Physics

The dictionary definition of physics is “the study of matter, energy, and the interaction between them”, but what that really means is that physics is about asking fundamental questions and trying to answer them by observing and experimenting.

Physicists ask really big questions like:

  • How did the universe begin?
  • How does the Sun keep on shining?
  • What are the basic building blocks of matter?

If you think these questions are fascinating, then you’ll like physics.

At MGS, following the AQA course, students learn the principles that underlie the universe; from the subatomic scale to the universe as a whole.  The course encourages both mathematical rigour and a logical, problem solving mind set. The department has a wealth of teaching experience and at A level is an extremely popular option for students.

 

Departmental Staff

Mr RHR Williams MSc Head of Department  
Mr DG Martin Assistant Head (Curriculum)  
Mrs A Gazet BSc Teacher of Physics and Science  
Miss K Jefferson Teacher of Physics, Biology and Science  
Mrs L Kenyon Physics Technician  

 

Schemes of Work

KS3

Students study all three sciences by 1 or 2 teachers. In the Physics section they will look at energy, forces, light, sound, the solar system and more.

 

GCSE

We use the AQA specification. In year 9 students choose whether they wish end up with 2 GCSEs – in core and additional science or, with additional lessons, finish with three separate GCSEs in Physics, Biology and Chemistry. In Physics all students will study Energy, Electricity, Particles, Radioactivity, Forces, Waves and Magnetism. Our ‘triple’ students will have additional content as well as studying Space.    

 

A level

Students in year 12 study quantum effects, electricity, waves and mechanics. In their year 13 studies they continue with circular motion, fields, radioactivity and thermal physics. The option topic we currently follow is ‘Turning points in Physics’ which studies the key developments in modern physics which has led us to our current world-view, specifically the properties of the electron, wave particle duality and Einstein’s special relativity.