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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.

Circuit building

The children firstly explored the equipment that could be used within a circuit including:

  • Wires
  • Bulbs/lamps
  • Switches
  • Buzzers
  • Motors
  • 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.

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