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Physics CGSE
Specification: Edexcel

In Physics, there are 5 overarching areas: Forces and Motion, Energy, Atoms, Waves, and Electricity. In Year 9, the topics are short to provide a foundation for further years. The topics are continued in Years 10 and 11, as part of a ‘spiralling curriculum’. From Year 9 onwards, the material is GCSE standard and all lessons are taught by specialist teachers. The lessons contain practicals when possible so experimental and analytical skills can be developed, as well as the mathematical techniques essential for success in the subject.

Year 9 - Pupils receive two hours a fortnight for each of the three sciences.

Topic 1 (Sep-Oct)
The kinetic theory model
Topic 2 (Oct-Nov)
Electricity 1
Topic 3 (Dec-Jan)
Motion
  • Kinetic theory explaining solids liquids and gases
  • Pressure
  • Absolute zero
  • Density
  • Electric current
  • Series and parallel circuits
  • Potential difference
  • Resistance
  • Ohm’s Law
  • The speed equation
  • Distance-time graphs
  • Vectors
  • Acceleration
  • Velocity-time graphs
Topic 4 (Jan-March)
Springs
Topic 5 (March-May)
Force Fields
Topic 6 (June-July)
Energy
  • Stretching springs
  • Hooke’s Law
  • Stretching rubber
  • Work done
  • Energy stored
  • Magnetism
  • Electromagnetism
  • Gravity
  • Friction
  • Types of energy
  • Renewable resources
  • Non-renewable resources
  • Efficiency

Year 10 - Pupils receive three hours a fortnight.

Topic 1 (Sep-Oct)
Motion 1
Topic 2 (Oct-Nov)
Motion 2
Topic 3 (Dec-Jan)
Electricity 2
  • Acceleration
  • Forces
  • Newton’s Laws of motion
  • Stopping distances
  • Momentum
  • Work and power
  • Kinetic energy
  • Current, resistance and potential difference
  • Charge and energy
  • LDRs and diodes
  • Electrical safety
Topic 4 (Jan-March)
Waves
Topic 5 (March-May)
Radioactivity 1
Topic 6 (June-July)
Electricity 3
  • Wave basics
  • Refraction
  • Ears and hearing
  • Ultrasound
  • Infrasound
  • The EM spectrum
  • Atoms
  • Alpha, beta and gamma
  • Background
  • Half-life
  • Nuclear equations
  • Rutherford’s experiment
  • Charges
  • Static
  • Dangers and uses of static
  • Electric fields

Year 11 - Pupils receive four hours a fortnight.

Topic 1 (Sep)
Astronomy
Topic 2 (Oct)
Radioactivity 2
Topic 3 (Nov-Dec)
Magnetism
  • The solar system
  • Gravity and orbits
  • Life cycle of stars
  • Red shift
  • Origin of the Universe
  • Radioactivity in medicine
  • Nuclear energy
  • Nuclear fission
  • Nuclear fusion
  • Magnetic fields
  • The motor effect
  • Electromagnetic induction
  • Transformer
  • The National Grid
Topic 4 (Jan-Feb)
Forces and their effects
Topic 5 (Feb-Apr)
The particle model
Apr-May
Revision
  • Forces
  • Vectors
  • Rotational forces
  • Changes of state
  • Energy calculations
  • Gas and fluid pressure
  • Upthrust
 




Also see related pages: Curriculum and Prospectus