The Physics department at JAGS aims to increase the girls' awareness of the physical principles that govern the world in which we live.
JAGS girls have curiosity about the laws of nature which are evident all around us. During physics lessons, girls are encouraged to develop understanding of these laws. They do this through enquiry, discussion, observation and experimentation guided through the instruction of their teachers. All courses make significant use of practical work.
Our fundamental objective during Years 7-8 is to promote and enhance their natural inquisitiveness. We aim to take Physics 'out of the Lab' and 'into the street' so that the girls don't just see their Physics topics as an academic exercise but as a foundation for a clearer understanding of their everyday lives.
In Years 9, 10 and 11 we follow the AQA GCSE course. The girls begin to acquire a strong basic understanding of the interactions that govern the world in which we live. Physics study allows them to 'see' the world as a giant jigsaw where all parts fit together, from the very big (astrophysics) to the very small (particle physics).
In the sixth form we follow the A level AQA Physics course. Alongside a natural increase in academic rigour, we aim to take full advantage of the interest and enthusiasm shown by those who have chosen to study Physics to a higher level. An even greater emphasis is now put on enquiry, discussion and practical investigation. Mathematical modelling of many ideas becomes more routine.
Girls are encouraged to apply for and attend study days and other experiences outside school where they are introduced to different areas of physics-related study, particularly Engineering and Materials Science, as well as Physics itself. The increasing profile of these dynamic areas has helped to build the significant numbers of JAGS girls who gain places at the top universities to study the subjects at degree level.