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Circuits and Conductors

£12.00
SKU S4CS30002
Key Stage 2 Electricity Science Year 4

This 'Circuits and Conductors' planning pack for the Year 4 Electricity strand gives your KS2 Science class a practical and hands-on way to learn about electricity and circuits. Your class will look at how circuits work, the differences between mains and battery-powered electricity, how to make a switch, which materials are conductors and which are insulators, with plenty of opportunities for investigations and experiments along the way.

 
#TheCompleteSeries6lessons

This Year 4 Electricity planning pack is fully planned and ready for you to teach. It has detailed lesson plans, a set of slides for each lessons, a range of printable worksheets and other resources, and it's all differentiated so that every learner in your class can access the lesson. All you need to do is download, teach and enjoy!

#Lesson1CircuitComponents

This introductory lesson recaps knowledge of electricity, both static and current, before looking at the different parts of a circuit and what they do.

It also challenges children to think about and investigate what makes circuits work or not, depending on how they are constructed.

 

What's included:

  • Lesson plan
  • Slides
  • Activity ideas
  • Differentiated worksheets
  • Circuit cards
#Lesson2MainsvsBattery

This lesson describes how mains electricity works and looks at the dangers associated with it, before comparing appliances that use mains electricity and those that use batteries.

With a focus on electrical safety, this lesson is a great way to prepare your class for working with electrical components in future lessons.

 

What's included:

  • Lesson plan
  • Slides
  • Activity ideas
  • Differentiated worksheets
  • Picture cards
  • Poster template
#Lesson3ConductorsandInsulators

After defining conductors and insulators, your class will have the opportunity to experiment with lots of different materials within a circuit to see whether they are conductors or insulators.

They can even transform themselves into circuits to see if they can make their buzzer buzz!

 

What's included:

  • Lesson plan
  • Slides
  • Activity ideas
  • Differentiated worksheets
  • Circuit labels
  • Answer cards
#Lesson4SafeConductors

This lesson challenges children to use their growing knowledge of conductors and insulators when thinking about why many appliances have conductors inside the appliance and insulators on the outside – from plugs and light switches, to hair dryers and washing machines.

 

 

What's included:

  • Lesson plan
  • Slides
  • Activity ideas
  • Differentiated worksheets
#Lesson5SwitchedOn

In this lesson, children use their growing knowledge of circuits to explain how switches work, before investigating different ways of creating switches to break or complete a circuit using a variety of different materials, such as paperclips, drawing pins and coins.

 

 

What's included:

  • Lesson plan
  • Slides
  • Activity ideas
  • General Knowledge quiz
#Lesson6BulbBrightness

The final lesson in this series challenges your class to put their investigative skills to the test as they explore what happens to the brightness of a bulb (or the speed of a motor) when more batteries and components are added to the circuit.

 

 

What's included:

  • Lesson plan
  • Slides
  • Activity ideas
  • Differentiated worksheets
  • End of unit quiz
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Curriculum Objectives covered
  • Year 4 - asking relevant questions and using different types of scientific enquiries to answer them
  • Year 4 - setting up simple practical enquiries, comparative and fair tests
  • Year 4 - making systematic and careful observations and, where appropriate, taking accurate measurements using standard units, using a range of equipment, including thermometers and data loggers
  • Year 4 - recording findings using simple scientific language, drawings, labelled diagrams, keys, bar charts, and tables
  • Year 4 - using results to draw simple conclusions, make predictions for new values, suggest improvements and raise further questions
  • Year 4 - identifying differences, similarities or changes related to simple scientific ideas and processes
  • Year 4 - identify common appliances that run on electricity
  • Year 4 - construct a simple series electrical circuit, identifying and naming its basic parts, including cells, wires, bulbs, switches and buzzers
  • Year 4 - 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
  • Year 4 - recognise that a switch opens and closes a circuit and associate this with whether or not a lamp lights in a simple series circuit
  • Year 4 - recognise some common conductors and insulators, and associate metals with being good conductors
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