Physics is a fascinating subject in its own right. Pupils love studying the key ideas of Forces, Energy, Space and the world around us.
It is also regarded as one of the 'facilitating' subjects by universities and employers, as it requires students to be creative, solve problems, work individually and in teams, to think about the world around them and to demonstrate high levels of numeracy. Any student who studies Physics at GCSE and beyond will find themselves in demand in the future, as well as having a great advantage in their understanding of their own world and the wider universe.
How do we teach Physics at The Abbey School?
Our course follows an exciting model which relates theories and ideas with practical investigations and new technology. There is support material for pupils to aid understanding and extension opportunities for pupils wishing to broaden their knowledge beyond the curriculum. We start the Edexcel IGCSE course in Upper IV with pupils sitting their IGCSE exams in Upper V. There is ample time to gain the knowledge and practical skills which are tested in these exams. In Sixth Form girls may take the OCR 'A' A-level qualification, or choose Physics as an IB subject. Enhancement and extension activities are provided for all girls of all ages - these include Engineering and STEM days, visits to CERN in Geneva, CREST awards, Physics Masterclasses at Oxford, and the highly competitive Physics Olympiad competition.
The A Level Physics students visited the world's largest fusion experimental facility JET and MAST at Culham Science Centre. Pupil Bethan said, 'We all found the visit extremely interesting and very relevant to what we have been studying in lessons’.