KS4 Physics

Year 9

From September 2016, all pupils will begin their GCSE studies in science. In all disciplines, this will entail introducing the key concepts and knowledge that will be revisited and built upon as they progress through years 10 and 11.

Term 1 Term 2 Term 3
Internal energy

 

Types of energy and how to calculate energy transfers

Particle model of matter

 

How to calculate density

Changes of state

Atomic structure

 

The structure of an atom

Isotopes

Radioactivity and half lives

Homework

Homework is an important part of the learning process. Often the tasks will be designed to consolidate learning and to help them master the problem solving skills that will be necessary in their final exams and in later life. Research tasks for flipped learning are important as they form the basis of the following lesson and a well prepared piece of homework will hugely enhance the learning and progress that will then take place in the lesson.

It is anticipated that pupils will not be able to do some homework as we continue to increase the level of challenge and demand. This should not be seen as a cause for concern but we would ask that pupils come prior to the next lesson to seek help and guidance. These situations are fantastic learning opportunities and should be highly valued not shied away from as pupils will make great gains as they face their weaknesses and overcome them.

Other Useful Information

There are various study guides and workbooks that pupils can buy. There are also many different websites and phone apps to help with the learning and remembering of the course content. Below are a list of useful resources and websites.

5 ways to help my son/ daughter

  • Ensure that they complete their homework
  • Ensure that they know when assessments are taking place and are doing the necessary revision for them
  • Ensure that they use their PLCs (personal learning checklists) in order to self-check what they have covered in the specification
  • Ensure that they use their PLCs when revising
  • Ensure that they are using the AQA website to download, and complete, as many past papers as possible

KS4 Trilogy

In Years 10 and 11, pupils studying the AQA Science Trilogy course will have lessons in all three of the science disciplines; Chemistry, Physics and Biology. Pupils that complete the course successfully will receive two GCSEs, these will be awarded with a number grade with a 9-9 for the course being the pinnacle of achievement. Pupils are assessed by exams at the end of the two years. There is no coursework element to the assessment however pupils are required to complete 21 practical experiments elements of which will be tested during the final examinations.

Trilogy: Physics

Year 10

Term 1 Term 2 Term 3
Energy and Electricity Particle Model of matter and atomic structure Atomic structure and Forces

Year 11

Term 1 Term 2 Term 3
Waves and Electromagnetism Final Examination Preparation  

Homework

Homework is an important part of the learning process. Often the tasks will be designed to consolidate learning and to help them master the problem solving skills that will be necessary in their final exams and in later life. Research tasks for flipped learning are important as they form the basis of the following lesson and a well prepared piece of homework will hugely enhance the learning and progress that will then take place in the lesson.

It is anticipated that pupils will not be able to do some homework as we continue to increase the level of challenge and demand. This should not be seen as a cause for concern but we would ask that pupils come prior to the next lesson to seek help and guidance. These situations are fantastic learning opportunities and should be highly valued not shied away from as pupils will make great gains as they face their weaknesses and overcome them.

Other Useful Information

There are various study guides and workbooks that pupils can buy. There are also many different websites and phone apps to help with the learning and remembering of the course content. Below are a list of useful resources and websites.

5 ways to help my son/ daughter

  • Ensure that they complete their homework
  • Ensure that they know when assessments are taking place and are doing the necessary revision for them
  • Ensure that they use their PLCs (personal learning checklists) in order to self-check what they have covered in the specification
  • Ensure that they use their PLCs when revising
  • Ensure that they are using the AQA website to download, and complete, as many past papers as possible

 

KS4 Physics

Pupils that have chosen to do separate science will study Physics as a standalone subject. The course is assessed by examination at the end of the two years. There is no coursework however there are 10 required practical experiments, knowledge of which will be tested during the final exams. There is a greater emphasis on mathematical skills, pupils will be expected to recall different equations and to rearrange them to solve problems.

Year 10

Term 1 Term 2 Term 3
Energy and Electricity Particle model of matter and atomic structure Forces and Waves

Year 11 (2017 – 2018)

Term 1 Term 2 Term 3
Electromagnetism and Space Physics Revision and Exam preparation  

Homework

Homework is an important part of the learning process. Often the tasks will be designed to consolidate learning and to help them master the problem solving skills that will be necessary in their final exams and in later life. Research tasks for flipped learning are important as they form the basis of the following lesson and a well prepared piece of homework will hugely enhance the learning and progress that will then take place in the lesson.

It is anticipated that pupils will not be able to do some homework as we continue to increase the level of challenge and demand. This should not be seen as a cause for concern but we would ask that pupils come prior to the next lesson to seek help and guidance. These situations are fantastic learning opportunities and should be highly valued not shied away from as pupils will make great gains as they face their weaknesses and overcome them.

Other Useful Information

There are various study guides and workbooks that pupils can buy. There are also many different websites and phone apps to help with the learning and remembering of the course content. Below are a list of useful resources and websites.

5 ways to help my son/ daughter

  • Ensure that they complete their homework
  • Ensure that they know when assessments are taking place and are doing the necessary revision for them
  • Ensure that they use their PLCs (personal learning checklists) in order to self-check what they have covered in the specification
  • Ensure that they use their PLCs when revising
  • Ensure that they are using the AQA website to download, and complete, as many past papers as possible

Year 11

The Physics GCSE course is linear so students continue through from year 10 with a final examination at the end of year 11.

Term 1 Term 2 Term 3
P2 part 2 Electricity and radiation

P3 part 1 Physics in medicine

P3 part 2 Making things work

P3 part 2 Making things work

CAU

Exam preparation and revision

Exam preparation and revision

Homework

A variety of activities are set in Physics. Such as, reflections, research, essays, extended answers, worksheets with physics problems, project work and revision. Homework tasks aim to consolidate learning and reinforce the skills learnt during the lesson. A few tasks may go beyond the lesson content and we encourage students to have a go at these problems as we desire to develop student confidence and resilience and praise is given for the attempt of these challenges.

We also have an online homework for GCSE students. Students have their own login and can complete the set tasks and will receive immediate feedback. There is also the option for them to do online tutorials and extra worksheets that are also available.

Other Useful Information

GCSE physics course: AQA Physics

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/physics-4403

http://aqascience.gcsehomework.com/ (This is the website for GCSE online homework)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/science/ (helpful revision website)

5 ways to help my son/ daughter

  • Ensure that they complete their homework
  • Ensure that they know when assessments are taking place and are doing the necessary revision for them
  • Ensure that they use their PLCs (personal learning checklists) in order to self-check what they have covered in the specification
  • Ensure that they use their PLCs when revising
  • Ensure that they are using the AQA website to download, and complete, as many past papers as possible