Physics

Key Stage 3

YEAR 7 Description: http://www.sunburymanor.surrey.sch.uk/sysimages/spacer.gif

In Year 7 students get the opportunity to study forces, sound, light and Space Physics. Students get to complete investigation based tasks in order to help develop and secure their understanding of many of the concepts studied in this year.

Practical and group based tasks have been implemented into lessons to further help students prepare for work at secondary school. Throughout all lessons there is a major emphasis on literacy and numeracy.

YEAR 8 Description: http://www.sunburymanor.surrey.sch.uk/sysimages/spacer.gif

The Year 8 Physics curriculum covers the topics of electricity and magnetism, energy, motion and pressure. Lessons are aimed at identifying the main factors associated with speed as well as explaining how electrical energy works while analysing the different methods for generating electricity and how it is used.

Practical work is included in a significant amount of lessons and is designed to enhance students learning of concepts and practice the skills required to collect valid data. Again, this year, students are encouraged to use and develop their literacy and numeracy skills.

YEAR 9 Description: http://www.sunburymanor.surrey.sch.uk/sysimages/spacer.gif

The concepts and investigations in year 9 are aimed at supporting the transition from Key Stage 3 Physics into GCSE Physics. The theoretical and practical work included helps to enable students to develop skills they will need in their GCSE exams. The concepts year 9 students study help them to develop a more complexed way of thinking that bridges the gap between Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 Physics. The topics include pressure and density, electrical circuits and energy as well as the essential literacy and numeracy skills.

Key Stage 4

GCSE Physics 2016-18 (YEAR 10)

Course Title

Physics B (9-1)

Examination Board

OCR 21st Century

Qualification

GCSE

Specification

J259

QN Code

 

Link to specification

http://www.ocr.org.uk/Images/234601-specification-accredited-gcse-twenty-first-century-science-suite-physics-b-j259.pdf

Summary of course content

P1 – Radiation and waves

P2 – Sustainable energy

P3 – Electric circuits

P4 – Explaining motion

P5 – Radioactive materials

P6 – Matter – Models and explanations

P7 – Ideas about Science

P8 – Practical skills, a set of 10 practical investigations that feature scientific concepts from units studied.

How will I be assessed?

Learners are entered in for either Foundation or Higher Tier exam papers.

Breadth paper (50%): this paper can assess content from across the whole specification. The paper will include short answer response questions. These will include structured questions, calculations and questions based on practical skills.

Depth paper (50%): this paper can assess content from across the whole specification. The focus of the Depth paper is to allow learners to demonstrate their depth of understanding of specific aspects of the content. This will be achieved by the inclusion of some short answer response questions. These will include structured questions, calculations and questions based on practical skills. The paper will have at least two extended response questions, marked using Level of Response mark schemes, each with a total of 6 marks.

What type of activities take place in lessons?

Lessons are designed to include demonstrations, practical investigations, scientific theory as well as independent, paired and group work.

What type of homework tasks will be set?

Students are set a variety of different homework tasks which help to develop knowledge from lessons or build upon skills required to answer exam questions. This includes the essential numeracy and literacy skills.

Useful links

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zpm6fg8

How will this help students in the future?

Studying this course will allow students to continue to further build upon their learning by studying Physics at A Level. There is also a strong link between Physics, Maths and engineering.

How will this course build on Key Stage 3?

This course is designed to build on and enhance the skills and knowledge students have developed in Key Stage 3.

What Skills will I develop?

Skills you will develop include: investigative skills, handling data, writing and evaluating conclusions, understanding scientific theory.

 

GCSE Physics  2016-17 (YEAR 11) LEGACY SYLLABUS

Course Title

Physics A

Examination Board

OCR 21st Century

Qualification

GCSE

Specification

J245

QN Code

600 10721

Link to specification

http://www.ocr.org.uk/Images/82210-specification-accredited.pdf

Summary of course content

P1 – The Earth in the Universe

P2 – Radiation and life

P3 – Sustainable energy

P4 – Explaining motion

P5 – Electric circuits

P6 – Radioactive materials

P7 – Further Physics Studying the Universe

How will I be assessed?

3 (1 hour) exams to be sat at the end of year 11.

Paper 1 – P1, P2, P3 (25%)

Paper 2 – P4, P5, P6 (25%)

Paper 3 – P7 (25%)

Controlled assessment (practical investigation) – 25%

What type of activities take place in lessons?

Lessons are designed to include demonstrations, practical investigations, scientific theory as well as independent, paired and group work.

What type of homework tasks will be set?

Students are set a variety of different homework tasks which help to develop knowledge from lessons or build upon skills required to answer exam questions. This includes the essential numeracy and literacy skills.

Useful links

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/science/21c/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/science/add_ocr_21c/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/science/triple_ocr_21c/

How will this help students in the future?

Studying this course will allow students to continue to further build upon their learning by studying Physics at A Level. There is also a strong link between Physics, Maths and engineering.

How will this course build on Key Stage 3?

This course is designed to build on and enhance the skills and knowledge students have developed in Key Stage 3.

What Skills will I develop?

Skills you will develop include: investigative skills, handling data, writing and evaluating conclusions, understanding scientific theory.