Key Stage 3


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.


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.


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


Subject Leader:

Mr Keith


Exam Specification:

OCR GCSE Physics J259

QN Code:




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


Terminal Examinations at the end of year 11 – both papers assess content from all 8 sections

Paper 1 – Breadth in Physics – 1 hour 45 minutes – 50%

Paper 2 – Depth in Physics – 1 hour 45 minutes – 50%

What type of activities take place in lessons?

Practical work and theory.

What type of homework tasks will be set?

Research, revision, exam questions.

How will it help me in the future?

Awareness and greater understanding of the world around you.

How will this course build on what I have studied in Year 9?

All work covered in KS3 will be built upon to a higher level of understanding.

What skills will I develop?

Practical processes, Analysis and Evaluation.