Year 6, Term 1: Electronics

Focus: Circuits

Scope and sequence: Energy, Circuits

Learning intention: Students explore how electrical energy can be can be generated from a range of sources

and can be transferred and transformed in electrical circuits.

NSW Syllabus
Australian Curriculum (version 9.0)
"A student explains how energy is transformed from one form to another." (ST3-8PW-ST)
"Students learn to investigate the transfer and transformation of energy in electrical circuits, including the role of circuit components, insulators and conductors." (AC9S6U03)

Week 1

Introduction to the topic

Introduction to electric circuits

Simulation by PhET Interactive Simulations, University of Colorado Boulder, licensed under CC-BY-4.0 (


Week 2

Renewal energy sources

This video (8:50) provides and overview of the following seven renewable energy sources:

  1. Solar (0:08)
  2. Wind (1:17)
  3. Hydroelectric (2:56)
  4. Geothermal (3:59)
  5. Ocean (5:05)
  6. Hydrogen (6:48)
  7. Biomass (7:25)

Solar power


Week 3

Wind turbines


Week 4

Water turbines

The following video (8:03) outlines a hydroelectric project.


Week 5

Electromagnetic fields

Electric motors

The following video (4:42) doesn't contain any verbal instructions but it does demonstrate some of the designs which can be used to make a simple homopolar motor.

Week 6

Week 7

Electrical components: Resistors

The formula for calculating the total resistance for resistors connected in parallel is as follows:


Week 8

Ohm's law


Week 9


Week 10

Moderated self-assessment


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