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"Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious.

Stephen Hawking


Subject Overview

Physics helps students to develop a curiosity about the natural world, giving an insight into how science works and an appreciation of its relevance to their everyday lives. The way scientific ideas flow through their curriculum journey will support students to build a deeper understanding of physics. Our curriculum encourages the development of knowledge and understanding in physics through opportunities for working scientifically. 

Course Content

Physics Years 7 - 9

Year 7

• Energy
• Forces
• Electricity
• Space

Year 8

• Magnetism
• Motion
• Waves
• Energy Changes

Year 9

• Pressure and Moments
• Elasticity
• Dynamics
• Forces and Newton’s Laws
• Potential Difference, Current and Resistance
• Domestic Electricity

Physics Years 10 - 11

 Year 10

• Atoms and Isotopes
• Atoms and Nuclear Radiation
• Energy
• National and Global Energy Resources
• Particle model of matter
• Forces and Work Done

Year 11

• Electromagnetic Waves
• Magnetism
• Electromagnetism
• Waves
• Momentum
• Space physics




Curriculum Documents

In year 7 and 8 pupils study all three sciences

Year 7 Science

Year 8 Science

Year 9 Physics

Year 10 Physics

Year 11 Physics