Physical Sciences

Physical Sciences 2019-05-27T09:06:22+02:00

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Staff

Physical Sciences Grades 10 – 12

Subject Head
Carla Barclay: BSc, HDE (UPE)
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Anton Scholtz: BSc, HDE (Stell)
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Carl Snyman: BEd (FET) Mathematics and Physical Sciences (NMMU), PDBA (NMU)
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Natural Sciences (Grade 9)

Carla Barclay: BSc, HDE (UPE)
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Carl Snyman: BEd (FET) Mathematics and Physical Sciences (NMMU), PDBA (NMU)
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Christoper Townsin: MSc (Chemistry), HDE (UPE), Dip Bus Man (Damelin)
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Esté Bezuidenhout: BSc (Stell), PGCE (Cum Laude) (Rhodes)
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Overview

The subject Physical Sciences focuses on the investigation of physical and chemical phenomenon through scientific inquiry. Scientific models, laws and theories are used to explain and predict what is observed in our physical environment.

Purpose

The study of Physical Sciences at Grey High School aims to develop the natural interest that learners have in investigating the world around them. The Learning Outcomes guide the teaching of this subject and places emphasis on what the learners should be able to do. The Learning Outcomes are briefly outlined below:

Learning Outcome 1:

Practical Scientific Inquiry and Problem-Solving Skills: The student is able to use process skills, critical thinking, scientific reasoning and strategies to investigate and solve problems in a variety of scientific, technological, environmental and everyday contexts. Process skills are emphasized.

Learning Outcome 2:

Constructing and Applying Scientific Knowledge: The student is able to state, explain, interpret and evaluate scientific and technical knowledge and can apply it in everyday contexts. Acquisition and development of knowledge is emphasized.

Learning Outcome 3:

The Nature of Science and its Relationship to Technology, Society and the Environment: The student is able to identify and critically evaluate scientific knowledge claims and the impact of this knowledge on the quality of socio-economic, environmental and human development. The development of responsible attitudes and values is emphasized.

Brief Policy

With the study of Physical Sciences in Grades 10–12, we aim to achieve the following:

  • To inculcate a love for the Physical Sciences in our students and to show its relevance in their life and world;
  • To provide opportunities for students:
  • To develop scientific and creative thinking,
  • To analyse and evaluate data, formulate hypotheses, suggest testing procedures,
  • To develop communication skills whereby they can express themselves accurately and confidently in a scientific context, to develop a respect for the environment and the need to preserve it;
  • To instil in students a strong sense of responsibility and sound work ethic, respect for self and others so that a stable and effective learning environment may be created in our classrooms or laboratories;
  • To produce students who, should they choose to do so, would be capable, well-prepared and confident in pursuing studies of the Physical Sciences at tertiary level.

Academically:

  • To expand on the foundations developed in the General Education and Training band in the Natural Sciences;
  • To develop an understanding of Physical Sciences based on the principles of conceptual progression (whereby concepts are introduced in one grade, and then expanded on and developed further in successive grades) and conceptual coherence (whereby links between various topics and also subjects are explored);
  • To develop a programme of year-long assessment which is in line with the assessment standards criteria as per outlined in the National Curriculum Statement, and which will enable the Physical Sciences Department to assess and report on students in a way which is fair and will serve to reflect their efforts and abilities in an authentic and meaningful manner

Homework

The department philosophy is that a smaller volume of well-selected homework, properly done and thoroughly marked is more beneficial than a greater volume which is rushed, poorly done or not completed. However, students need to be aware that this subject demands regular and consistent effort: should there be no formal homework set for a particular day, it is absolutely essential that the student consolidates any content covered on that day, or previous days, as a method of on-going revision.

Grade 9 Information (Natural Sciences)

Curriculum

Matter and Materials

Chemical Change

Electricity: Electrostatics and Electric Circuits

Mechanics

Tests and Forms of Assessment: Grade 9

A. TASK DATE
1. Practical Tasks/Investigations (x 4) Terms 1, 2, 3 & 4
2. Controlled Tests (x 3) Terms 1, 2 & 3
3. Project Term 4
4. Internal May – June examinations Mid – year
5. Final Examination November

Textbooks/ Workbooks

Pupils purchase a workbook from school and are supplied with supplementary notes.

Natural Science Grade 9, (A. Olivier). Amaniyah Publishers

Grade 10 Information

Curriculum

Mechanics (18,75%)

Vectors and Scalars
Motion in One Direction
Gravity and Mechanical Energy

Waves, Sound and Light (10%)

Transverse Pulses
Transverse Waves
Longitudinal Waves and Sound
Electromagnetic Radiation

Electricity and Magnetism (8,75%)

Magnetism
Electrostatics
Electric Circuits

Matter and Materials (17,50%)

Observing, classifying and using materials – a macroscopic view
States of Matter and the Kinetic Molecular Theory
Periodic Table
Chemical Bonding
Particles substances are made of

Chemical Change (15%)

Physical and Chemical Change
Reactions in Aqueous Solutions
Quantitative Aspects of Chemical Change

Chemical Systems (5%)

The Hydrosphere

Tests and Forms of Assessment: Grade 10

A. TASKS DATE
1. Practical Tasks (x 2) Terms 1 & 2
2. Controlled Tests (x 2 ) Terms 1 & 3
3. Research Project Term 3
4. Internal June examinations Mid – year
5. Examination (Paper 1 and Paper 2 External) November

Examinations

Mid-year Examinations are internally set and marked.

November Examinations are external national papers.

Textbooks

Pupils purchase a workbook from school to be retained throughout the three year senior phase.

Mind Action Series: Physical Sciences 10 Textbook and Workbook, (S. Crossman). Allcopy Publishers

Grade 11 Information

Curriculum

Mechanics (16,87%)
Vectors in Two Dimensions
Newton’s Law and Applications

Waves, Sound and Light (8,13%)

Geometric Optics
2D and 3D Wavefronts

Electricity and Magnetism (12,5%)

Electrostatics
Electromagnetism
Electric Circuits

Matter and Materials (15%)

Atomic Combinations and Molecular Structure
Intermolecular Forces
Ideal Gases and Thermal Properties

Chemical Change (17,50%)

Energy and Chemical Change
Type of Reactions
Quantitative Aspects of Chemical Change

Chemical Systems (5%)

Exploiting the Lithosphere or Earth’s Crust

Tests and Forms of Assessment: Grade 11

A. TASK DATE
1. Practical Tasks (x 2) Terms 1 & 2
2. Controlled Tests (x 2) Terms 1 & 3
3. Project Term 3
4. Internal June examinations Mid – year
5. Examination (Paper 1 and Paper 2 External) November

Examinations

Mid-year Examinations are internally set and marked.
November Examinations are external provincial papers.

Textbooks

Pupils purchase a workbook from school to be retained throughout the senior phase.

Mind Action Series: Physical Sciences 11 Textbook and Workbook, (M. Mann). Allcopy Publishers

Grade 12 Information

Curriculum

Mechanics (17,50%)

Momentum and Impulse
Vertical Projectile Motion in 1D
Work, Energy and Power

Waves, Sound and Light (3,75%)

Doppler Effect

Electricity and Magnetism (7,50%)

Electric Circuits
Electrodynamic

Matter and Materials (11,50 % Chemistry and 3,75% Physics)

Optical phenomena and properties of materials
Organic molecules
Organic macromolecules

Chemical Change (17,50%)

Rate and Extent of Reaction
Chemical Equilibrium
Acids and Bases
Electrochemical Reactions

Chemical Systems (3,50%)

Chemical Industry: Fertilisers

Tests and Forms of Assessment: Grade 12

A. TASK DATE
1. Practical Tasks (x 3) Terms 1, 2 & 3
2. Controlled Tests (x 1) Terms 1
3. Research Project Term 3
4. Internal June examinations (Paper 1 and Paper 2) Mid – year
5. Trial Examination (External: Provincial) Term 3
6. November Examination (External: National) November

Examinations

Outcomes: Covering all LO’s with emphasis on LO’S 1 & 2

Mid-year Examinations are internally set and marked

External assessment in Grade 12: Trial and Final Examinations

Textbooks

Pupils purchase a workbook from the school.

Mind Action Series: Physical Sciences 12 Textbook and Workbook, (M. Mann). Allcopy Publishers

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