KS3 Physics

Year 7 

Physics is taught within a combined Science course. A lot of time is spent doing practical experiments developing the techniques required to use the equipment accurately and safely. The effects of forces are further explored with the role of resistive forces in terminal velocities investigated.

Term 1 Term 2 Term 3
Forces and Motion:

Speed, distance and time; how forces affect things, including gravity, weight, friction, air resistance and stress or strain.

Levers, Moments and Pressure:

Levers, the turning effects of forces and their application in machines; pressure and the use of pressure in hydraulics and pneumatics.

Electricity and Electromagnetism:

Static electricity and the forces on charges in electric fields; electrical circuit design and voltage, current and resistance; magnetic fields and electromagnets.

Year 8 

Using the concept of energy students begin to apply the theory to more specific areas of interest. Students look at how heat energy is transferred and learn the difference between heat and temperature. They then go on to look at light as a form of energy and learn of the strange behaviours and phenomenon associated. The opportunity to investigate sound as a form of energy and as an example of a wave brings together two different ideas that allow students to develop their modelling skills.

Term 1 Term 2 Term 3

Different types of energy, transfers and conservation of energy; energy from food and fuels; conduction, convection, radiation and evaporation; simple energy calculations.


Observable waves; light waves, refraction of light and colour; sound and ultrasound; the wave equation.


Structure of the solar system, galaxies and the universe and how we observe them, the relative motion of planets and moons and how this causes days, seasons and the phases of the moon.


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.

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