Teaching electricity in the science classroom

Lauren Tong
26th March 2019
Electricity in the science classroom

Switch on your students with these electricity resources

Electricity is one of the key units in physics and often one that requires students to work practically to understand circuits, components and currents. As a topic that is usually taught in both KS3 and KS4, we have gathered together a selection of resources from lessons to activities and revision materials which have been designed to aid your teaching of electricity in the science classroom.


Mains Electricity

Lesson plan, powerpoint, plug diagram, unsafe plug worksheet and answer and some homework and extension tasks. Covers part of P2.4.1 Household electricity. Describe the design and function of a three-pin mains plug, including the materials and the colours of the wires, explain why it is important that appliances are double-insulated, explain why it is necessary to connect some appliances to the earth via the earth wire, explain in detail the choice of materials used for the mains parts of a three-pin mains plug.
By crf509

Charging Up (Static Electricity)

KS3 Activate 2 module ‘Electricity and Magnetism’

Full lesson ready to use straight ‘out of the box’.

Similar structure to my other power points following the input - activity - review phasing
Plenary section for progress checking
Clear learning objectives and outcomes
Modern and engaging layout
Little adaptation needed

Please leave some constructive feedback :D

By OuttheBoxScience

Cost of Electricity - Power Lesson

A complete lesson on power and the cost of electricity in a PowerPoint including: settler; starter; learning outcomes and keywords; how to calculate power and calculations for pupils; how to rearrange the formula to calculate energy and calculations for pupils to practice; and introduction and activity calculating power in kWh and the cost of electricity.
By jkrtaylor

NEW AQA The Electric Motor GCSE Lesson

A fully resourced lesson designed for the new AQA GCSE specification, from an experienced author.
This lesson includes editable and PDF versions of:
• Power point presentation
• Worksheets with full sets of answers
• Technician’s sheet (fully resourced and illustrated)
• A VLE version of the presentation (with the answers removed)
In addition, it includes an optional self-marking Google Classroom Homework for those of you lucky enough to work in a school with Google Classroom set up.
Other lessons in this topic are available, as is the topic as a whole.
The first lesson “Permanent Magnets” is available free of charge so you can try before you buy.

Objectives covered:

Lesson 5: HIGHER ONLY The Electric Motor

  • Explain how the force on a conductor in a magnetic field causes the rotation of the coil in an electric motor.
By rolffantom

Practicals and activities

Energy Transfer and Electricity generation quiz

Revision quiz for energy transfers and electricity production. Useful for AQA P1 revision or OCR Physics B P2. It can be broken up to use as a starter or plenary. I use it with small teams/individuals with individual whiteboards so everyone holds up their answer. All correct teams get the points. All images are from commons copyright sources using - http://search.creativecommons.org/.
By paulat77

Electricity multiple choice quiz

A great task that can be used as an assessment tool for a starter, mini-plenary or revision task.

This works best when students have pre-made cards to select answer, voting kits or white boards. Students can also complete as a quiz in the back of their books.

Covers: electricity, LDR, resistance, current, potential difference, units, power, electrons,
By Scuttscience

Activity pack for KS3 electricity

This pack contains four separate revision exercises for KS3 electricity, including a mix of individual, pair and group work. The activities can be used as plenary exercises within individual lessons or together at the end of a unit to make up a revision lesson. Teacher notes are included for most activities.

The activities are designed for use at KS3 but may also be suitable as extension activities for KS2 or as revision activities for KS4 at the beginning of a unit or topic on electricty and circuit diagrams.
By rowena miles

Electricity Circuit Building Activity

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.

- x 14 Electricity circuit diagram cards
- Electrical components symbol cards

We hope you enjoy!

From Saving The Teachers
By Saving The Teachers


Electricity Components and Symbols Revision

A collaborative activity where pupils work in groups to match up the symbol with the name and description, revising electrical components and symbols.

Print onto card and cut out.

Suitable for KS3 (11-14 year olds) and KS4 (14-16 year olds) Physics.

Update Oct 2017 : The error with ‘Diode’ has been corrected (this was created a long time ago when I was a young PGCE student).
By j4yna

Electrical Circuits Revision Pack

- Revision sheet: contains all of the key information on the topic
- Revision mat: for students to fill in, covering the key areas
- Question sheet: lots of questions for students to answer about the topic

Designed specifically for the new AQA specification (teaching from 2016) but may also be suitable for other exam boards.
By teachsci1

GCSE Electricity Revision

Enough content for 2 lessons including:

  • Starter on symbols and their units
  • Series and parallel circuits recap
  • Resistance of a wire recap
  • Filament lamp IV curve recap
  • Static charge recap
  • True/False quiz
  • Recap of all equations needed to memorise and a worksheet that tests ALL of the equations where the students have to decide which equation to use (complete with answers)
  • White board quiz
By gclaw95

Static electricity, circuits and magnetism Knowledge organiser

Two knowledge organisers covering the following KS3 topics

Static electricity
Structure of the atom and nature of charge
Electron transfer
Series circuits
Parallel circuits
By Hayley Fletcher

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