Physics is ever more exciting! Many challenges are yet to be explained. Our younger generations will be the ones to address them. At Bishop Challoner School, we aim to inspire our future physicists and show students the breadth of interesting and modern roles that learning physics could lead to. Physics will equip them with amazing problem solving skills. Physics is all around us in our daily lives. It is found in tactile screen, mobile phones, medical imaging, nanotechnologies, enhanced reality...

Key Stage 3 (Years 7 & 8)

At KS3, students follow the Activate scheme of work. Each year, 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 forces, sound, light and space. In year 8, students rediscover electricity and magnetism, energy, motion and pressure. The aim is also for students to acquire key practical skills and terminology that is then developed further at KS4. This scheme of work is rigorous and prepares students well for their GCSEs in year 9.

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GCSE (Years 9, 10 & 11)

Programme of study - Year 9

Programme of study - Year 10

Programme of study - Year 11

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 whilst 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 the processes around us.

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"The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existence. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery each day." Albert Einstein

Extra Curriculum

Science ClubMonday3.35 - 4.30pm
STEM ClubTuesday3.35 - 4.30pm
Tutor availableWednesday1.10 - 1.30pm
Tutor availableFriday3.35 - 5.00pm


Year groupMonthLocation
7JuneDrusillas Park, East Sussex
8OctoberNatural History Museum, London
9FebruaryScience Museum, London
10FebruaryGCSE Science Live, London