Booklet for teaching the Coulomb Train Model

At the bottom of the post are some links to a student booklet for teaching part of the electricity content for AQA GCSE Physics / AQA GCSE Combined Science using the Coulomb Train Model.

Extract from booklet

I have believed for a long time that the electricity content is often ‘under-explained’ at GCSE: in other words, not all of the content is explicitly taught. I have deliberately have gone to the opposite extreme here — indeed, some teachers may feel that I have ‘over-explained’ too much of the content. However, the booklets are editable so feel free to adapt!

I think the booklet is suitable for teacher-led instruction as well as independent study — I would love to hear how your students have responded to it.

The animations will be ‘live’ for the Google Docs and MS Word versions, but will be frozen for the PDF version. They can be cut and pasted into Powerpoint or other teaching packages (but please note that in some versions of PPT, the animations will appear frozen until you go into presenter mode).

Please feel free to download, use and adapt as you see fit. It is released under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License CC BY-SA 4.0 (details here), so please flag if you see versions being sold on TES or similar websites.

The remaining content for AQA electricity will be released (fingers crossed) over the next couple of months.

Feedback and comments (hopefully mainly positive) always welcome….

6 thoughts on “Booklet for teaching the Coulomb Train Model

  1. paulmartin42 September 4, 2021 / 3:40 am

    “I have believed for a long time that the electricity content is often ‘under-explained’”


    • paulmartin42 September 10, 2021 / 3:26 am

      I saw the same in T. Sherrington Teaching Science book.

      And I still think the solution is more teaching about batteries.

  2. Matt Clark (@mclarkscience) November 7, 2021 / 6:27 am

    This is great, and was super helpful to myself and my team last year when we used the CTM more consistently in our approach with our classes based on your blogs. Thank you.
    I wanted to know if you have any idea of a way to copy the animations into OneNote and still have them work as I tend to teach from OneNote wherever possible.

    • e=mc2andallthat November 7, 2021 / 8:39 am

      That’s excellent to hear! Thank you so much for letting me know.

      Sadly, OneNote does not seem to support GIFs. Have you tried saving as as MHT file from IE (not sure if MHT supported by Chrome) and then Inserting into OneNote?

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