Key Stage 3 Physics
Physics is “the study of matter, energy, and the interaction between them”. Physics is about asking fundamental questions and trying to answer them by observing and experimenting. Physicists ask really big questions like: How did the universe begin? How will the universe change in the future? How does the Sun keep on shining? What are the basic building blocks of matter? Physics is taught as a separate subject and is divided into topics with students encouraged to make links between their learning in different topics.

Year 7

Key Topics Covered
  • Density
  • Forces & Materials
  • Static Electricity
  • Electrical Circuits
  • Space Physics
Skills Developed

Developing practical skills, completing numerical calculations, tabulating data, plotting appropriate graphs, understanding strengths and limitations of models, use scientific terminology and vocabulary.

Year 8

Key Topics Covered
  • Moments and Pressure
  • Waves (including light)
  • Matter
  • Energy
Skills Developed

Develop practical skills to make a range of measurements, rearranging equations to complete calculations including expressions in standard form, tabulating data, plotting graphs, understanding strengths and limitations of models, use scientific terminology and vocabulary.

Year 9

Key Topics Covered
  • Quantitative Circuits
  • Magnets and Electromagnets
  • Forces and Motion
Skills Developed

Developing practical skills including planning of experiments, manipulating algebra, making reasoned conclusions based on evidence, use scientific terminology and vocabulary.

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How is This Subject Assessed?

The students take a test at the end of each topic. These are designed not only to enable students to be given a forecast grade but most importantly to identify any areas that students need to revisit. In addition to these tests, students will also plan and carry out investigations. Students will be assessed on their ability to design investigations, to set up and use apparatus, and to collect, record and analyse their results. They will also be expected to evaluate the quality of the data they have collected and their experimental methods.  Assessment will be a mixture of self, peer and teacher assessment.

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