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The Y5/6 students are learning about Electricity in the first half-term and Earth and Space after the October half-term.

Why not broaden and deepen your learning by doing some of these activities: 

  • Practice drawing circuit diagrams using the correct symbols.
  • Look at any instruction booklets that came with electrical objects in your home.  Can you find any circuit diagrams?
  • Ask an adult to show you the inside of a plug or even better cut one off an old appliance – learn how to wire it and change the fuse.
  • Look at your fuse box with an adult.  Ask them to explain what happens when something is wrong with the electricity in your home.
  • Learn more about your home – Do you have loft insulation?  Do you have cavity wall insulation?  Do you have solar panels? Do you have low-energy light bulbs?  What temperature is your heating set to?  Is your heating/hot water on a timer?
  • Record the temperature of a room in your house every hour during the day and create a line graph of the result.
  • Sort your list into a 3 circle Venn diagram – those appliances that produce light or a change in temperature or movement (or any combination of these).
  • Look at any electricity poles/pylons/substations/railway lines when you are out and about.  Remember the yellow warning triangle is there because the electricity can be dangerous.
  • Look at all the batteries in your home and in the garage/shed/car/phone etc.  How are batteries identified (AA, AAA, CR3032 …).  Which ones are the strongest?  Are the strongest also the biggest? 

Remember to always be safe around electricity! 

The Y3/4 students are also learning about Electricity. Why not do some of these activities at home so that you can become an 'electricity expert'...

 

* Make a list of all the electrical objects you have in each room of your house. 

* Create a table of bar chart to show how many electrical appliances you have in each room of your house.

* Sort your list into a Venn diagram – those appliances that produce light or a change in temperature or both.

* Create posters reminding your family to turn off electrical objects when not in use e.g. the lights

* Learn more about your home – Do you have loft insulation?  Do you have cavity wall insulation?  Do you have solar panels? Do you have low-energy light bulbs?  What temperature is your heating set to?  Is your heating/hot water on a timer?

* Record the temperature of a room in your house every hour during the day and create a line graph of the result.

* Look at any electricity poles/pylons/substations/railway lines when you are out and about.  Remember the yellow warning triangle is there because the electricity can be dangerous.

* Take a reading from your electricity meter and see how much electricity you use in one week.  Can you use less the following week?

 

 

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