A lesson that covers the circuit symbols used in the AQA trilogy / physics course 2016, but could easily be adapted for any syllabus or KS3. There are assessment opportunities, practical activities and a worksheet included in the resource

You can use this for KS3 or even KS4 - I just use it to get pupils drawing series and parallel circuits with emphasis on the position of voltmeters and the terminals on the battery. Make sure pupils use a sharp pencil and a ruler and reiterate that there must be no gaps in the circuit. You can adapt this worksheet to your liking. Draw the switches out as closed.
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This worksheet is made up of pictures of 5 real electric circuits. The main idea is for children to look at the photos and then use the provided symbols to draw the corresponding electrical circuit diagrams.
The symbols are provided in a table at the beginning of the worksheet and there are questions after each circuit. Questions probe children’s observation, connections with real life, problems with the circuits and ways to improve them.
This worksheet can word as a nice introduction or even a follow-up to children building circuits for themselves. They could even build them along side completing the worksheet.
I hope this helps your children to draw electrical circuits properly as well as improve their general understanding of electronics.

A lesson following on from the introduction of circuit symbol and simple circuits. Pupils are asked to interpret circuit diagrams and build given parallel and series circuits. The plenary tests understanding of the difference between parallel and series circuit diagrams

This resource introduces circuit symbols and scientific diagrams of electrical circuits. It includes a series of short activities to test student knowledge and understanding of the topic.

32 bingo boards, all with a different combination of the 14 circuit symbols from the AQA GCSE specification. Can also be used for KS3 Electricity.
Sheet with the 14 symbols and names for printing and to be placed into a plastic wallet or envelope for the the teacher to pick out one at a time. These sheets can also be printed for students to use until they are more confident with the symbols and then taken away, or just as reference in their books.

You can put up some photos of real circuits I made and get pupils to draw them on mini-whiteboards. I use this for year 7 Electricity and also a starter for KS4 lessons.

This is an Excel spreadsheet that generates, fairly easily, good quality circuit diagrams that you can copy and paste as images into your Word or PowerPoint files. Be warned that you will need a little bit of familiarity with Excel to make it work, and it will produce complete garbage if you don’t treat it nicely! This is why I am not putting a price on it.
It took me only about 15 minutes to use it to produce the ridiculous circuit diagram that I have put as the cover image. To make the sort of circuits you need for day-to-day teaching it is obviously much quicker than that! I have already used it for producing circuit diagrams for a Y7 scheme and for our Y11 into Y12 transition pack, and it made the process MUCH easier.
It is targeted at Physics, not Electronics, so the circuit symbols are the ones that you come across in the 11-18 Physics curriculum in the UK.
I am including two versions: a version with a simple series circuit set up, and a version with a stupidly complicated circuit set up to try to illustrate how it all works.

The children are to be given pictures of the 8 circuits from which they will have to transfer these into circuit diagrams. The later circuits are more challenging and include parallel circuits. As an extension, the children could also be require to list the components used in each circuit.

Teach your children about electricity through our Electricity Task Cards. This is a fantastic hands on activity that will teach your children to construct series and parallel circuits. They will love creating the circuits from the differentiated task cards.
This can be done using electrical components or our symbol cards provided.
Contents:
- x 14 Electricity circuit diagram cards
- Electrical components symbol cards
We hope you enjoy!
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Complete No-Prep lesson with exam questions, tasks and answers on Circuits, Current and Charge for AQA GCSE (9-1) Science / Physics, covering all of exam spec points 4.2.1.1 and 4.2.1.2 / 6.2.1.1 and 6.2.1.2. This is the first lesson in the teaching sequence.
As a Secondary Science teacher, Deputy Headteacher, writer and examiner I make high quality no-prep lessons so busy teachers can teach outstanding lessons without spending hours planning. This high quality lesson includes explanations, different types of in-lesson assessment (all with answers) and unique exam questions.
My lessons are ideal for non-Physicists - as a Biologist who retrained as a Physics teacher I know how to take learners on a journey that builds up their understanding step by step, while still going into a lot of depth. The preview video shows a representative sample of slides from the resource so that you get a good idea of what it includes before you buy.
What’s Included:
• Starter / Do Now Activity
• Explanation slides in “chunked” sections with animated diagrams.
• Worked examples of calculations / questions.
• Multiple questions in different question styles and difficulties - no need for worksheets. Each “chunked” explanation section typically includes a set of “learning check / quick questions” followed by a set of in-depth questions on the learning from that “chunk” of the lesson. All questions have answers.
• Exam-style questions on the whole lesson at the end of the lesson- these are unique, based on real exam questions but not just copied from exam boards.
• Answers for all questions
• All easily editable to adapt to your teaching or to use in existing lessons.
• Slightly humorous, at points, if you like that sort of thing.
Learning objectives:
Draw and interpret circuit diagrams, including by circuit symbols correctly.
Describe the difference between a battery and a cell.
Describe current as a flow of electrical charge and the size of the current as the rate of flow of electrical charge.
Explain why current requires a source of potential difference.
Explain why current has the same value at any point in series circuit.
Recall and apply: Current Flow (Q) = Current (I) x time (t)
The lesson was written for AQA GCSE Science / Physics but is very likely to be applicable to other exam specifications.
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This worksheet has a diagram showing four common electrical symbols and their pictures - battery/cell, lamp, cables/wires and a switch. The children have to draw an electrical circuit for a light with a switch. The second part of the worksheet is a fill in the blanks activity in which children use the words from the box to complete the paragraph about the circuit.
This worksheet serves as a good introduction or reinforcement for children who are just starting to learn about electrical circuits and the symbols used to draw them.

The series and parallel circuits Venn diagram graphic organiser is a great way for students to compare and contrast these two types of electrical circuits.
Includes two versions:
Version 1. Students cut and paste labels onto the correct part of the Venn diagram.
Version 2. Students write the correct statement into boxes on the Venn diagram.
Also includes a bonus word search and comes with an answer key.

Identify symbols and draw circuit diagrams (battery, push switch, toggle switch, bulb, buzzer, motor, led, resistor).
Short explanation of a Printed Circuit Board (PCB) followed by questions.
Complete diagram of PCB / Soldering.
Crossword
This worksheet is designed to be used in landscape orientation and can be printed in A4 format but A3 is advised for the maximum learning experience of the student.
Buy as a bundle of 6 jumbo sized worksheets to save 15% (ELECTRICITY and ELECTRONICS)

A lesson to introduce circuit symbols, the function of components and circuit diagrams. Includes a PPT and worksheets (differentiated where appropriate) along with a self assessment form for a part of the lesson.

An introductory lesson to circuits for key stage 3 with a focus on circuit symbols and interpreting circuit diagrams. A fairly basic lesson which could easily be made more challenging or paired with pupils building circuits from the diagrams.

A first lesson in an electricity topic aimed at Y7 pupils. Includes a presentation that includes a complete lesson: starter/settler, learning outcomes, notes on circuits, symbols and current in circuits, instructions on a simple investigation into circuits and current, review questions, introduction to circuit symbols, instructions on how to draw circuit symbols (with opportunity to model for pupils) and an activity for pupils to draw their own circuit diagrams.