Physics

Aims

To give our pupils a thirst for knowledge in the subjects that are responsible not only for so many aspects of their everyday lives, but also for their very being. Thus our Schemes of Work should give our students the opportunity to:

  • Acquire a systematic body of scientific knowledge and develop an understanding of science including both its power and limitations.
  • Develop an understanding of the nature of scientific ideas and activity.
  • Develop an understanding of the role of science in the environment and its economic, ethical and social implications.

Objectives

To achieve the above aims by presenting our pupils with enjoyable, interesting and stimulating Programmes of Study that will generate a quality of learning that will equip them for their futures in a world of ever increasing scientific and technological advancement. Thus our students should be able to:

  • Carry out experimental and investigative work in a logical, safe and systematic way making measurements and observations and being able to analyse and evaluate evidence linking it to scientific understanding.
  • Recall, understand, use and apply scientific knowledge.
  • Communicate ideas using technical vocabulary and be able to process data mathematically when applicable.
  • Use ICT in order to help them achieve the above objectives where appropriate means to do so are available.
  • Learn from the educational trips that are organised for the various year groups.

Lower School

Year 7

Physics is part of the core curriculum throughout the lower school, with all students covering topics in Year 7 via lessons in Science.

Year 8

At Year 8, the individual scientific disciplines are introduced with all pupils studying Physics for two lessons per week. Topics include density, temperature, evaporation, energy transfer, moments, pressure and waves in the Year 8 scheme of work.

Year 9

There are two lessons per week in Year 9.  Topics have been chosen to prepare for the challenge of GCSE Physics. Subjects include electricity, optics, light, materials and cosmology.

GCSE

Currently our GCSE students follow the Edexcel IGCSE (9-1) specification. Topics are covered in great detail and there is more opportunity for challenging our Gifted and Talented pupils. The two year course culminates in two written papers; one 2 hour paper and one 1 hour 15 minute paper with weightings of 61.1% and 38.9% respectively, both taken in Year 11.

Year 10

Forces and motion, Magnetism and electromagnetism and Energy resources and transfer and Astrophysics (Year 10 in 2017-2018 only).

Year 11

Radioactivity and particles, Electricity, Waves and Solids, liquids and gases.

The level of mathematical ability is not extreme despite the stigma concerning IGCSE Physics. Working at the equivalent of a grade B in IGCSE Mathematics throughout the course would ensure that the pupil is adequately prepared. 

A level

The OCR Physics A (H556) specification is followed in the Sixth Form at LGS. The content is split into six teaching modules. Modules 1 to 6, combined with the Practical Endorsement (ongoing throughout both years of the course), constitute the full A Level. The modules can be summarised as:

  • Module 1: Development of practical skills
  • Module 2: Foundations of physics
  • Module 3: Forces and motion
  • Module 4: Electrons, waves, and photons
  • Module 5: Newtonian world and astrophysics
  • Module 6: Particles and medical physics

At A Level:

  • Paper 1 (Modelling physics - 135 mins, 37% of final mark) assesses content from Modules 1, 2, 3 and 5
  • Paper 2 (Exploring physics - 135 mins, 37% of final mark) assesses content from Modules 1, 2, 4 and 6
  • Paper 3 (Unified physics - 90 mins, 26% of final mark) assesses content from Modules 1 to 6

All examinations are taken at the end of the U6th year.

For further information please see click here to visit the OCR website

Extra-curricular

Various opportunities are available for students to take their interest further throughout their various Physics programmes of study. A sample of these include the British Physics Olympiad in the UVI form, the Engineering Education Scheme in the LVI form and the Physics Challenge in Year 11. A Physics clinic is run one lunchtime every week with staff and VI form students helping IGCSE pupils with homework issues and their general understanding of the subject.

Trips

In Year 10 students are given the opportunity to attend the residential Extreme Physics trip held at Rugby School and run by the Institute of Physics. VI form students have also attended revision courses on relevant modules at appropriate times of year.