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Physics : Electricity 1


Students will study the fundamentals of current, potential difference and resistance within series and parallel circuits. They will learn how to set up a variety of circuits, and take measurements of properties within the circuit. They will learn the role of the National Grid in the transmission of electricity.

The main SMSC/Personal Development content of this topic includes: PD16 – Use of imagination and creativity in their learning.
PD15 – Sense of enjoyment and fascination in learning about themselves, others and the world around them.

The main UN Rights of a Child covered are No. 13 – Sharing thoughts freely and No. 17 – Access to information

Example Key Words


The rate at which charge flows through a circuit. Measured in Amps (A)

Potential Difference

The driving force that pushes electrical charge around a circuit. Measured in Volts (V)


Anything in a circuit that reduces the flow of charge. Measured in Ohms (?)

Series Circuit

Electrical circuits with one continuous loop of wire and components.

Parallel Circuit

Electrical circuits with two or more loops of wire and components.

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