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Skip to 0 minutes and 8 seconds The focus of this week is electricity. Since the age of the industrial revolution in the 1800s, human life has changed dramatically. It was the dawning of the electrical age. Imagining life without electricity now is near impossible. In school, electricity is a firm favourite with children. However, the concepts behind it are complex and misconceptions are easy to form. Over the week you will focus on what electricity is and what is going on in an electrical circuit. We will also look at electrical conductors and insulators. The concepts we will introduce can be challenging to both children and adults. We will support you throughout to further your understanding and look at how to introduce electricity in the classroom.

Skip to 0 minutes and 55 seconds As in the previous weeks you will also examine some common misconceptions and find out how to elicit these in the children you teach. You will then focus on activities which you can use in lessons to help correct children’s incorrect ideas.

Defining electricity

This week we will look at the topic electricity.

We will discover what electricity is and what is going on in an electrical circuit. We will also look at electrical conductors and insulators.

Your explanation

In the comments below, post how you would explain what electricity is.

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What is tricky about defining electricity?

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