KS3 ~ Year 8 ~ Potential Difference

This lesson is designed for the KS3 Year 8 Science course, specifically the P2 1.1 unit on ‘Electricity & Magnetism’.

This lesson begins with an introduction to potential difference, students will watch a couple of minutes of a video and whilst watching will need to answer a set of questions. This task can then be self-assessed using the mark scheme provided on the PowerPoint presentation.

Next, students will be shown a circuit diagram, with two voltmeters connected - one parallel to a cell and one parallel to a light bulb. Students are asked to ‘Think > Pair > Share’ their ideas about whether the potential difference is higher across the battery or across the cell. Students will then carry out an investigation to find the answer the this question.

After this, students will complete a fill-in-the-blank task to summarise what they have learned so far this lesson. Once complete student can self-assess or peer-assess their work using the mark scheme provided.

Lastly, students will be given a set of questions relating to potential difference and also resistance, students will need to use what they have learned this lesson as well last lesson on resistance to complete these questions. This task can then be marked and assessed using the mark scheme provided. This is followed by a very quick anagram challenge, students will need to unscramble the anagrams to spell 6 key words related to the topic of electricity, students can write a definition for each key word if they have finished.

The plenary requires students to write a twitter message, summarising what they have learned this lesson, including #keywords.

All resources are included at the end of the presentation, thanks for looking, if you have any questions please let me know in the comments section and any feedback would be appreciated :)

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