In Science, we will be exploring electricity. Within this subject, we will be looking at:
- 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.
- associate the brightness of a lamp or the volume of a buzzer with the number and voltage of cells used in the circuit;
- compare and give reasons for variations in how components function, including the brightness of bulbs, the loudness of buzzers and the on/off position of switches;
- use recognised symbols when representing a simple circuit in a diagram.
The children firstly explored the equipment that could be used within a circuit including:
- Batteries and cells.
The children challenged to work co-operatively to try and include a number of components within their circuit and light up the bulb. This took a lot of perseverance, as the children realised the circuit wasn't going to work immediately and had to discuss different options to allow them to achieve success.