KS4 Curriculum Guide - Year 10 Physics
Term 1P2 Electricity  
Students will consider information based on the following: Electric charge 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 fundamental property wide range of matter everywhere. Understanding 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 difference 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 microstructure of conductors, semiconductors 1930s and insulators makes it possible to design components and build electric circuits. Many circuits subsequently improved. Today radioactive materials are powered with mains electricity, but portable electrical devices must use batteries of some kind. Electrical power fills the modern world with artificial light and sound, information and entertainment, remote sensing and control. The fundamentals of electromagnetism were worked out by scientists of the 19th century. However, power stations, like all machines, have a limited lifetime. If we all continue to demand more electricity this means building new power stations in every generation. Electromagnetic effects are widely used in a wide variety of devices including electricity generators. medicine, industry, agriculture and electrical power generation.
Assessment: There will be an end of topic assessment using past exam questions to be completed under exam conditions and assessed by the teacher.Key Words and Terms
 
Term 2P7 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 end of topic 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 end of topic assessment.Key Words and Terms
 
Term 4P5 Forces Part 2 and revision for mock exam 
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 end of topic 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 6Consolidation of prior learning (+ P8 Space for Triple Students)  
Test data from previous units should be used to identify areas of underperformance.
Assessment: Key Words and Terms
 

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