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Autumn Term

Topic
Overview

P6 Waves

  • Transverse and Longitudinal waves
  • Electromagnetic waves
  • Refraction
  • Radio waves
  • Infrared radiation
  • Dangers of Electromagnetic waves

P2 Electricity

  • Current
  • Resistance
  • Components
  • Series
  • Parallel
  • Electricity in the home
  • Power of electrical appliances
  • The National Grid

  

Social, Moral, Spiritual & Cultural and British Values Links

The uses and dangers of ionizing radiation, Using electricity safely.

 

Careers, Advice, Information & Guidance Links

Sound engineer, communications, electrician and electrical engineer.

 

Home Learning this Term

Learn key terms: amplitude, frequency, wavelength, period and other words to describe waves. The details of the required practical should be learned: (Measuring the speed of) Waves, Light, Radiation and Absorption, Resistance, I-V characteristics. Use this link: http://www.aqa.org.uk/resources/science/gcse/teach/practicals

 

 

Spring Term

Topic
Overview

P7 Magnetism and Electromagnetism

  • Permanent and induced magnetism

  • Electromagnetism

  • The motor effect

  • Electric motors

P4 atomic Structure

  • The model of the atom
  • Isotopes and Nuclear radiation
  • Nuclear Equations
  • Half-life
  • Irradiation and contamination

 

Social, Moral, Spiritual & Cultural and British Values Links

The uses for and harmful effects of nuclear radiation. Carbon dating and the age of the Earth.

 

Careers, Advice, Information & Guidance Links

Mechanical and electrical engineering, radiation physicist and medical physics.

 

Home Learning this Term

Learn how to describe the operation of various electromagnetic devices. Calculations involving half-life: using graphs and data.

 

 

 

Summer Term

Topic
Overview

Exam Preparation

  • Revision of course material required for GCSE exam

 

Home Learning this Term

AQA Past papers for P1, P2 and P3 are all relevant, together with their markschemes. Students should be making frequent use of their revision guides. A list of equations must be learned (see page 95 of the specification at: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/physics-8463). Some equations will be given (page96) Practice calculations will be set.

 

 

Year 11 physics Summary

Assessment by external exam

Paper 1 - What’s assessed

Topics 1 – 4: Energy; Electricity; Particle model of matter; and Atomic structure.

 

How it’s assessed

    • Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes
    • Foundation or Higher Tier
    • 100 marks
    • 50% of GCSE

Questions: Multiple choice, structured, closed short answer and open response.

 

Paper 2 - What’s assessed

Topics 5 – 8: Forces; Waves; Magnetism and electromagnetism; and Space physics. Questions in Paper 2 may draw on an understanding of energy changes and transfers due to heating, mechanical and electrical work and the concept of energy conservation from Energy and Electricity.

 

How it’s assessed

    • Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes
    • Foundation or Higher Tier
    • 100 marks
    • 50 % of GCSE

Questions: Multiple choice, structured, closed short answer and open response.

 

 

 

 

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