Physics is a radical, fast moving and innovative subject which covers a huge range of topics in science. The girls follow a syllabus that is broadly in line with the physics content of the National Curriculum, but is greater in both breadth and depth. We encourage students to link the subject content to their everyday experiences. There is a strong element of practical work, as well as a thorough grounding in the theory behind the experiments. We also emphasise the development of the essential scientific thinking skills that underpin the subject matter.
One of our U6 students has added to the enjoyment of the lower school girls’ experience of physics by running weekly Science Club sessions. These have covered such diverse subjects as making lava lamps, cushioning eggs and propelling cars.
Not to be outdone, three of the L6 have organised an Astronomy Club, setting up our telescope on the school field and inviting younger students to observe the Moon. We hope to build on its success as soon as the clocks return to GMT in the autumn.
THE PHYSICS CURRICULUM
The Science Centre is a state-of-the art building with seven laboratories, all are fully networked with computer points at each work space. A class set of laptops is available for accessing the internet and the VLE (virtual learning environment), for modelling, simulations and data-logging. Every lab has a data projector, with most also having Smart Boards. The building has a dedicated Sixth Form computer suite, a dark room and an integral greenhouse on the top floor.
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THE PHYSICS DEPARTMENT TEAM
Head of Science and Head of Physics: Mrs Sarah Eagle
Physics: Mrs Deborah Goodchild
Physics: Mr Neil Tuckwell
Physics: Mrs Brenda Young
Laboratory Technician: Mrs Marion Froude