Physics

Year 9 Physics 2016/2017

Course title: GCSE SCIENCE Exam board: AQA Specification code: 8463/8464
How will students be assessed?
  • In Physics the students will initially study science skills based on a space theme, before starting the GCSE course in November.
  • In GCSE science, students will sit six external exams (two in each science subject) at the end of Year 11. Each paper is worth 16.7% of their final GCSE grade. All exams will be 1 hour and 15 minutes in length requiring students to answer multiple choice, structured, closed short answer and open response questions. Questions will be knowledge based as well as drawing on the practical work that students have completed throughout the course.

Physics GCSE Paper 1: This will assess the topic areas of energy, electricity, the particle model of matter and atomic structure.

Physics GCSE Paper 2:  This will assess the topic areas of forces, waves, magnetism and electromagnetism, space physics as well as some of the work previously done on energy and electricity.

Half term Key content
1 (7 weeks)            Space physics
17th October data collection (CWA,PEG and ATL)
2 (7 weeks) 4.1 Energy –part of new GCSE
3 (7 weeks) 9th January data collection (CWA, PEG and ATL)
4.1 Energy (cont) =Part of new GCSE
9th February Parents’ Evening
4 (6 weeks) 4.1 Energy (Cont)-Part of the new GCSE
3rd April data collection (CWA, PEG and ATL)
5 (5 weeks)
6 (7 weeks) C4.3 Particle model of matter (part of the new GCSE)
Week commencing 19th June: Year 9 exam week
26th June Data collection (CWA, PEG and ATL)

Year 10 Physics 2016/2017

Course title: GCSE Physics Exam board: AQA Specification code:8463
How will students be assessed?
  • Students will sit two external exams at the end of Year 11. Each paper is worth 50% of their final GCSE grade. Both exams will be 1 hour and 45 minutes in length requiring students to answer multiple choice, structured, closed short answer and open response questions.  Questions will be both knowledge based and draw on the practical work that students have completed throughout the course.

Paper 1: This will assess the topic areas of energy, electricity, the particle model of matter and atomic structure.

Paper 2:  This will assess the topic areas of forces, waves, magnetism and electromagnetism, space physics as well as some of the work previously done on energy and electricity.

In year 9 students began the GCSE course and have studied some space physics.

Half term Key content
1 (7 weeks)                 4.2.5 Static electricity and 4.1.1 Energy changes in a system
17th October data collection (CWA,PEG and ATL)
2 (7 weeks) 4.1.1 Energy changes in a system (cont.) and 4.3 Particle model of matter.
3 (7 weeks) 4.3. Particle model of matter (cont.) and 4.4 Atomic structure.
9th January data collection (CWA, PEG and ATL)
4 (6 weeks) 4.4. Atomic structure (cont.) and 4.5 Forces
3rd April data collection (CWA, PEG and ATL)
5 (5 weeks) 4.5 Forces (cont)
27th April Parents’ Evening
6 (7 weeks) 4.5 Forces.(cont.)
Week commencing 19th June: Year 10 exam week
26th June Data collection (CWA, PEG and ATL)

2017-18

Half term                   Key content
1 (7 weeks) 4.6 Waves
2 (7 weeks) 4.6 waves (cont.)
3 (7 weeks) 4.8 Space physics
4 (6 weeks) 4.7 Magnetism
5 (5 weeks) Revision

SCIENCE TRILOGY (physics) – Y10 2016-2017

Course title: GCSE SCIENCE Exam board: AQA Specification code: 8464
How will students be assessed?
  • Students will sit six external exams (two in each science subject) at the end of Year 11. Each paper is worth 16.7% of their final GCSE grade. All exams will be 1 hour and 15 minutes in length requiring students to answer multiple choice, structured, closed short answer and open response questions.   Questions will be knowledge based as well as drawing on the practical work that students have completed throughout the course.

Physics Paper 1: This will assess the topic areas of energy, electricity, the particle model of matter and atomic structure.

Physics Paper 2:  This will assess the topic areas of forces, waves, magnetism and electromagnetism.

In year 9 students began the GCSE course and have studied atomic structure and the periodic table.

Half term Key content
1 (7 weeks)                 6.1 Energy in a system
17th October data collection (CWA,PEG and ATL)
6.1 Energy in a system (cont.)
2 (7 weeks)
3 (7 weeks) 6.3 The particle model of matter
9th January data collection (CWA, PEG and ATL)
4 (6 weeks) 6.4 Atomic structure
3rd April data collection (CWA, PEG and ATL) 27th April Parents’ Evening
6.5 Forces
5 (5 weeks)
6 (7 weeks) 6.5 Forces (cont.)
Week commencing 19th June: Year 10 exam week
26th June Data collection (CWA, PEG and ATL)

2017-18

Half term Key content
1 (7 weeks) 6.6 waves
2 (7 weeks) 6.6 Waves (cont)
3 (7 weeks) 6.7 Magnetism and electromagnetism
4 (6 weeks) 6.2 Electricity revision
5 (5 weeks) Revision

CORE SCIENCE (PHYSICS) – Y11 2016-2017

Course title: Core Science Exam board: AQA Specification code: 4405
How will students be assessed?
Students will sit three external exams (one in each science subject) at the end of Year 11. Each paper is worth 25% of their final GCSE grade.  All exams will be 1 hour in length requiring students to answer structured and closed questions.  There will be at least one question per paper assessing Quality of Written Communication in a science context.

An Investigative Skills Assignment is also completed under controlled conditions in class which is worth 25% of the final grade.

This content was taught in year 10:   P1: Energy, waves and start P2 Forces

ADDITIONAL SCIENCE (Physics) – Y11 2016-2017

Course title: Additional Science Exam board: AQA Specification code: 4408
How will students be assessed?
Students will sit three external exams (one in each science subject) at the end of Year 11. Each paper is worth 25% of their final GCSE grade.  All exams will be 1 hour in length requiring students to answer structured and closed questions.  There will be at least one question per paper assessing Quality of Written Communication in a science context.

An Investigative Skills Assignment is also completed under controlled conditions in class which is worth 25% of the final grade.  

The content to be covered in year 11:  P2: Forces, Energy, Electricity and  Nuclear radiation

Half term Key content
1 (7 weeks)         P2 – Energy, work and power calculations
17th October data collection (CWA,PEG and ATL)
2 (7 weeks) P2 – Electricity
Mock Exams commence 9th December until 16th December
3 (7 weeks) P2 – Electricity & Nuclear radiation
9th January data collection (mock grade, PEG and ATL)
16th February Parents Evening
4 (6 weeks) P2 – Nuclear radiation
20th March data collection (CWA, PEG and ATL)
5 (5 weeks) Revision of P1 and P2 topic areas

Year 11 Physics 2016/2017

Course title: Physics Exam board: AQA Specification code: 4402
How will students be assessed?
Students will sit three external exams at the end of Year 11. Each paper is worth 25% of their final GCSE grade.  All exams will be 1 hour in length requiring students to answer structured and closed questions.  There will be at least one question per paper assessing Quality of Written Communication in a science context.

An Investigative Skills Assignment is also completed under controlled conditions in class which is worth 25% of the final grade.  Students will do this early in September.

P1: Energy and waves
P2: Forces, electricity and  nuclear radiation
P3: Medical physics, magnetism and physics to make things work.

Half term Key content
1 (7 weeks)            P2 – Electricity
17th October data collection (CWA,PEG and ATL)
2 (7 weeks) P2 Nuclear radiation
Mock Exams commence 9th December until 16th December
3 (7 weeks) P3 – Medical Physics
9th January data collection (mock grade, PEG and ATL)
16th February Parents Evening
4 (6 weeks) P3 – magnetism and electromagnetism
20th March data collection (CWA, PEG and ATL)
5 (5 weeks) Revision of P1, P2 and P3 topic areas

Year 12 Physics 2016/2017

Course title: A-Level Physics Exam board: AQA Specification code: 7408
How will students be assessed?
Students will sit three two hour external exams at the end of Year 13.  During the course, along with other practical work, students will carry out 12 assessed practicals which will lead to the students being awarded their practical skills endorsement.

Physics Paper 1: (85 marks)
Students will complete short and long answer questions (60 marks) on the topic from sections 1-5 and 6.1. The paper includes multiple choice questions.

Physics Paper 2: (85 marks)
Students will complete short and long answer questions (60 marks) on the topic from sections 6.2 and 7 – 8 (the questions may assume knowledge from sections 1-6.1.  The paper includes 25 multiple choice questions.

Physics Paper 2: (80 marks)
Students will complete 45 marks of long and short answer question on practical experiments and data analysis. As well as 35 marks of short and long questions from the optional unit, unit 12 turning points in physics.

Half term Key content
Teacher 1 DBL (4 LESSONS) Teacher 2 AM (5 LESSONS)
1  (7 weeks)               Circuits resistivity EMF 3.2 Particles and radiation
17th October data collection (CWA,PEG and ATL)
2   (7 weeks) Potential dividers EMF internal resistance   3.2 Electromagnetic radiation and quantum phenomena
3  (7 weeks) 9th January data collection (CWA, PEG and ATL)
Scalars and vectors Torque Moments 3.3. Waves
Required practical 1 (approx. timing)
Mock Exams 1: Tuesday 31st Jan-Friday 3rd Feb
Materials Practical e=fl/ax 3.3. waves
4  (6 weeks) Momentum and materials 3.3 Waves
Required practical 2 (approx. timing)
Year 12 Data Drop: 27th February (Mock Exam Results)
Energy 3.4 Mechanics
Motion in a straight line and projectile motion
Year 12 Parents’ Evening: 16th March
5  (5 weeks) Work power 3.4 Mechanics
Required practical 3 (approx. timing)
Mock Exams 2: Monday 15th May-Friday 19th May
6  (7 weeks) Special relativity 3.6 Further mechanics
Circular motion
Data Drop/Year 12 Reports begin Monday 3rd July – Mock Exam grade 2 to be entered here.

Year 13 Physics 2016/2017

Course title: A-Level Physics Exam board: AQA Specification code: 7408
How will students be assessed?
Students will sit three two hour external exams at the end of Year 13.  During the course, along with other practical work, students will carry out 12 assessed practicals which will lead to the students being awarded their practical skills endorsement.

Physics Paper 1: (85 marks)
Students will complete short and long answer questions (60 marks) on the topic from sections 1-5 and 6.1. The paper includes multiple choice questions.

Physics Paper 2: (85 marks)
Students will complete short and long answer questions (60 marks) on the topic from sections 6.2 and 7 – 8 (the questions may assume knowledge from sections 1-6.1.  The paper includes 25 multiple choice questions.

Physics Paper 2: (80 marks)
Students will complete 45 marks of long and short answer question on practical experiments and data analysis. As well as 35 marks of short and long questions from the optional unit, unit 12 turning points in physics.

Teacher 1 DBL (3 LESSONS) Teacher 2 AM (6 LESSONS)
1   (7 weeks)               Special relativity
Thermal physics and ideal gases
Further mechanics
SHM
Required practical 7 (approx. timing)
17th October data collection (CWA,PEG and ATL)
2    (7 weeks) Thermal and kinetic theory Fields
Magnetic fields
Required practical 10 (approx. timing)
Required practical 11 (approx. timing)
3  (7 weeks) 9th January data collection (CWA, PEG and ATL)
Fields Electric fields
Required practical 8(approx. timing)
Mock Exams 1: Tuesday 31st Jan-Friday 3rd Feb
Gravitational fields orbits planets and satellites   Nuclear physics
Required practical 12 ( approx. timing)
4  (6 weeks) Gravitational potential Nuclear physics
Year 12 Data Drop: 27th February (Mock Exam Results)
Coulombs law and electric field strength Turning points in physics
Year 12 Parents’ Evening: 16th March
5   (5 weeks) Turning points Turning points in physics
Mock Exams 2: Monday 15th May-Friday 19th May
6   (7 weeks)
Data Drop/Year 12 Reports begin Monday 3rd July – Mock Exam grade 2 to be entered here.