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Electricity Circuits

From Teachers TV, this video shows how a Year Six teacher, Zoe Lowe, introduces electric circuits to her class. She uses innovative role-playing exercises to underpin the transition from symbolic diagrams to circuit boards.

Zoe's lesson begins with a card-matching exercise to assess what children know about circuit symbols. A role-play is used to demonstrate current flow and how a light bulb is energised. The children then draw circuit symbols to consolidate their understanding. Next, children work in pairs with Worcester circuit boards, batteries and lamps to place their theoretical knowledge in a physical context.

The video helps to illustrate:
• Matching circuit diagrams to actual components is often a source of confusion
• Using whiteboards to draw circuit diagrams allows the teacher to rapidly assess children's understanding
• Role-play is effective in demonstrating how current only flows through a closed circuit

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