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Electrical Circuits and conductors

This project teaches children about electrical appliances and safety. They construct simple series circuits and name their parts and functions, including switches, wires and cells. They investigate electrical conductors and insulators and identify common features of conductors. It also teaches children about programmable devices. They combine their learning to design and make a nightlight.

Innovate challenge

Designing and making a nightlight


Sources of electricity; Electrical devices; Electrical components; Series circuits; Complete and incomplete circuits; Conductivity; Conductors and insulators; Wired plugs; Incandescent light bulbs; Future of electricity; Working scientifically – Identifying and classifying, Pattern seeking, Comparative test, Research


Making switches; Programmable technologies; Programming a micro:bit; Designing and making a nightlight; Incorporating programming and circuits in products


Sustainable energy sources

Electricity (Foxton Primary Science) Waterstones AmazonNichola Tyrrell9781839250071
Electricity (Science in a Flash) Waterstones AmazonGeorgia Amson-Bradshaw9781445152714
All About Electricity (All About Physics) Waterstones AmazonLeon Gray9781474777162
Electricity (Boom Science) Waterstones AmazonGeorgia Amson-Bradshaw9781526306579
Using Electricity (It's Electric!) Waterstones AmazonChris Oxlade9781406232356
Making a Circuit (It's Electric!) Waterstones AmazonChris Oxlade9781406232332
Experiments with Electricity (Read and Experiment)  AmazonIsabel Thomas9781406290448
Electricity: Get Hands-on with Science (Discover and Do!) Waterstones AmazonJane Lacey9781445177373
Endangered Energy: Investigating the Scarcity of Fossil Fuels Waterstones AmazonRani Iyer9781474792400
Renewable Energy (Putting the Planet First) Waterstones AmazonNancy Dickmann9781526301642