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Ribston Hall High School

Ribston HallHigh School

Teachers: Mr S Millward, Ms S Hodges.


'With wisdom we explore, with courage we succeed'.

Key Stage 3

In Year 7 and 8 we aim to enthuse and inspire students into the world of Physics by covering the basic concepts in a fun and interesting manner. We want students to be engaged but also prepared for the GCSE topics that start in Year 9. The main topic areas are as follows:

Year 7

Space, earth, day/night, seasons, eclipses, the moon, solar system and planets. 
Electrical circuits basics, series and parallel circuits, current and charge, resistance.
Forces, types of forces, resultant forces, speed.

Year 8

Heating and cooling, conduction, convection, radiation and surfaces, energy, efficiency. 
Light, reflection, refraction, colours, speed of light.
Sound, how sound is produced and travels, speed of sound, ultrasound.
Magnets and electromagnets.

Key Stage 4

AQA GCSE Physics 

Year 9 

Forces, Newton's laws, motion, speed, velocity, acceleration, gravity and freefall. 
Waves, transverse and longitudinal waves, wavelength, frequency, amplitude, the wave equation, reflection, refraction, sound waves, seismic waves, electromagnetic spectrum.

Year 10

Electrical circuits, current, charge, potential difference, resistance, sensing circuits. 
Mains electricity, alternating and direct current, wiring plugs, electrical power and appliances, static and electric fields.
Energy types, conservation of energy, energy transfers, efficiency, thermal energy, specific heat capacity and latent heat, renewable and non renewable sources.
Atomic structure, radioactivity and nuclear physics, matter and density, pressure in solids and fluids.
Space physics, gravity and orbits, formation of stars and planets, lifecycle of stars, big bang theory, Doppler effect.

Year 11

Calculating forces, moments, stability, gears.
Light, lenses, refraction, colours, reflection. 
Electromagnetism, electromagnets, motor effect, motors, generators, transformers and national grid. 

Key Stage 5

A Level Physics

Although extremely challenging, studying Physics is very rewarding. It not only expands the subject knowledge to higher levels but helps gain important skills in mathematics and problem solving that are valued in many areas of industry and science. These skills are transferable to many careers, not just within Physics.

The main topic areas are as follows:

Forces and Motion

Electricity and Circuits, including Capacitors


Matter and Nuclear Physics


Gravity, Stars and Cosmology/Astrophysics

Electric and Magnetic Fields

Waves and Quantum Physics

Medical Physics



We regularly attend activities at GE Aviation Systems (near Cheltenham) to inspire and engage students into the world of Physics/Engineering and similar careers with their annual “Girls Get Set” events. Typically, they will embark on a project to design and build a robot to follow a set of instructions or course.

Although varying each year, we will be making links with universities to both visit them and also invite speakers into school to discuss research and careers in the Physical Sciences and Engineering.