Year 4: Electricity

This list consists of lesson plans, activities and video clips to support the teaching of electricity in Year Four. It contains tips on using the resources, suggestions for further use and background subject knowledge. Possible misconceptions are highlighted so that teachers may plan lessons to facilitate correct conceptual understanding. Designed to support the new curriculum programme of study it aims to cover many of the requirements for knowledge and understanding and working scientifically. The statutory requirements are that children are taught to:

• 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.

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