Physics is the science that asks fundamental questions and tries to answer them through observing and experimenting. It is the study of forces, energy and of matter, its motion and behaviour through space and time. Students develop their knowledge and understanding of the key aspects of physics through performing experiments, carrying out research and doing calculations, all of which are supported by high quality teaching which enables students to become confident, independent learners. The solid foundation of knowledge developed in Key Stage 3 provides a strong base for the skills and understanding of physics required at GCSE level. The study of physics is essential for supporting students’ understanding of the physical laws that govern the universe and provides many exciting future opportunities in the world of science and engineering.
Students have 6 lessons of science per fortnight. In Years 7 and 8, we follow a bespoke curriculum that covers the whole Key Stage 3 requirement whilst building essential knowledge, vocabulary, skills and understanding for the GCSE courses ahead. Our course prepares students for the rigours of GCSE study by introducing more complex scientific ideas at a much earlier stage than before. Separate units of biology, chemistry and physics are covered over the course of each academic year. Regular assessment throughout the course followed by a detailed review of answers allows students to reflect on their learning and improve their examination answers and technique. The Year 9 curriculum builds upon the knowledge and skills developed in Years 7 and 8 as students begin building the foundation knowledge for their Science GCSEs.
The units are taught on a rota examples of which are shown below.
|Autumn 1||Autumn 2||Spring 1||Spring 2||Summer 1||Summer 2|
|Year 7||Cellular biology||Forces||Chemical reactions|
|Chemistry fundamentals||Genetics and Evolution||Space and Waves|
|Year 8||Chemical changes||Earth and resources||Ecosystems|
|Energy||Human organisation||Electricity and magnetism|
|Year 9||Cell biology||Organisation||Infection and response|
|Atomic structure||The periodic table||Structures and bonding|
|Energy||Electricity||Particle Model of Matter|
|Bitesize KS3 Science||Seneca KS3 Science||KS3 Science Education Quizzes|
KS4 (GCSE) Physics
The information below is for the GCSE in Physics. For information on GCSE Biology and Chemistry visit their subject pages. For the Combined Science Pathway, please visit the Combined Science page.
Students studying for a separate Biology, Chemistry and Physics GCSE cover more course content than those taking the Combined Science GCSEs. The pathway each student follows is carefully selected to suit the academic interests of the individual to give them the best chance of fulfilling their potential in the GCSE examinations. The separate sciences are an excellent preparation for studying one or more A Level science course in the Sixth Form.
|Exam Specification||Past Papers||Knowledge Organisers|
|Lesson Resources||Extra Curricular Clubs||Contact HoD|
|Seneca GCSE Chemistry||Bitesize GCSE Physics||Physics Revision|
|GCSE Chemistry Revision Videos||Khan Academy Physics|
|100% Exam||0% Coursework|
Exam 1: Units 1 – 4 – 50%
Exam 2: Units 5 – 8 – 50%
SoW and Sequence
Further Education/Job Destinations:
The list of science related careers is endless but includes possible careers in;
Job prospects include, but are not limited to:
Homework is set regularly via Class Charts. Each science teacher will set 30 – 60 minutes of homework per fortnight in order to reinforce and extend learning and prepare students for their GCSE examinations.
The Science department recommends the purchase of the following revision resources and textbooks to help support learning at home. These are not compulsory, but highly recommended