Current Electricity - Switches in Series and Parallel Circuits KS3

This action-packed lesson on switches in series and parallel circuits is fully resourced and differentiated with 13 activities and 9 learning outcomes.

Easy to follow instructions are given on the PowerPoint and worksheets so that the lesson practically runs itself.

The activities include literacy, group work, peer assessment, self-assessment, pupil response to assessment, feedback to teacher on pupil learning via the exit ticket quiz and a practical.

This pack contains material for two hours lesson time in total to enable the teacher to select resources in order to totally bespoke the lesson according to pupil ability, time available for the topic and focus of departmental/school policy. Resources not used in the lesson can be additional homework or used for pre-examination revision.

An easy to follow one-page flow chart lesson plan indicates where logical choices between resources can be made and indicates whether each activity includes literacy, oracy or AFL .

*To know that switches open and close circuits.
*To know that one switch controls all the components in a series circuit.
*To know that components can be controlled individually by switches in a parallel circuit.
*To be able to position switches correctly in simple and complex complex parallel circuits.


  • Animated 14 slide PowerPoint- includes exit ticket /plenary quiz
  • Cut and stick
  • Anticipation guide(starter and plenary)
  • Flip It
  • Taboo Cards
  • Worksheet for practical
  • Fact sheet
  • Foldable
  • Fact Share Worksheet
  • Exit ticket template
  • ABC card template
  • Differentiated homework/classwork worksheets
  • Flow chart lesson plan
  • PowerPoint with answers /detailed mark schemes for homework/classwork sheets-pupils of all abilities can self-assess or peer assess.

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Links to other resources in this series.

Current, Voltage and Resistance - What Are They?

Conductors and Insulators

Circuits and Symbols

Intro to Current Electricity 1

Intro to Current Electricity 2

Intro to Current Electricity 3

Current Electricity - Everything You Need

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  • R---C-Foldable--Front.pdf
  • Switches--Worksheet--.pdf
  • Switches--Worksheet--Back.pdf
  • Switches--Homework--Worksheet-1-.pdf
  • Switches-1-Cut-Out-.pdf
  • Switches-Anticipation-Guide-.pdf
  • Switches-Domino-Exercise.pdf
  • Switches-Fact-Share-Worksheet.pdf
  • Switches-Fact-Sheet-.pdf
  • Switches-Pupil-Checklist.pdf
  • Switches--Homework--Worksheet-2-Front.pdf
  • Switches--Homework--Worksheet-2-Back.pdf
  • Switches--Flip-It-Front.pdf
  • Switches-Flip-It--Back.pdf
  • Exit-Ticket.pdf
  • Preview-Switches--TES-PPT.pdf
  • Preview-Mark-Scheme.pptx
  • Preview-Switches--TES-LO.pdf
  • Preview-Switches--TPT-Lesson-Plan.pdf
  • Preview-Switches--TES-Contents.pdf
  • Preview--Resistance-and-Current-TPT-pptx-01.25.36-copy.pdf
  • Preview--Copyright-.pdf

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Created: Feb 9, 2019

Updated: Jun 16, 2019

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