Physics KS3

Physics is treated as a separate subject and is taught by specialists in the subject. A syllabus has been designed that covers the essential elements of Common Entrance and the National Curriculum but which also tries to engage and enthuse pupils. There is a mixture of theoretical and experimental work in each year but it is recognised that the role of practical work plays a key part in developing the scientists of tomorrow. At the end of year 8, pupils will be well placed to move on to further study leading to GCSE and beyond. Examples of the subject matter covered in Years 7 to 8 include: forces, energy, electricity, magnetism, waves, sound and kinetic theory.

The Department has three well equipped laboratories; all have wireless communications, multi-media projectors and Smart Boards which can be used for sophisticated animations, video clips and interactive activities. There is also a dedicated Science computer laboratory and a full set of laptops which allow extensive use to be made of ICT. Pupils will be introduced to data logging equipment sensors and will be able to process results using the latest technology. Small research projects give opportunities to collect information from databases, locally and on the Internet, and to make full use of the School's library facilities.

The Moon
The Moon (© NASA/JPL-Caltech)