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KS3

Each year at KS3, a term is devoted to studying physics, expanding notions of science learnt at KS2 as well as introducing new knowledge. In year 7, students learn about electrical circuits, forces and their effects, observing the sky and sound and hearing. In year 8, students discover various sources of energy, calculate the cost of using energy. They also look at heat transfers and at the uses of forces associated with transport. The aim is also for students to acquire key practical skills and terminology that is then developed further at KS4.

Year 7 and year 8 students are welcome to the Science Technology Engineering and Math club every Tuesday after school from 15:35 to 16:30.

KS4

Examination Board: AQA

In year 9, every pupil studies physics in preparation for his or her GCSEs. In years 10 and 11, students are placed in two sets. One group will prepare for the physics GCSE whist the second group will work towards the combined science double GCSE.

The range of topics is varied, increasing knowledge and passion for physics. It includes Energy transformations, Electromagnetic waves, the Universe and the formation of elements, Forces and Mechanics, Electricity, the Nuclear atom, Physics and Medicine, Optics and Magnetism. During the course of KS4, students develop further their investigative and analytical skills, trying to expand models explaining processes around us.

Year 9 students visit the Science Museum in South Kensington to relate their learning to modern discoveries and recent applications of physics. In year 10, the gifted students in physics attend a one day series of scientific lectures in London to further light up their interest towards physics and introduce them to what lies beyond GCSE and A-level studies.

Year 9 and year 10 students are also welcome to attend the STEM Club every Tuesday afternoon.