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Key Stage 3 Physics - Ermysted's Grammar School
Key Stage 3 Physics
Physics is the “study of matter, energy, and the interactions 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 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
  • Forces
  • Density
  • Moments
  • Pressure
  • Energy
  • Space
Skills Developed
  • Developing practical skills
  • Completing numerical calculations
  • Tabulating data
  • Plotting appropriate graphs
  • Understanding strengths and limitations of models
  • Using scientific terminology and vocabulary

Year 8

Key Topics Covered
  • Forces and motion
  • Waves (including light and sound)
  • Static electricity
  • Qualitative and quantitative DC circuits
  • Magnets and electromagnets
Skills Developed
  • 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
  • Using 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 data they have collected and their experimental methods. Assessment will be a mixture of self, peer and teacher assessment.

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