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Physics

Overview of the Science Department

Science at Haberdashers’ Aske’s Crayford Academy is a large department which has an extremely broad range of experience in numerous Science disciplines. We are working collaboratively to provide the best quality Science education for our young people, to ensure we stay abreast of the latest scientific innovation and teaching practises and develop beginning teachers to tier full potential. We strive to include as much practical work as possible in the education we deliver so that students receive a hands-on approach to learning.

Meet the Science teachers

Name Role About them 
Mr Marrill Curriculum Director of Science Mr Marrill has been teaching for 17 years and has recent joined Haberdashers Crayford this year. Despite being a biologist, he has a passion for fireworks. 
Dr Nisi 2 i/c Science and Head of Physics Dr Nisi is an experienced physics teacher and has been at the school for 2 years.
Ms Elliott Head of Biology Ms Elliott has recently started at Crayford. She has a completed a degree Physiology and Biochemistry. She is incredibly passionate about Neuroscience.
Ms Elmi Lead Practitioner/ITT Coordinator Ms Elmi has been at the school for almost 5 years and has completed a Biomedical Science degree. She teaches Psychology as well as Science and is passionate about Microbiology.
Ms Sojinrin Assistant Principal Ms Sojinrin teaches Chemistry, she has been in Haberdashers since 2017. She studied Biochemistry at university and enjoys sampling good food in her spare time. 
Ms Akinyemi Science Teacher Ms Akinyemi has been at the school for 3 years and completed her degree in Chemistry. She is extremely passionate about all things Chemistry. 
Mr McCormack Science Teacher & Head of House Mr McCormack completed a bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Science before specialising with a master’s degree in Cancer Biology. He then went on to work in the cancer research industry (focused on cervical cancer) before becoming a teacher. Mr McCormack has been at HACA for 2 years and co-ordinates the Applied Science BTEC. He is passionate about medical sciences and neuroscience. 
Ms Smith Science Teacher Ms Smith has been a science teacher at physics for 3 years. She has a degree in physics. She is passionate about climate change and astronomy.
Mr Alomoge Science Teacher & Head of Year 10 Mr Alomoge has been teaching for almost 14 years and joined Haberdashers’ Crayford in 2017. He has a degree in Biochemistry and a masters in pharmaceutical sciences. Mr Alomoge's passion is Chemistry. 
Ms Stanhope Science Teacher Ms Stanhope has been teaching for 9 years and has a degree in Chemistry from the University of York. Her favourite Scientist is Dorothy Hodgkin who used X-Ray diffraction to determine the structure of Penicillin.
Ms Middlemiss Science Teacher Head of Year 8 Ms Middlemiss teaches both Science and Design technology, her passion is Biology.
Mr Arthur Science Teacher Mr Arthur joined Crayford Academy in September 2020. He's been teaching all three sciences for 24 years and obtained his degree in Applied and Human Biology at the University of Aston in Birmingham.
Ms Sullivan Science Teacher and Lead Teacher in Child Development Ms Sullivan joined the Academy four years ago as a PE and Science teacher and has since stepped into the role of Lead Teacher of Child Development. She studied Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Brighton and is passionate about how young people grow, learn and develop.
Ms Mackay Science Teacher & Head of Health and Social Care Ms Mackay has been at HACA for almost 7 years and has a degree in Psychology. She is Head of Health and Social Care as well as teaching Science and is passionate about mental health in young people. 
Ms Vitalino   Trainee Science Teacher Ms Vitalino completed a Masters degree in Chemistry and has recently joined the academy. She is eager to help students apply scientific knowledge to everyday life. She also has a particular interest in computational chemistry and the application of developing technology in modern day science.
Ms O’Reilly Trainee Science Teacher Ms O'Reilly has recently joined Haberdashers Crayford. She has completed a degree in Neuroscience and is passionate about the nervous system and human biology. 

Curriculum Statement

Key Stage 3

KS3 Physics begins by introducing the new Year 7 students to the secondary science laboratory with a cross curricular focus on lab safety and building basic skills which the students will utilise throughout their time in the Science laboratory. Having completed this introductory course students move on to learning the fundamental foundations of Physics building on concepts such as Seasonal Changes, Light, Forces and Magnets, States of Matter, Sound, Electricity and Earth and Space that were studies at KS1 and 2. A basic grounding in the topics of forces, sound, light and space introduces the students to concepts that they will both utilise throughout their studies and develops awe and wonder as students marvel at the sheer size and complexity of the universe developing their knowledge beyond that of the classroom, their home town, country, planet, solar system and beyond.  

Students move on to study more fundamental concepts in year 8 developing literacy, numeracy and practical skills that they acquired in year 7 and continuing to deepen knowledge and understanding in topics such as electricity and magnetism, energy, motion and finally looking at new developments and technology in Physics before beginning their GCSE studies in year 9.  

View our Key Stage 3 Physics Curriculum Map 

Key Stage 4

Once students begin their GCSE Studies the curriculum continues to spiral taking the students on a deeper journey into the topics of energy, forces and motion, waves and light.  

GCSE Physics take students on a journey throughout the universe. Whilst studying individual topics throughout their Physics GCSE students will constantly revisit the fundamentals in Physics such as using and manipulating equations, the use of SI units and converting between units and using significant figures and standard form. The students’ individual journeys through the world of physics will require them to become accomplished Mathematicians as well as outstanding Physicists. 

 

View our Key Stage 4 Physics Curriculum Map 

Key Stage 5

 

A-level Physics is a facilitating subject that will allow students access to a broad range of careers and university courses. AQA Physics takes the students on a journey, from learning about the smallest particles to how we can explore space. Students will be able to explain how we’ve come to understand what is beyond our everyday perception. A-level Physics is an introduction to important ideas that will develop critical thinking, reasoning, logic and Maths. 

View our Key Stage 5 Physics Curriculum Map

What qualifications can be gained?  

GCSE: Combined Science

GCSE: Physics (when taken along side Biology and Chemistry as part of the Separate Science course.

A-Level Physics

How does Physics prepare students for the next stage of their education or employment?  

GCSE Physics leads into A-Level Physics

Students that study A-Level Physics can progress to an undergraduate degree in several disciplines within Physics.

Physics graduates can enter fields such as:

  • Astronaut -Astronauts fly spacecraft or work as part of the crew.

  • Astronomer -Astronomers use a wide range of scientific techniques to study the universe and its origins.

  • Civil engineer -Civil engineers design and manage a wide variety of construction projects.

  • Geoscientist -Geoscientists study the structure of the  - Earth and how it was formed over time.

  • Geotechnician- Geotechnicians work with geoscientists to collect and analyse data from soil, rocks and water.

  • Medical physicist -Medical physicists research and develop techniques and equipment used to diagnose and treat illness.

  • Nuclear engineer -Nuclear engineers are responsible for the safe and productive running of nuclear power stations.

  • Oceanographer -Oceanographers use knowledge of biology, chemistry, physics and geology to study seas and oceans.

  • Palaeontologist -Palaeontologists study the remains, or fossils, of plants and animals.

  • Pathologist -Pathologists diagnose disease by examining cells, tissue samples, and sometimes performing autopsies

  • Physicist -Physicists study the natural universe and try to uncover why objects exist and behave as they do.

More Information

More information about our curriculum can be found by looking at our curriculum overviews