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St Peter's
Catholic School

Physics

Miss C Smith

Head of Science

The Team

Mrs M Barnes Senior Science Technician (Physics)
Mrs P Cookson Teacher of Science (Physics)
Mr M Green Teacher of Science (Physics)
Mrs S Hughes Senior Science Technician (Physics)

Introduction to the Department

We seek to ensure that students experience a good balance of subject knowledge and understanding with the skills of scientific enquiry. This includes opportunities for students to engage in practical work, fieldwork, research, use of ICT, individual and group work, discussions, modelling and evaluation. Teachers also aim to make the teaching of science relevant to students lives.

Science subjects are designed to provide students not only with a basic knowledge but also with a range of skills and ideas that will be of use in further and higher education and in their life as members of society. They will learn to recall relevant knowledge and to show understanding of basic facts, concepts and principles, using appropriate terminology. They will develop an understanding of the power and limitations of scientific ideas. They will be able to select, organise and present relevant information and to evaluate ideas in order to make informed judgements on the complex issues that appear in the media with increasing regularity.

Key Stage 5 Information

Physics

Students follow the AQA Physics syllabus that builds on students’ knowledge at GCSE, with subjects including mechanics and electricity, along with adding a new dimension to their knowledge, by adding new topics such as particle physics.  Along with core practical’s taking place in St Peter’s science labs, students will be given the opportunity to travel to CERN in Geneva, to visit the world’s largest particle physics experiment, and attend a variety of lectures at the University of Surrey.

Year 12 Course Outline:

  • Particle physics and quantum phenomena
  • Waves
  • Mechanic and materials
  • Electricity

Year 13 Course Outline:

  • Further mechanics
  • Fields and their consequences
  • Nuclear physics
  • Astrophysics