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Figures, Rudiments, Lower Grammar

The Physics course in the final years at SMH and the first year at the College uses the KS3 section of the National Curriculum as a basis and is intended as a sound preparation for GCSE.

Our pupils are taught to plan different types of scientific enquiries to answer questions, including recognising and controlling variables where necessary; take measurements, using a range of scientific equipment, taking repeat readings when appropriate: record data and results of increasing complexity using scientific diagrams and labels,

They learn to use classification keys, tables, scatter graphs, bar and line graphs; use test results to make predictions to set up further comparative and fair tests; report and present findings from enquiries, including conclusions, causal relationships and explanations of and degree of trust in results, in oral and written forms such as displays and other presentations and identify scientific evidence that has been used to support or refute ideas or arguments.

We interest and engage students in the world around them, with topics including:

Energy
Calculation of fuel uses and costs in the domestic context; Energy changes and transfers; Changes in systems; Motion and forces; Describing motion

Forces
Pressure in fluids; Balanced forces; Forces and motion

Waves
Observed waves; Sound waves; Energy and waves; Light waves

Electricity and electromagnetism
Current electricity; Static electricity; Magnetism; Electromagnetism

Matter
Physical changes; Particle model; Energy in matter

Space physics
In Lower Grammar, students are encouraged to participate in the Rube Goldberg Challenge