Physics

Physics postersStaff
Jo Frater
Chad Harrison

Ethos
Physics is an important and relevant subject to everyday life and we aim to pass on our enthusiasm for this by delivering interesting and motivating learning experiences. We aim to provide a blend of excellent direct teaching and active learning.  We make use of formative assessment techniques and involve students in the assessment of their work and that of their peers. We also use ICT in every lesson in the form of specially written interactive SMART boards activities. We are currently developing our skills with iPads with a view to incorporating these exciting new devices into our lessons.

Major Achievements
Many students choose to continue to study Physics in S3 and beyond to University level. Indeed one of our former students is now studying Physics at Oxford University.

Balloon RocketsResources
Practical work is the basis of scientific study and we have 8 modern and well equipped laboratories that students work in. All laboratories are equipped with interactive whiteboards and a computer. Experimental work is backed up by textbooks and other resources, many of which have been written by our own staff, to really focus on helping students progress in their learning and be successful in their exams.

Supported study is available at lunchtime and after school for any student who requires it.

Our school science technician is invaluable in providing support for all the practical work that is carried out.

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Using photoluminescent chemicals to make glowing drawings!

Courses
S4-6: Students can study either National 4 or National 5 Physics. The topics include Electricity and Energy, Dynamics and Space and Waves and Radiation.
S5-6: Students can study Higher Physics
S6: Students can study Advanced Higher Physics.

Art & Design Qualifications Summarised by National Parent Forum of Scotland…
National 4 Physics
National 5 Physics
Higher Physics

Extra Curricular Activities
Mr Harrison is involved in surfing, climbing and the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme.

3D ModelIn 2013-14 and 2014-15 we entered a senior team into the EES (Engineering Education Scheme) event. The teams designed and made a Laser Transportation System and a Doppler Speed Camera and their entries were highly commended.