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Cotmanhay Junior School

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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

LO1: Identify appliances based on their electricity source. 

LO2: Know how to use electricity safely. 

LO3: Understand different components in a circuit to build one. 

LO4: Understand switches to make and use them. 

LO5: Identify and demonstrate different conductors and Insulators. 

LO6: Apply knowledge of circuits to design and build 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.



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