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Devonport High School for Girls

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 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)  

Starting in September 2019, students in Year 7 will study 4 modules of Physics. These are Forces, Electromagnetism, Waves, and Energy. They will continue in year 8 to study further aspects of the same four main topics.

For students who are starting year 8 in September 2019, the curriculum continues from their year 7 work and consists of three units, which are waves, magnets and electromagnetism, and extended forces.

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.

Full details of the specification and assessment criteria can be found on the AQA website GCSE Physics specification

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.

Full details of the specification and assessment criteria can be found on the AQA website GCSE Combined  Science: Trilogy Specification

 

Extra-curricular activities 

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.