parents help to support learning
• Ensure students complete all homework e.g. Seneca learning and Educake
• Create a quiet space at home for students to revise
• Quiz students following homework and prior to class assessments
• Encourage students to use their revision guides and exam practice workbooks


Useful websites
BBC Bitesize: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/z9ddmp3

Seneca Learning: https://senecalearning.com/en-GB/

Educake: https://www.educake.co.uk

Oak Academy: https://classroom.thenational.academy/subjects-by-year/year-11/subjects/physics

AQA Spec – Combined Science: https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/combined-science-trilogy-8464

AQA Spec – Physics (Separate Science): https://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resources/physics/specifications/AQA-8463-SP-2016.PDF


SMSC and British Values
• Experiencing awe and wonder such as the big bang theory
• Investigating moral values and ethical issues such as the debate on the use of alternative energy forms and the safety of nuclear fuels and reactors, the use of fossil fuels
• Responding to and understanding cultural events such as celebrating space, star formation, big bang theory and changing ideas about the universe
• Understanding personal influences on society such as the work of famous physicists e.g. Isaac Newton, Galileo, Ptolemy, Copernicus, Marie Curie, Kepler, Boyle and Herschel

 


GCSE Physics/ GCSE Combined Science (Physics) – Year 10


Units Taught
Unit 5 – Forces
Unit 6 – Waves

Main Skills developed
• Physics provides the foundations for understanding the material world
• The use of models, as in the particle model of matter or the wave models of light and of sound
• The concept of cause and effect in explaining such links as those between force and acceleration, or between changes in atomic nuclei and radioactive emissions
• The phenomena of ‘action at a distance’ and the related concept of the field as the key to analysing electrical, magnetic and gravitational effects
• That differences, for example between pressures or temperatures or electrical potentials, are the drivers of change
• That proportionality, for example between weight and mass of an object or between force and extension in a spring, is an important aspect of many models in science
• That physical laws and models are expressed in mathematical form


How can parents help to support learning
• Ensure students complete all homework e.g. Seneca learning and Educake
• Create a quiet space at home for students to revise
• Quiz students following homework and prior to class assessments
• Encourage students to use their revision guides and exam practice workbooks


Useful websites
BBC Bitesize: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/z9ddmp3

Seneca Learning: https://senecalearning.com/en-GB/

Educake: https://www.educake.co.uk

Oak Academy: https://classroom.thenational.academy/subjects-by-year/year-11/subjects/physics

AQA Spec – Combined Science: https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/combined-science-trilogy-8464
AQA Spec – Physics (Separate Science): https://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resources/physics/specifications/AQA-8463-SP-2016.PDF


SMSC and British Values
• Experiencing awe and wonder such as the big bang theory
• Investigating moral values and ethical issues such as the debate on the use of alternative energy forms and the safety of nuclear fuels and reactors, the use of fossil fuels
• Responding to and understanding cultural events such as celebrating space, star formation, big bang theory and changing ideas about the universe
• Understanding personal influences on society such as the work of famous physicists e.g. Isaac Newton, Galileo, Ptolemy, Copernicus, Marie Curie, Kepler, Boyle and Herschel

 

GCSE Physics/ GCSE Combined Science (Physics) – Year 11

Units Taught
Unit 7 – Magnetism & Electromagnetism
Unit 8 – Space physics (Physics GCSE Only)


Main Skills developed
• Physics provides the foundations for understanding the material world
• The use of models, as in the particle model of matter or the wave models of light and of sound
• The concept of cause and effect in explaining such links as those between force and acceleration, or between changes in atomic nuclei and radioactive emissions
• The phenomena of ‘action at a distance’ and the related concept of the field as the key to analysing electrical, magnetic and gravitational effects
• That differences, for example between pressures or temperatures or electrical potentials, are the drivers of change
• That proportionality, for example between weight and mass of an object or between force and extension in a spring, is an important aspect of many models in science
• That physical laws and models are expressed in mathematical form


How can parents help to support learning
• Ensure students complete all homework e.g. Seneca learning and Educake
• Create a quiet space at home for students to revise
• Quiz students following homework and prior to class assessments
• Encourage students to use their revision guides and exam practice workbooks


Useful websites
BBC Bitesize: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/z9ddmp3

Seneca Learning: https://senecalearning.com/en-GB/

Educake: https://www.educake.co.uk

Oak Academy: https://classroom.thenational.academy/subjects-by-year/year-11/subjects/physics

AQA Spec – Combined Science: https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/combined-science-trilogy-8464
AQA Spec – Physics (Separate Science): https://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resources/physics/specifications/AQA-8463-SP-2016.PDF


SMSC and British Values
• Experiencing awe and wonder such as the big bang theory
• Investigating moral values and ethical issues such as the debate on the use of alternative energy forms and the safety of nuclear fuels and reactors, the use of fossil fuels
• Responding to and understanding cultural events such as celebrating space, star formation, big bang theory and changing ideas about the universe
• Understanding personal influences on society such as the work of famous physicists e.g. Isaac Newton, Galileo, Ptolemy, Copernicus, Marie Curie, Kepler, Boyle and Herschel

 

A Level Physics – Year 12


Units Taught
Unit 1 Measurements and their errors
Unit 2 Particles and radiation
Unit 3 Waves
Unit 4 Mechanic and materials
Unit 5 Electricity
Optional Units – Students are taught one of the following:
Astrophysics
Medical Physics
Engineering Physics
Turning Points in Physics
Electronics


Main Skills developed
• develop essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of the subject and how they relate to each other
• develop and demonstrate a deep appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding of scientific methods
• develop competence and confidence in a variety of practical, mathematical and problem solving skills
• develop their interest in and enthusiasm for the subject, including developing an interest in further study and careers associated with the subject
• understand how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how the sciences contribute to the success of the economy and society.
How can parents help to support learning
• Ensure students complete all homework
• Create a quiet space at home for students to revise
• Quiz students following homework and prior to class assessments


Useful websites
Seneca Learning: https://senecalearning.com/en-GB/
AQA Spec : https://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resources/physics/specifications/AQA-7407-7408-SP-2015.PDF
Khan Academy: https://www.khanacademy.org/science/ap-physics-1
Physics and Maths Tutor: https://www.physicsandmathstutor.com/physics-revision/a-level-aqa/
Studywise: https://studywise.co.uk/a-level-revision/physics/


SMSC and British Values
• Experiencing awe and wonder such as the big bang theory
• Investigating moral values and ethical issues such as the debate on the use of alternative energy forms and the safety of nuclear fuels and reactors, the use of fossil fuels
• Responding to and understanding cultural events such as celebrating space, star formation, big bang theory and changing ideas about the universe
• Understanding personal influences on society such as the work of famous physicists e.g. Isaac Newton, Galileo, Ptolemy, Copernicus, Marie Curie, Kepler, Boyle and Herschel

 

A Level Physics – Year 13


Units Taught
Unit 6 Further mechanics and thermal physics (A-level only)
Unit 7 Fields & their consequences (A-level only)
Unit 8 Nuclear physics (A-level only)
Optional Units – Students are taught one of the following:
Astrophysics
Medical Physics
Engineering Physics
Turning Points in Physics
Electronics


Main Skills developed
• develop essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of the subject and how they relate to each other
• develop and demonstrate a deep appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding of scientific methods
• develop competence and confidence in a variety of practical, mathematical and problem solving skills
• develop their interest in and enthusiasm for the subject, including developing an interest in further study and careers associated with the subject
• understand how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how the sciences contribute to the success of the economy and society.


How can parents help to support learning
• Ensure students complete all homework
• Create a quiet space at home for students to revise
• Quiz students following homework and prior to class assessments


Useful websites
Seneca Learning: https://senecalearning.com/en-GB/
AQA Spec : https://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resources/physics/specifications/AQA-7407-7408-SP-2015.PDF
Khan Academy: https://www.khanacademy.org/science/ap-physics-1
Physics and Maths Tutor: https://www.physicsandmathstutor.com/physics-revision/a-level-aqa/
Studywise: https://studywise.co.uk/a-level-revision/physics/


SMSC and British Values
• Experiencing awe and wonder such as the big bang theory
• Investigating moral values and ethical issues such as the debate on the use of alternative energy forms and the safety of nuclear fuels and reactors, the use of fossil fuels
• Responding to and understanding cultural events such as celebrating space, star formation, big bang theory and changing ideas about the universe
• Understanding personal influences on society such as the work of famous physicists e.g. Isaac Newton, Galileo, Ptolemy, Copernicus, Marie Curie, Kepler, Boyle and Herschel