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Free open educational resources from the University of Edinburgh to download and adapt for primary and secondary teaching.

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This resource is  the fourth of a set of  4 lesson plans with STEM activities based around a group of 10-12 year olds, wanting to explain the science and maths behind magic.

This session teaches STATIC ELECTRICITY, a magic wand trick.


Wonder in Magic has been created as a teaching resource for the City of Edinburgh Council’s ‘Curiosity Club’, an Intervention Strategy initiative that is currently operating in Council schools. The focus of the four planned lessons of Wonder in Magic is to explain the ‘magic’ behind science and maths activities.

The first has an activity on air pressure. The second has an activity on probability and tthe third is on chemical reactions. There is an optional activity (session 5) on showcasing the knowledge and skills obtained in Wonder in Magic. You can find all of these in our TES Shop for free download and re-use.

The log-book (‘Book of Spells’), general teaching notes, completion certificate and letter (‘hook’) are included with all resources.

This bundle includes: extensive teacher notes bundle includes pdf and editable versions of the following:

Electrostatics – Hopping Magic Wands - contents for each lesson includes:

  • Resource list
  • Learning Intentions
  • Shared success criteria
  • Relevant Es&Os
  • Assessment Methods
  • Lesson Plan

General resources

  • ‘Hook’ letter from the Head Teacher of Scotland’s Magic School
  • Log-book (aka Book of Spells)
  • Completion Certificate
  • General Teaching Notes

Learning outcomes in the Curriculum for Excellence and associated benchmark

SCN 2-08a: I have collaborated in investigations to compare magnetic, electrostatic and gravitational forces and have explored their practical applications. (Explains how some objects may become electrically charged by rubbing two surfaces together and how the charges produce an electrostatic force. Investigates and demonstrates understanding that electrostatic forces can both repel and attract.)

LIT 2-07a: I can show my understanding of what I listen to or watch by responding to literal, inferential, evaluative and other types of questions, and by asking different kinds of questions of my own. (Asks and responds to a range of questions, including literal, inferential and evaluative questions, to demonstrate understanding of spoken texts.)

This resource was created as part of the GeoScience Outreach Course, which is a 4th year undergraduate course in the School of GeoSciences aiming to provide students with the opportunity to develop their own science communication and engagement project.

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Author: Philippa Johnston, adapted by Kay Douglas and Charlie Farley.

Unless otherwise stated, all content is released under a CC-BY-SA 4.0 license.

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