Electrical energy can be transferred and transformed in electrical circuits and can be generated from a range of sources

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Energy chains: energy use

This online resources look at the energy transformations in our electricity supply.

The resource is a Scootle interactive learning object suitable for Year 6 students and not only covers the energy transformations that occur in the supplying of the electricity that comes out of a household wall socket, but also looks at how energy is lost during the transmission of this energy from it source to the user.

Switcheroo

This online resource investigates electrical switches.

The resource is a lesson plan for a hands-on activity where students test a range of materials to determine if they make good switches.

The resource includes downloadable worksheets to enable students to easily record their results and answer questions.

Plenty of background information is provided for the teacher so as to make this a very thorough lesson.

Answers to questions posed to students are given throughout the lesson plan in brackets. Ideas for assessment and extension are also included.

Will it conduct?

This online resource looks at electrical conductivity.

The resource provides a lesson plan for a hands-on activity where students build a conductivity tester to explore the difference between electrical conductors and insulators.

Details on how to build the conductivity tester from a battery, light bulb and wires are provided. The resource also lists a number of solid and liquid substances that can be tested to determine if they are conductors or insulators.

Does salt water conduct?

This online resource investigates the conductivity of salt water.

The resource gives details for a practical activity where students build a saltwater circuit; an electrical circuit that uses salt water as a conductor in the circuit.

Students can investigate the conductivity of salt water, and develop an understanding of how the amount of salt in a solution impacts on how much electrical current flows through the circuit.

They can also learn about one real-world application of a saltwater circuit—a desalination plant.

Conductivity - conductors and insulators

This online resource show how to make a simple conductivity tester.

The resource has teacher background notes, worksheets and step-by-step instructions on how to make a simple conductivity tester using a battery and light bulb.

This activity is designed to teach the difference between electrical conductors and insulators.

Energy transfer and storage

This online resource explores energy transference and storage.

The resource explores energy and how it can be transferred from one place to another in a variety of forms. It also reviews the basic concepts of energy.

The resource covers heat and temperature and introduces students to energy transfer diagrams. It also explores sources of renewable and non-renewable energy and how energy is stored and generated.

This resource has links to the cross-curricular priority of sustainability as it examines renewable energy sources.

Essential energy - PrimaryConnections

This resource provides students with opportunities to explore the concept of energy, including renewable energy sources such as the Sun, wind and water. Students will conduct investigations to determine factors that affect the output of a simple battery and participate in hands-on activities to consolidate their understanding and to improve the efficiency of a waterwheel. Students explore how scientific endeavours in relation to the development of sustainable energy sources are used to make changes in the world. 

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