Physical Sciences Details
The Physical Sciences challenge, enthral and satisfy the curiosity of the current generation of teenagers. Students are taught in modules by the members of the science Department, cover three week blocks that cover the various component of the science curriculum. They are also allowed to choose two short elective modules during the year, where they may choose to learn about topics that go beyond the syllabus, such as astronomy, the science of cooking, computation physics and quantum mechanics. In their matric year, the students are assigned to a teacher’s class, as they focus their preparation for their final exams. Throughout the year, all science students sit in on lectures by outside experts in fields such as forensics and space weather.
The facilities available for our boys to learn Science are modern and cutting edge, and practical work forms a large part of the curriculum, allowing learners to enhance their understanding of scientific concepts. Our boys leave Wynberg extremely well equipped to tackle the sciences at university level.
Our newly formed Space Society helps students that are interested in topics in astronomy and space exploration get to attend courses as meet top experts in their fields.
A Word from the Head of Physics
Mr Graham James
Physical sciences provide the foundation for students to ask the big questions about the nature of the universe, from the scale of atoms and quarks all the way up to our own galaxy, and everything in between. Students will learn to understand the hidden workings of the world around them, communicate their ideas in a scientific context, conduct experiments, analyse data and draw meaningful conclusions, think creatively about real-world problems, and understand the role that science and technology plays in today’s world.
The subject is divided between physics and chemistry, with many opportunities for students to perform experiments for themselves in both disciplines. While it is important for students have a basic competence in mathematics, curiosity is essential, and students are encouraged to ask the questions which are the very nature of scientific inquiry.
It is no surprise that Physical Sciences together is seen as a gateway subject for university. A successful science student will have shown that they are able to problem-solve, work hard and engage with abstract concepts. These are all critical attributes for someone wanting to pursue tertiary studies, and many courses require that students have taken physical sciences.
In Grade 10, we have pioneered a new approach to physical sciences teaching where students are given choices in the path they take through the subject. Teaching is done in modules, with students being taught by several teachers throughout the year in their areas of expertise.