Physics - Our Vision Our primary aim is to instil a genuine love of the sciences and the confidence to question our understanding of the natural and physical world. The programme of study aims to develop inquisitive minds into critical thinkers through acquiring theoretical knowledge, practical skills and scientific literacy. Students will understand how science continuously builds upon previous advancements and understanding; linking the topics studied with real-world application ensures that our pupils develop key investigative, analytical and evaluative skills to prepare for their life ahead. In years 7 and 8, our bespoke curriculum embeds the key foundations of biology, chemistry and physics whilst allowing students’ natural enthusiasm and curiosity to flourish. From year 9 onwards, the three science strands are taught separately through challenging and enriching lessons which build students’ resilience. Additional opportunities beyond the classroom at all key stages further strengthen the curriculum and reinforce the key role science and its applications have in understanding contemporary issues, future developments and the challenges of the modern world.

Year

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Term 4

Term 5

Term 6

End Points

9

Waves 1 (Properties)

Waves 2 (Electromagnetic Spectrum), Energy 1 (Energy, Work, Power)

Energy 2 (Energy Resources)

Motion

Forces 1

Forces 2

Calculations, learning equations, units, significant figures, standard form, prefixes, practical skills, key words

Calculations, learning equations, units, significant figures, standard form, practical skills, extended writing, literacy, key words

Key words, comparing, evaluation, discussion, research, ethics, Calculations, units, significant figures, standard form, prefixes

Calculating resultant forces, scale drawings

Extended writing, explanation, application

MP9: Motion Test

MP10: Year 9 Exam

MP3: Electromagnetic Spectrum GAT

MP5: Specific Heat Capacity GAT

Graph drawing and interpretation, calculations, learning equations, units, significant figures, standard form, prefixes

MP4: Electromagnetic Spectrum Test

MP6: Energy, Work and Power Test

Use strategies for learning and recalling the key equations Rearrange and use the equations to make calculations, showing clear working and writing the units carry out experiments appropriately, having due regard to the correct manipulation of apparatus, the accuracy of measurements and health and safety considerations Confidently use prefixes and powers of ten for orders of magnitude and express answers in both decimal and standard form. Convert between units Understand that energy can be transferred from one store to another. Describe the energy stores and pathways for a variety of scenarios. Apply the principle of conservation of energy to make calculations. Evaluate the use of renewable and non-renewable energy resources and understand the economic, environmental, social and ethical issues surrounding energy resources. Understand the difference between scalar and vector quantities; explain the effects of balanced and unbalanced forces on the motion of objects and draw and interpret motion graphs. Describe the properties of waves and understand the uses and dangers of the waves in the electromagnetic spectrum.

Heating

Static Electricity, Circuit Electricity

Household Electricity, Pressure

Radioactivity, Revision

Nuclear Physics

Calculations, practical skills, analysing, explaining, predicting

Calculations, application of knowledge, practical skills

Calculating, working safely, analysing

Ethics, explaining, modelling, interpreting diagrams

MP1: Y10 Equations GAT

MP3: Static Test

MP5: January Exam

Calculating, practical skills, modelling, literacy, extended writing

Magnets and Electromagnets

MP2: Heating Test

MP4: Circuits Test

MP6: Household Test

AQA GCSE Physics

MP1: Wave Equation GAT MP2: Properties of Waves Test

10 Triple AQA GCSE Physics

MP7: Energy Resources GAT MP8: Energy Resources Test

MP7: Pressure Test

MP9: End-of-year exam

Practical skills, explaining, application of knowledge MP10: Nuclear Test

MP8: Alpha, beta, gamma GAT

Use scientific theories to develop hypotheses and plan and carry out investigations to test hypotheses, make observations and explore phenomena interpret observations and other data, including identifying patterns and trends; make inferences and draw conclusions Evaluate data in terms of accuracy, precision, repeatability and reproducibility and identify potential sources of random and systematic error Design and build circuits that can be used to investigate the I-V characteristics of different components Solve circuit problems to determine the current through and pd across components in series and parallel; define current and pd Explain how energy is used in the home and define power Investigate the magnetic fields of permanent magnets and electromagnets and explain their applications in everyday life

10 Combined AQA GCSE Combined Science: Trilogy

Heating

Circuit Electricity

Circuit Electricity

Household Electricity, Radioactivity

Calculations, practical skills, analysing, explaining, predicting

Calculations, application of knowledge, practical skills

Calculations, application of knowledge, practical skills

Calculating, working safely

Calculating, practical skills, modelling, literacy, extended writing

MP1: Y10 Equations GAT

MP3: Heating Test

MP5: January Exam

MP7: Household Electricity Test

MP9: End-of-year exam

MP2: Specific Heat Capacity GAT

MP4: Resistance vs Length GAT

MP6: Circuits Test

MP8: Alpha, Beta, Gamma GAT

1

Radioactivity

Magnets and Electromagnets Practical skills, explaining, application of knowledge MP10: Magnets and Electromagnets Test

Explain the link between electricity and magnetism and how this is used in motors, generators (triple only) and transformers Use the particle model to explain density, changes of state and pressure. Calculate the energy changes when substances are heated or change state. Explain how scientists’ understanding of the atom has changed over time, and how models are constantly being developed as new evidence is discovered; the importance of publishing results and peer review Understand radioactive decay and the importance of nuclear fission and fusion as energy resources

Physics - Our Vision Year 11 Triple AQA GCSE Physics

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Term 4

Term 5

Triple Electromagnetism Newton’s Laws and Momentum

Triple Momentum

Light, Space

Revision

Revision

Calculating, application of knowledge, explaining, Practical skills

Calculating, application of knowledge, explaining, Practical skills, analysing, modelling

Revision strategies, exam technique, application of knowledge

Revision strategies, exam skills, application of knowledge

MP3: NL and Momentum Test

MP5: Light Test

MP7: Space Test

MP9: Practice Paper 2

MP4: December Mock Exam (Paper 1)

MP6: Equation Test

MP8: March Mock – Paper 2

Newton’s Laws and Momentum

Revision of Y10 Topics

Revision of Y9 Topics

Revision of Y11 Topics

Revision

Calculating, application of knowledge, explaining, Practical skills

Calculating, application of knowledge, explaining, Practical skills, exam technique, revision strategies MP3: Equation Test

Calculating, application of knowledge, explaining, Practical skills, exam technique, revision strategies

Revision strategies, exam skills

MP1: AQA End-of-Year 10 Assessment

Calculating, application of knowledge, explaining, Practical skills, exam technique, revision strategies

MP2: NL and Momentum Test

MP4: December Mock Exam (Paper 1

Practical skills, explaining, application of knowledge MP1: AQA End-of-Year 10 Assessment MP2: Triple Electromagnetism Test

Year 11 Combined AQA GCSE Combined Science: Trilogy

MP5: Y10 Topics Test MP6: Y9 Topics Test

MP7: Mock Paper 2 MP8: Equations Test

2

MP9: Practice Paper 2

Term 6

End Points Understand how the skills developed in Physics lessons can be used in a range of careers See connections between topic areas, particularly through big ideas like the particle model and energy changes. Critically evaluate data, information and claims through critical analysis of the methodology, evidence and conclusions, both qualitatively and quantitatively Suggest and verify mathematical relationships between variables Apply knowledge to a range of unfamiliar contexts Rearrange and use complex equations with four or more variables Express answers to an appropriate number of significant figures Use strategies to learn and recall the 23 key equations Apply Newton’s three laws to explain the effects of forces on the motion of an object Apply the conservation of momentum to make calculations about collisions and other events (triple only) Explain how gears and levers are used in machines to multiply forces and gain a mechanical advantage (triple only) Understand the life cycles of stars and how the elements are formed (triple only) Understand the Big Bang theory for the beginning of the universe and the evidence that supports this theory (triple only).

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