Greensteds International School
May 27, 2017
Physics

Welcome to the Physics Department page.

 

The Physics Department has moved into the 2014-15 academic year with no change of staff although Mr Martyn now teaches at A level only and Ms Thirika teaches all of the IGCSE classes in addition to some A level.

 

There was much to celebrate in the results of the May-June exam results of 2014. At A level there was a 100% pass rate and a general improvement over the same classes AS results. At AS there were some very high performers with one student, Farzana Huysman, scoring 100% over all three papers. Another student was not far behind with a total of 98.5% and a third also topped 90%. Such is the popularity of the subject that the incoming AS class is all but full as they attempt to emulate their predecessors.

 

For those AS students who want to improve their grades there is still an opportunity because we are studying the IAL course. This allows candidates to retake modules in any order both in January and May so there is no excuse for a low grade.

 

N Martyn

Deputy Head Academic

Greensteds International School, Kenya

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Studying Physics can sometimes seem a daunting challenge, but Greensteds teachers with considerable teaching experience and enthusiasm for the subject present the curriculum in a fun, interesting and relevant manner. There are frequent opportunities for practical investigations, extensions activities and trips to learn about the application of Physics.


For many students, studying Physics is a step towards a chosen career but for others it is studied in order to appreciate how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how the sciences contribute to the success of the economy and society.

 

IGCSE Physics provides students with a thorough knowledge of the subject, and develops understanding through the use of examples taken from a modern, everyday context. It also provides students with an international perspective to their studies. The CIE course is chosen because it offers a Foundation tier paper targeted at grades C-G and an Higher tier paper targeted at grades A*-C. This allows students of all abilities the opportunity to gain meaningful results.
 It also has a practical paper that promotes the application of Physics to real situations.


 Topics include:


·         Forces and motion


·         Electricity


·         Waves


·         Energy resources and energy transfer


·         Solids, liquids and gases


·         Magnetism and electromagnetism


·         Radioactivity and particles


Scheme of Assessment


The subject is assessed through a 40 minute multiple choice paper worth 30%, a one hour fifteen minute structured paper worth 50% and a one hour fifteen minutes practical paper worth 20%


Course Structure


The course is taught using a variety of teaching and learning practices including; electronic animations, interactive virtual experiments, practical investigations, questioning and logical argument, group work, presentations, problem solving, individual research and discussion. This methodology is intended to cater for students of all abilities and learning styles. 
Individual practical investigations are performed each term so as to help develop practical skills, paying attention to uncertainties, accuracy, technique, analysis, evaluation and communication.
 The course is an ideal preparation of further study at AS and A2 where a minimum C grade is essential.


CIE syllabus and resources link (2012 onwards):

http://www.cie.org.uk/qualifications/academic/middlesec/igcse/subject?assdef_id=879

 

At both levels the students develop a strong theoretical understanding and communication skills through teaching based on electronic animations, questioning and reasoning, group work, problem solving, presentations, individual research and discussion. Practical work is carried out in a well-equipped laboratory, where students gain plenty of hands-on experience.  Both theory and practical work is assessed internally on a regular basis with at least one exam style assessment each month.

Studying the subject to the full A-level is essential for students wishing to pursue piloting or degree courses in Engineering, Architecture or related areas. The AS-level is highly recommended for a wide range of Science based disciplines, including Medicine.

Scheme of Assessment

Most pupils sit three papers at the end of both Year Twelve and Thirteen but gifted pupils are eligible to sit one paper early in January. This arrangement reduces the exam load for the June session and provides opportunity for re-sitting individual papers if students wish to improve.

The table below outlines the scheme of assessment

Level

Unit

Unit Content

Duration

AS / A2 Weighting

GCE
 Weighting

AS

6PH01

Mechanics and Materials

1hr 30 mins

40%

20%

AS

6PH02

Waves, Electricity and Light

1hr 30 mins

40%

20%

AS

6PH07

Alternative to Practical

1 hr 20 mins

20%


10%


A2

6PH04

Further Mechanics, Fields and Particles

1hr 35 mins

 40%

20%

A2

6PH05

Oscillations, Thermal Physics, Nuclear Physics, Astrophysics and Cosmology

1 hr 35 mins

 40%

20%

A2

6PH08

Alternative to Practical

1 hr 20 mins

 20%

10%

 

 

The AS and A2 courses are designed to build on knowledge acquired at IGCSE and in earlier modules.

The teaching is covered in 7x45 minute lessons per week that allows sufficient time for revision and past paper practice prior to external exams.

 

 

 

Syllabus and resources link: http://www.edexcel.com/quals/gce/gce08/physics/Pages/default.aspx


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