Name of Head of Department
Mr C Moore, BSc (Hons), MSc, PGCE
Introduction to the department
The Physics department at Devonport High School for Girls covers Key Stages 3, 4 and 5. Key Stage 3 is a 2 year course that forms the foundations for Key Stage 4 AQA GCSE Physics that starts in year 9. For those who choose combined science rather than separate sciences, the department also offers the AQA Combined Science Trilogy Physics at GCSE. Students can continue into A Level Physics regardless as to whether they have chosen Physics as a separate GCSE or the Combined Science Trilogy, both courses provide a firm foundation for Key Stage 5 in Physics. The AQA A Level Physics course is delivered. Enrichment opportunities may include the Physics Olympiad in year 13, and any additional opportunities which arise during the course.
Students studying GCSE or A Level Physics are encouraged to use the Kerboodle resources which support the courses and are available to all.
Key stage 3 (Year 7 and 8)
Students in Year 7 and 8 study four modules of Physics in each year. These are based upon the AQA Key Stage 3 Science Syllabus. The units studied are Forces, Energy, Waves and Electromagnetism, with the same topics repeating in Year 8 where each topic is studied in greater detail and depth. The topics build on the KS2 Programme of Study for science and form a good foundation for moving on to Physics at Key Stage 4.
Key stage 4 (Year 9, 10 and 11)
KS4 Triple Science Options: AQA GCSE Physics is delivered.
GCSE Chemistry students follow all of units 4.1 – 4.9 found on the GCSE Physics Specification link below. Practical skills are assessed throughout the course and examined as part of the final examination series.
KS4 Double Science option: AQA Combined Science: Trilogy is delivered
Combined science students follow selected elements of units 6.1 – 6.8 found on the GCSE Combined Science: Trilogy Specification link below. Practical skills are assessed throughout the course and examined as part of the final examination series.
Last year the Physics department worked within an Ogden Trust (https://www.ogdentrust.com/) school’s partnership. Each school in the partnership hosts a collaborative event which students from all partnership schools attend. The nature of the events varies each year and although the Ogden Trust partnership formally ends this year, all schools in the partnership are keen to continue the work which enriches the Physics curriculum and aims to improve uptake at A-Level. Examples of events that have inspired students during 2018-2019: An evening exploring Astronomy and Light; the Physics of fire; Medical Mavericks; GCSE Physics Escape Rooms.
Students also took part in the Go4Set project and travelled to Birmingham to exhibit further projects at the Big Bang Science fair.