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Physics

Physics is about how the fundamental interactions of the universe work. We learn about electricity, energy, forces and radiation.  We also find out more about what scientists cannot yet explain.

Physics is taught as a separate subject by science teachers in Year 7 and by specialist physics teachers to all pupils up to Year 11.

At CGS we have high expectations for our students and are proud of our excellent results.  The majority of students achieve an A* or A grade at GCSE and an A*-B grade at A level.

Key Stage 3

(Year 7)

Unit 1

Unit 2

Unit 3

Speed

Levers

Static electricity

Distance-time graph

Levers in action

Electric Fields

Forces

Moments

Circuits

Gravity

Principle of Moments

Parallel Circuits

Friction

Simple Machines

Voltage

Density

Pressure

Resistance

Stretching

Pressure Calculations

Ohms Law

Air resistance

Atmospheric Pressure

Magnets

Balanced Forces

Pressure in Liquids

The Earth’s Magnetism

Newton’s Laws

Hydraulics

Electro Magnets

Test

Test

Test

(Year 8)

Unit 4

Unit 5

Unit 6

Energy

Waves

Sun

Energy

Light

Solar System

Conservation of energy

Refraction

Gravity

Energy from Food

Colour

Seasons

Fuels

Sound

Moon

Heating

Speed of Sound

Phases of the Moon

Radiation

Detection

Eclipses

Changes in systems

Loudspeakers

Galaxies

Chemical and Physical

Using Sound

Observing space

Energy Calculations

Waves, Energy and Speed

Journey into Space

Test

Test

Test

 

AQA GCSE Physics 4403

All pupils are given the opportunity to take a GCSE in Physics in Year 11.

We start Key Stage 4 in Year 9 and work towards the terminal examinations in Year 11. Towards the end of Year 10, we undertake the controlled practical assessment.  All of the assessment takes place in the laboratory, but students are allowed to prepare a research sheet beforehand to support the planning stage.  We supply GCSE “Physics for You” texts and use these with CGP workbooks to support homework and revision.

The course consists of units P1, P2 and P3:

P1 (Year 9) – Energy, Efficiency, Electricity, Waves, Communication, The Universe

P2 (Year 10) – Forces, Kinetic Energy, Momentum, Electricity, Mains Supply, Nuclear Processes

P3 (Year 11) – Medical Physics, Using Physics To Make Things Work, Keeping Things Moving

There are equally weighted one hour examinations for each of these units.  The controlled assessment is worth 25% of the marks.

AQA GCE A level Physics 2450

P1 (Year 12) Particle Physics, Quantum Phenomena and Electricity (20%)

P2 (Year 12) Materials, Mechanics and Waves (20%)

P3 (Year 12) Practical Assessment (10%)

P4 (Year 13) Fields and Further Mechanics (20%)

P5 (Year 13) As P4 + Astrophysics (20%)

P6 (Year 13) Practical Assessment (10%)

We run an Electronics Club and take part in the annual Rampaging Chariots robotics competition.