KS4 Curriculum Guide - Year 10 Physics
Term 1P7 Magnestism and Electromagnetism 
Electromagnetic effects are used in a wide variety of devices. Engineers make use of the fact that a magnet moving in a coil can produce electric current and also that when current flows around a magnet it can produce movement. It means that systems that involve control or communications can take full advantage of this.
Assessment: There will be an mid term written or practical task that will be peer or self assessed plus an end of term assessment using past exam questions to be completed under exam conditions and assessed by the teacher.Key Words and Terms
 
Term 2P3 Particle model of matter & P4 Atomic Structure 
Students will consider the particle model which is widely used to predict the behaviour of solids, liquids and gases and this has many applications in everyday life. It helps us to explain a wide range of observations and engineers use these principles when designing vessels to withstand high pressures and temperatures, such as submarines and spacecraft. It also explains why it is difficult to make a good cup of tea high up a mountain! Ionising radiation is hazardous but can be very useful. Although radioactivity was discovered over a century ago, it took many nuclear physicists several decades to understand the structure of atoms, nuclear forces and stability. Early researchers suffered from their exposure to ionising radiation. Rules for radiological protection were first introduced in the 1930s and subsequently improved. Today radioactive materials are widely used in medicine, industry, agriculture and electrical power generation.
Assessment: There will be an mid term written or practical task that will be peer or self assessed plus an end of term assessment using past exam questions to be completed under exam conditions and assessed by the teacher.Key Words and Terms
 
Term 3P5 Forces Part 1 
Engineers analyse forces when designing a great variety of machines and instruments, from road bridges and fairground rides to atomic force microscopes. Anything mechanical can be analysed in this way. Recent developments in artificial limbs use the analysis of forces to make movement possible. 4.5.1 Forces and their interactions 4.5.2 Work done and energy transfer 4.5.3 Forces and elasticity 4.5.5 Pressure and pressure differences in fluids Required Practical: Investigate the relationship between force and extension for a spring Required Prac: Investigate the effect of varying the force on the acceleration of an object of constant mass. NOT including 4.5.4 Moments, levers and gears
Assessment: There will be an mid term written or practical task that will be peer or self assessed plus an end of term assessment using past exam questions to be completed under exam conditions and assessed by the teacher.Key Words and Terms
 
Term 4P5 Forces Part 2 
Engineers analyse forces when designing a great variety of machines and instruments, from road bridges and fairground rides to atomic force microscopes. Anything mechanical can be analysed in this way. Recent developments in artificial limbs use the analysis of forces to make movement possible. 4.5.6 Forces and motion 4.5.7 Momentum NOT including 4.5.7.3 Changes in momentum
Assessment: There will be an mid term written or practical task that will be peer or self assessed plus an end of term assessment using past exam questions to be completed under exam conditions and assessed by the teacher.Key Words and Terms
 
Term 5Revision
Pupils will review all learning from Year 9 and 10 in science to complete their end of year exams. This will entail a lot of intensive revision time and personal analysis before returning in Year 11.
Assessment: The 3 exams will be a set of past exam questions with around 100 marks available in each paper at either a Higher or a Foundation level. They should aim to answer one mark per minute. The questions will be a mixture of short answer and long answer questions, each worth 1-6 marks. Pupils we be expected to recall knowledge, describe and explain theories, complete calculations using memorised equations and apply their understanding to previously unknown data or scenarios.Key Words and Terms
 
Term 6End of Year Exam and Required Practical Skills  
Completion of End of Year Exam. After this it will be a chance to complete any Required Practicals that they need to complete. See Chemistry for Keywords for this term.
Assessment: Key Words and Terms
 

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