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 and students in S3 upwards use their iPads to enhance their learning experiences.

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 on Monday lunchtime (Room T009) and Tuesday & Thursday 3.30 pm- 4.30 pm (Room T001)

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.

Detailed Senior Phase Course Information
N4 Physics Course information 2018-19
N5 Physics Course information 2018-19
H Physics Course information 2018-19
AH Physics Course information

N4 Environmental Science Course information 2018-19
SCQF level 5 Skills for Work Laboratory Science
The Scottish Baccalaureate in Science Course information 2018-19

Extra Curricular Activities
Mr Harrison is involved in surfing, climbing and the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme.
Ms Frater is involved in all things STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths), including a STEM Club for S1-3 students on Thursday lunchtimes.

3D ModelSince 2013 we have entered a senior team into the EES (Engineering Education Scheme) event. Some of the projects have included designing and making a Laser Transportation System and a Doppler Speed Camera and entries are always highly commended.
Further information is available on EDT’s website: http://www.etrust.org.uk/ees/about-ees