Physics is studied separately to Chemistry and Biology across KS3 and KS4, as we believe it is an important subject in its own right so students have a clear understanding of each discipline within the Science curriculum.
In Year 7, students are introduced to forces and look at speed, acceleration and graphing analysing results. Students then go on to learn about energy covering the different energy types, power and energy efficiency. During the Summer term we focus on electromagnets. We start by looking at how to set up series and parallel circuit and then measure potential difference and current in a circuit.
In Year 8, students will build on their forces work from Year 7 and look at contact forces and pressure. Students then go on to learn more about different types and properties of waves. During the Summer term we build on knowledge of electromagnets and investigate ways to vary the strength of an electromagnet. Students will also explore the magnetic field patterns around different types or combinations of magnets. There will be additional energy projects which will support pupils during the transition into Year 9 using electric motors to move weights and then investigating how to prevent heat loss by conduction, convection and radiation.