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.
- 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.
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