Reference Material


Helpful references for further study

Carre C. & Ovens C. Science 7 - 11 Developing primary teaching skills. Appendix II pp 91 - 95, A personal journey in understanding electricity. London & New York, Routledge.

An article that describes a trainee teacher's method of coming to grips with his understanding of electricity. It is rather encouraging as this trainee was a chemistry graduate who was willing to admit his lack of understanding.

Kennedy J. (1997) Primary Science, Knowledge & Understanding. London, Routledge.

NCC (1993) Knowledge and Understanding of Science. Electricity and Magnetism: A guide for teachers. NCC.

Newton L. & D. (1996) "Young children and understanding electricity" Primary Science Review 41, February.

Nuffield Primary Science (1993) Key stage 2 Electricity & Magnetism Teacher's Guide. Collins Educational.

Parker J. & Heywood D. (1996) "Circuit training - working towards the notion of a complete circuit" Primary Science Review 41, February.

Parsons R. (1998) Key stage 2 Science. The Study Book Coordination Group Publications.

A revision book for Key Stage 2, which contains the facts that children of this age need to know. It is well set out and the author has a sense of humour!

Peacock G (1998) QTS Science for Primary Teachers. London, Letts Educational.


CD ROM Assessing your needs in Literacy, Mathematics, Science TTA.

A very helpful revision and self study tool, which includes children's questions and misconceptions.


Safety, Static Electricity
Current Electricity, Making a bulb light, Models
Atomic Theory
Conductors and insulators
Switches, Short circuits, Circuit diagrams
Current, Voltage
Electrical circuits
Measuring current
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