Physical Science

Physical Science introduces boys to investigative thought processes, mathematical problems, abstract thought and advanced problem-solving. It has theoretical and practical components.

This subject is comprised of both Chemistry and Physics. It covers a very broad range of topics within these two learning areas.

Who should opt for this subject?

Physical Science is an academically demanding subject. It requires a strong mathematical background, an enquiring mind, an ability for problem-solving and a rigorous work ethic. It is ideal for the academically able boy who has an interest in Chemistry and Physics. It is strongly advised that if a boy does not achieve a solid C for Maths at the end of Grade 9, then he should not choose this subject.

Outline of the curriculum

In Forms 4 to 6 (Grades 10-12), the same knowledge areas are studied but the level is increased as the years proceed. These knowledge areas include:

  • Mechanics
  • Chemical Change
  • Waves, Sound and Light
  • Matter & Materials
  • Chemical Systems
  • Electricity
  • Magnetism

How are the needs of boys with different academic abilities facilitated?

The more able boys are challenged through projects which extend the curriculum, such as the Minquiz, and through participation in the Olympiad and Expo.

Boys who experience difficulties in certain sections may attend additional lessons.

Assessment

Internal assessment tasks (SBA) consist of written tasks, practical work, projects, tests and exams. In Forms 4 and 5 (Grades 10 & 11), the assessments for the terms and June Exam count 25% and the final exam counts 75%. In Form 6 (Grade 12), the internal assessment counts 25% and the final matric exam counts 75%. For exams, two papers are written: one on Chemistry and one on Physics.