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Electricity

Electricity

National curriculum content

  • Identify common appliances that run on electricity.
  • Construct a simple series electrical circuit, identifying and naming its basic parts, including cells, wires, bulbs, switches and buzzers.
  • Identify whether or not a lamp will light in a simple series circuit, based on whether or not the lamp is part of a complete loop with a battery.
  • Recognise that a switch opens and closes a circuit and associate this with whether or not a lamp lights in a simple series circuit.
  • Recognise some common conductors and insulators and associate metals with being good conductors.


Lesson objectives

  • Sort appliances based on their electricity source
  • Explain how to use electricity safely
  • Build a simple circuit
  • Make and use switches
  • Identify and demonstrate electrical conductors and insulators.
  • Make a circuit of our own.

 

What we want children to know

  • How to construct a simple series circuit using different components
  • Draw a circuit as a pictorial representation
  • Be aware of the precautions for working safely with electricity
  • Understand that some materials can and some cannot be used to connect a gap in a circuit

 

What skills we want children to develop

  • Ask relevant questions and using different types of scientific enquiries to answer them – setting up simple practical enquiries, comparative and fair tests.
  • Gather, record, classify and present data in a variety of ways to help in answering questions.
  • Record findings using simple scientific language, drawings, labelled diagrams, keys, bar charts and tables.

 

 Vocabulary

appliances, battery, bulb, cell, circuit, components, conductor,  electricity, insulator, mains, rechargeable, series circuit, switch, terminal, wire

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