Thursday 22 February 2018

Forces, sound, light and space - the essential building blocks that give us the basics of the complex but fascinating world of Physics. At Westbourne we aim to make Physics an accessible and interesting subject for all pupils and to ensure each is able to make positive progress. Challenging and interesting courses encourage our students to think imaginatively about Physics and our girls and boys are actively involved in all stages of the learning curve and are provided with support and encouragement to help them develop the tools for learning through Physics. We also provide opportunities to develop the skills necessary to apply their knowledge and understanding of Physics to life outside the classroom.

What will I learn?

Pupils follow the AQA KS3 syllabus for Physics, which equips them with the basic knowledge and concepts required to study the subject in more detail at GCSE.  The broad progression of topics covered is as follows;

Year 7





Year 8




Motion and pressure

Year 9

Pupils commence the GCSE syllabus, working through topics as follows;



Particle model of matter

Atomic structure



Magnetism and electromagnetism

Space physics


Science Department Annual school trips, visits, field work and other activities

Pupils are encouraged to engage with their subject, and are helped to bring it into context, with the use of practical demonstrations, field work in the local area, and organised events both in and out of school.  Popular events include;

Forensics day

This is a very popular annual day in school where, with the help of a visiting Forensic Scientist, the pupils use their skills to solve a challenging crime scene. 

Pupils from Year 8 investigate an aggravated burglary (staged by SC-High Quality Science Events) in school. There are three potential suspects and pupils are divided into two groups; SOCO’s (Scene of Crime Officer’s) and Forensics Scientists. The SOCO’s examine the crime scene (Biology lab) in white suits, masks, and gloves under the watchful eye of Mr Jon Bates while the Forensics Scientists carry out the laboratory work. Pupils use blood pattern, fingerprint, and handwriting analysis as well as paper chromatography and physical fit evidence to identify the suspect. The session ends with a re-enactment of a trial in order to decide if the suspect is guilty or not.


Science Live

The aim of this day out at Sheffield City Hall is to show pupils that science can offer solutions for many of the world’s problems as well as to give them practical advice on examination success.

In 2017 the speakers;

Professor Alice Roberts (Clinical anatomist/radio and TV presenter/author)

Professor Dave Cliff (Research scientist in computers)

Professor Kate Lancaster (Research into nuclear fission)

Professor Lord Robert Winston (Medical science/human fertility/TV presenter/author)

Professor Jim Al-Khalili (Physics/radio and TV presenter/author)

Stewart Chenery (Science examiner)


The Big Bang

Each March Year 10 attend The Big Bang UK Young Scientists and Engineers Fair at the NEC in Birmingham. The Big Bang Fair is the largest celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths for young people in the UK. It offers a unique opportunity for pupils to interact with and understand, at first hand, how they can make an impact on the world. Through practical and fun activities, they can see where their classroom subjects could lead. They will also be encouraged to ask about everything from the first principles of physics to how to go about applying for apprenticeships, jobs or university courses.