Physics involves investigating phenomena in the natural world, and is one of the most dynamic Science disciplines there is. The aims of the department are to make pupils more aware of the physical world and the energy and forces associated with it and to enable pupils to make informed opinions on topical science issues both now and in the future.
Physics taught in Senior 1 and Senior 2 provides a range of different contexts for learning and embraces the principles and practices of a Curriculum for Excellence. From Senior 3, pupils commence the study of SQA qualifications and are currently presented at National 4, National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher Levels. Pupils following these courses will acquire Knowledge and Understanding of Physics and its uses. They will also develop skills in Problem Solving and in Practical Abilities by carrying out investigations and interpreting the results.
We are also involved in various extra-curricular projects in the Physics Department. Our Advanced Higher classes enjoy Laboratory work at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, there is a cross-year Astronomy Club using the Faulkes Telescopes in Hawaii & Australia, in conjunction with Cardiff University, and the School has been Scottish & UK Champions in the prestigious Toyota Technology Challenge.
It is very important to us that the pupils’ experiences in Physics are enjoyable. Physics is a lively, dynamic Science, and we always try to ensure that Physics is vibrant, engaging, relevant and FUN!