Physics Curriculum

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Year 9 (KS3 and AQA GCSE)

Autumn Term
Students will study the remaining key stage 3 topics of speed, pressure, density and friction. They will also develop their investigative and practical skills through a series of experimental tasks.

End of topic assessment w/c 7 November, practical assessment w/c 5 December.

Spring Term
Students will begin their study of the GCSE physics course. This begins with the topic of waves, including transverse and longitudinal waves, the wave equation, and electromagnetic waves.

Summer Term
Students will continue their study of the topic of waves. 

End of Year 9 science assessments w/c 1 May.

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Year 10 (exam board: AQA - reformed)

Autumn Term
Students will learn about the particle model of solids, liquids and gases. They will then move on to the topic of electricity.

End of topic assessment on the particle model of solids, liquids and gases w/c 7 November.

Spring Term
Students will continue their study of electricity, including electric circuits and mains electricity. They will then move on to the topic of forces.

End of topic assessment on electricity w/c 13 March.

Summer Term
Students will continue their study of forces until the end of term. This topic includes vectors, Newton's Laws of Motion, speed, velocity and acceleration.

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Year 11 (exam board: AQA - unreformed)

Autumn Term
Students will study forces and energy; they will learn to calculate kinetic and gravitational potential energy and solve problems involving momentum. They will then move on to the study of nuclear physics, including radiation and its uses and nuclear power. 

End of topic assessment on forces and energy w/c 10 October, end of topic assessment on nuclear physics w/c 12 December.

Spring Term
Students will continue their study of medical physics, including X-rays, ultrasound, lenses and the eye. They will then move on to learn about moments, stability and circular motion. Their final GCSE topic is electromagnetism.

End of topic assessment on medical physics w/c 9 January, end of topic assessment on moments and circular motion w/c 6 February. Mock exams in w/c 27 February and 6 March.

Summer Term
Finally, students will complete their study of electromagnetism, including motors, generators and transformers, before revising and completing past papers in preparation for their final exams.

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Year 12 (exam board: AQA)

Autumn Term
With one of their teachers, students will learn about particles and radiation, including the standard model of particle physics and the photon model of radiation. With their other teacher they will learn about electricity and electric circuits.

Required practical 5 “determination of resistivity” w/c 3 October, required practical 6 “EMF and internal resistance” w/c 21 November. End of topic assessment on particles and radiation w/c 28 November, end of topic assessment on electricity w/c 5 December.

Spring Term
With one of their teachers, students will move on to study waves, including progressive waves, stationary waves and interference effects. With their other teacher they will move on to study mechanics, including scalars and vectors and Newton’s Laws of Motion.

Required practical 1 “stationary waves” w/c 9 January, required practical 2 “Young’s slits and diffraction gratings” w/c 30 January, required practical 3 “determination of g” w/c 30 January. Mock exams w/c 27 February, end of topic assessment on waves w/c 27 March.

Summer Term
With one of their teachers, students will move on to study materials. With their other teacher they will finish the topic of mechanics. Before the summer holidays they will begin the Year 13 course with introductions to circular motion and thermal physics.

Required practical 4 “determination of Young modulus” w/c 1 May, required practical 8 "Boyle's Law" w/c 26 June. End of topic assessment on mechanics w/c 1 May, end of topic assessment on materials w/c 8 May.

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Year 13 (exam board: AQA)

Autumn Term
With one of their teachers, students will complete their study of further mechanics, including circular and simple harmonic motion. They will then move on to the topic of nuclear physics. With their other teacher, students will complete their study of thermal physics, including ideal gases and specific heat capacity. They will then move on to the topic of fields, including gravitational, electric and magnetic fields.

Required practical 7 "investigating SHM" w/c 26 September, required practical 12 "inverse square law for gamma rays" w/c 31 October, required practical 9 "charge and discharge of capacitors" w/c 28 November. End of topic assessment on thermal physics w/c 26 September, end of topic assessment on further mechanics w/c 3 October and end of topic assessment on nuclear physics w/c 12 December. 

Spring Term
Students will finish their study of fields and move on to the optional unit called "Turning Points in Physics", this includes the discovery of the electron, wave-particle duality and special relativity.

Mock exams w/c 16 January. End of topic assessment on fields w/c 6 February, end of topic assessment on turning points in physics w/c 3 April. Required practical 10 "force on a wire in a magnetic field" w/c 23 January, required practical 11 "effect of varying angle of a search coil in a magnetic field" w/c 30 January.

Summer Term
Students will complete revision and past paper practise in preparation for their exams.

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