Mains Electricity

Duration: 3 Weeks / 10½ Hours

After the completion of Topic 4 the learners will be able to:

  • Explain how fossil fuels such as oil, coal and natural gas are formed.
  • Know where mains electricity comes from.
  • Understand why electricity is expensive and what they can do to save electricity.
  • Examine labels of electrical appliances to discover how much power each one requires.
  • Determine which appliances use more energy and elaborate why.
  • Distinguish the difference between renewable and non-renewable energy resources.
  • Research renewable ways to generate electricity, e.g. solar panels, wind power and hydro-electric power generators.
  • Understand why illegal connections are a danger to people.

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You will need


  • Computer
  • Data Projector
  • Speakers
  • Internet connection

Powerpoints and Photocopies

Available on category pages
  • PowerPoints
  • Worksheets
  • Quiz

School Resources

  • Scissors
  • Glue


  • Prepaid purchase slips
  • Pictures of generators, solar panels
  • Examples of electrical appliances
  • Newspaper articles about: illegal connections, electricity cost increasing; load shedding; tampering with electric pre-paid units