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Curriculum Statement: Physics


We do not know why we are born into the world, but we can try to find out what sort of a world it is - at least in its physical aspects

Edwin Powell Hubble


The knowledge and skills that pupils will gain


The knowledge and skills that a pupil will gain in Science are based on the ability to analyse a problem and suggest solutions through investigation. Students have opportunities to deepen scientific knowledge and instil curiosity throughout their time at school enabling them to contribute to the changing world around them. Working scientifically is embedded in all three science strands so that students can develop scientific thinking, experimental skills, analyse, evaluate and use the correct terminology to express their ideas.


Curriculum features: continuity, progression and sequencing


The year 9 curriculum is designed to ensure students have a secure understanding of the KS3 concepts of Energy, Circuits, Waves and Forces.  There is an emphasis on developing their skills with practical equipment to be able to work independently at KS4.


The GCSE scheme of work is designed to ensure progression, developing the fundamental knowledge from KS3 with steadily increasing demand.  Mathematical skills are integral to the course and the scheme aims to coordinate with the teaching of Maths to enable all students to tackle calculation problems with confidence.  Development of literacy is integral with exam questions and mark schemes regularly analysed.  Practical work is planned wherever it enhances the learning effectively


The aim at A level is to engender enthusiasm for careers and degrees linked to Physics by ensuring competence with the exam topics and encouraging students to question and discuss ideas.  As at GCSE the scheme of work is designed to allow progression in understanding of topics and increasing opportunities to work independently.  Students are encouraged to assess their own work and topic tests are set regularly to ensure progress.


Tradition, Excellence, Character: Co-Curriculum enrichment  


The science department prides itself in the tradition of having student led societies where pupils are encouraged to pursue their passion in the world of science.  Debate is encouraged, furthering their ability to communicate their ideas with others, enhancing character through discussion and respect for conflicting opinions. Students have the opportunity to demonstrate excellence by entering a range of National Competitions including biology Olympiad and Cambridge chemistry challenge and taking in part in relevant trips and visits.


TWBS Learning Journey for Physics