Physics is about understanding everything in the world around us. It is a challenging subject that develops resilience in our students and equips them to solve problems and face challenges today and in the future. It all starts with what we sense in the world, especially what we see and hear. It ends where the imagination of the innovative scientist ends which is never ending. We have students going off to Durham and Oxford to continue their studies and others who move on to other subjects equipped with practical and analytical skills developed during their physics lessons.
Our team of physics teachers is packed with experience, innovative teaching approaches and tons of subject knowledge. We link closely with maths and other departments but are also keen to push language skills and writing skills so that ideas in physics can be expressed clearly. Lessons are interactive, collaborative and as fun as we can possibly make them. We want our students in the future to look back at their time at Kingsmead and remember fun lessons that stretched them to achieve beyond what they thought possible. It would be good if they could still remember the order the electromagnetic spectrum as well!
KEY STAGE 3
Earth structure and the Universe
Energy costs and transfers
Sound and light
Speed and gravity
Voltage, resistance and current
Contact forces and pressure
Work, heating and cooling
Energy 1 and 2
KEY STAGE 4
Particle Model spiral back
Atomic Structure spiral back
Exam preparation and content re-visiting
Space (Triple only)
KEY STAGE 5
Years 12 and 13
Working as a physicist 1
Electric circuits 1
Working as a physicist 2
Electric circuits 2
Working as a physicist 3
Waves and particle nature of light
How does this subject develop the whole child?
Contribution to RSE/LIMB/Pledge
Physics at Kingsmead supports student's development and contributes to the Kingsmead Pledge by providing opportunities to write at length about physics topics and 40% of what we do uses the language of maths so the link is made to the importance of numeracy skills in a context outside of a maths classroom.
Cultural Capital Development
Physics requires students to think scientifically and teaches them how to tackle problems and think analytically. They learn to criticise data and choose reliable sources of information so that they develop into scientifically literate adults. We provide opportunities to see science at work in society with trips to events like the big bang fair and CERN higher up the school.
Cross Curricular Links and Projects
Physics links strongly to skills learned in Maths and English, while we also explore the contributions of many historical scientists and their impact on society. We have a strong focus on the environment and the impact of human activity on the planet which links well to geography. While many of the skills we use in physics are used in the other scientific disciplines of Biology and Chemistry.
Opportunities to develop your Leadership Skills through this subject
Whether students are carrying out practical experiments or debating the energy crisis, students are able to take on various roles within teams that help them work together and develop into leaders. The science club, debating club and Kingsmedia all have a good number of physics students who can see different sides to a problem and can approach solutions in teams.
Activities you will complete in this subject linking to the Kingsmead Edge
Kingsmead Edge is all about developing the skills of our students to make them more rounded and employable adults. It is based around the LORIC ideals of Leadership, Organisation, Resilience, Initiative and Communication which themselves fit well with our overriding school values of Resilience, Innovation, Mindfulness and Employability. Physics gives many opportunities for students to show their progress in all of these areas.
Links to developing extended writing, reading and numeracy
Physics, like all the sciences requires students to write things down, read articles and understand both what they write and what they read. Practical reports and extended answers that form part of all assessments help to develop writing endurance. Understanding scientific texts is key to learning new vocabulary (we call this Tier Three) and we practice numeracy skills that incorporate graph drawing and interpretation, as well as structured calculations.