Is light a particle or a wave? How does echolocation work? How do we know what a star is made up of? These and many other mysteries are revealed and explained in the girls’ studies of physics. Teachers are always open to conversation arising naturally from pupils’ questions. This helps direct the pupil’s attention to the operation of the laws of physics and encourages natural wonderment and enquiry. Mankind’s responsibilities arising from the possession of scientific knowledge are also considered and topics such as the use of x-rays and nuclear power lend themselves to lively, thoughtful debate as do the unanswerable questions: what happened before the Big Bang or what is infinity?
In Year 7, physics is taught as part of the general science course. In Year 8, physics is taught as a separate subject. The curriculum has an enquiry-centred, hands-on approach with opportunities to design and build a variety of projects. This engineering side of physics is further extended with our in-school STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) club and workshop days, where students work in teams to design and build such projects as bridges, powered gliders, wind turbines and crash-proof cars.