Physics

The fundamentals of Physics are the building block on which the world functions.  As a subject it can inspire awe in the world around, explain the phenomena we see every day and for some, provide an amazing career in one of a huge number of possible fields.

The Physics Department at Royal Russell is composed of specialist teachers who love to share their enthusiasm and passion for the subject and a dedicated full-time laboratory technician.

Physics as a seperate subject starts in Year 9, with Physics topics making up part of the Years 7 and 8 science curriculum.  We are a          well-resourced department with a wide-range of practical equipment.

At the beginning of Year 10, pupils follow one of two pathways.  The decision as to which is the most appropriate pathway is based mainly on the result of exams at the end of Year 9:

IGCSE

All pupils study Physics from Years 9 to 11.  Physics is taught as a separate subject by a specialist Physics teacher. 

The IGCSE Physics course covers a broad range of topics.  Most pupils will follow the Edexcel IGCSE and will be entered as a triple candidate (receiving three seperate qualifications for each of the three sciences) or a double candidate (receiving two qualifications from combining the exam results from all three sciences).

The IGCSE provides the scientific rigor that will interest, challenge and prepare pupils for Science at A level in Years 12 and 13 and beyond.

Please click here to find out more about our GCSE options. 

A Level

Physics is not only a fascinating subject, but is an excellent vehicle for developing a wide range of skills including problem solving, mathematical manipulation, research and independent working.  Both the material and the skill set are incredibly valuable for a large number of areas which pupils may go on to study or work in.

Please click here to find out more about our A level course. 

Enrichment and Co-Curricular

As well as being able to study Physics at IGCSE or A level, pupils can also join the STEM or the Problem Solving Challenge Club.  It is a fantastic opportunity to apply thinking skills to new situations and conduct experiments into finding a solution to a given problem.  Pupils may also get to take part in the annual interschool problem solving competition, competing in groups of six against pupils from other local schools.

The Department also organises a number of different trips and stand-alone activities throughout the year including CERN for Sixth Form, The Big Bang Science Fair and lectures at major universities.

Physics in the Snow

This week a group of our Year 12 Physics students, along with a few lucky Year 9s, took full advantage of the weather for an impromptu field trip to the Quad.

Year 12s are currently studying material science and fluid dynamics and were able to see the application of their knowledge as the snow perfectly showed the movement of the air as it swirled around the site.

The students saw examples of laminar flow with the slow flakes clearly showing the different speeds of the layers inside the flow. They also saw turbulent flow with eddies and vortices forming particularly where the snow was diffracted around the edges of the buildings.

Year 8 Materials Topic

Year 8 have been learning about eco housing. 

Ethan Edney, St Andrew’s and Shiraz Kirmani, Oxford completed an excellent project on Sustainable Eco Houses for the Materials topic.