Big idea: electricity and magnetism

The familiar everyday world we live in is largely a consequence of the properties and behaviour of electric charge. Matter is held together by electrostatic forces, and these influence chemical changes. Electricity and magnetism initially seem to be distinct phenomena, but are later found to be closely interrelated. Understanding electricity and magnetism helps us to develop our technology and find applications that can transform our everyday lives.


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Resources for age 11-14

Research informed progression toolkits to help you develop the big ideas of science

The big idea is developed through a series of key concepts at age 11-14, which have been organised into teaching topics.

Topic 1: Simple electric circuits

Topic 2: More electric circuits

Topic 3: Magnets and electromagnets

Is there a recommended teaching order?

The Best Evidence Science Teaching resources can be used with your existing scheme of work, if desired. 

However, we have used research evidence on learning pathways and effective sequencing of ideas to develop subject maps for biology, chemistry, earth science and physics. 

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