Electricity (Y6)

Prior learning

  • Identify common appliances that run on electricity. (Y4 - Electricity)

  • Construct a simple series electrical circuit, identifying and naming its basic parts, including cells, wires, bulbs, switches and buzzers. (Y4 - Electricity)

  • 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. (Y4 - Electricity)

  • Recognise that a switch opens and closes a circuit and associate this with whether or not a lamp lights in a simple series circuit. (Y4 - Electricity)

  • Recognise some common conductors and insulators, and associate metals with being good conductors. (Y4 - Electricity)

Future learning

  • Electric current, measured in amperes, in circuits, series and parallel circuits, currents add where branches meet and current as flow of charge. (KS3)

  • Potential difference, measured in volts, battery and bulb ratings; resistance, measured in ohms, as the ratio of potential difference (p.d.) to current. (KS3)

  • Differences in resistance between conducting and insulating components (quantitative). (KS3)

  • Static electricity. (KS3)

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