Science KS2: Discovering the work of Michael Faraday

Dick and Dom from 'Absolute Genius' describe the life and scientific work of Michael Faraday.

He lived about 200 years ago and is most remembered for his work on electrical energy.

At the Royal Institution he discovered the relationship between magnets and electricity.

That is, if a magnet moves near a wire an electrical charge is induced.

Dick and Dom demonstrate the Faraday cage by stopping a million volts of electricity.

The key scientific points are made in a fun and student-friendly way.

This short film is from the CBBC series, Absolute Genius with Dick & Dom.

In this entertaining series Dick and Dom learn about the geniuses whose ideas, creations and discoveries have shaped our world.

Teacher Notes

This short film can be shown to introduce the work of Michael Faraday and how electricity is generated.

Show the short film and then look at everyday life before and after the discovery of electricity.

Ask your pupils to write a list of all appliances that rely on electricity.

Demonstrate a simple generator as presented in the film using a magnet, wire and a cardboard tube and then light a small bulb or LED light.

Invite your pupils to create an electrical circuit and use the generator to power it.

Alternatively, ask the class to explore the Faraday cage. Can they think of examples of the Faraday cage working in everyday electrical appliances such as lifts, the microwave oven or the car?

This could be demonstrated with the help of a mobile phone which loses its signal inside a Faraday cage.

Curriculum Notes

This short film is suitable for teaching science at Key Stage 2 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and Second Level in Scotland.

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