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# Taking Part in the BBC’s Terrific Scientific Power Investigation?

Well, if your school hasn’t heard about them yet, currently, the BBC has a number of investigations taking place for schools to take part in. There has already been some...

Well, if your school hasn’t heard about them yet, currently, the BBC has a number of investigations taking place for schools to take part in. There has already been some on forces, time and feet, and their latest one, which is taking place between January and March, is about power and electricity.

If you’re interested in your school taking part in this newest investigation, just visit the BBC’s page for more information. However, today, we wanted to tell you about all the content we have that’s perfect for supporting your lessons on power and electricity.

Among the resources we’ve picked out, there’s Learn Screens, Activities, Topic Tools and more, for EYFS and Key Stage 2 students. All the resources are easily found on EducationCity too – just type in their ID number into Search to find them.

Okay, here’s the content you could use to support your lessons on power and electricity…

EYFS

Activities

Desert Island: #764 – Decide whether an object requires electricity to make it work.

Lower Key Stage 2

Learn Screens

Robot Repair: #12613 – Understanding the basic components of an electric circuit.

Say Watt: #22449 – Explore circuits and the description of each component that they represent.

Activities

Pulling Power: #1850 – Perform a full investigation using magnets, magnetic and non-magnetic materials.

Hardware Store: #538 – Identify which items use mains electricity and which items use batteries.

Sparks Fly: #910 – Identify the electrical hazards in Manu’s Lab.

Robot Repair: #559 – Make a working circuit using bulbs, switches and batteries.

Disco Fever: #558 – Select from the conductor or the insulator to repair a broken circuit.

ThinkIts

Making a torch work: #13699 – What do you need to make a torch work?

Conducting electricity: #14989 – What materials can you think of that are good insulators of electricity?

Things that use electricity: #13708 – What do radios, televisions and toasters have in common?

Switched on: #14990 – What does a switch do and how does it work? Talk to your partner about your ideas.

Constructing a circuit: #14057 – Look at the circuit and describe what steps are needed to light the bulb.

Materials – common features: #13759 – What do these materials have in common – aluminium, copper and gold?

Complete the circuit: #14988 – Talk to your partner about what you would need to make a complete circuit. How would it work?

Topic Tools

Conductors: #2263 – Use a range of materials to explore their different effects in circuits.

Circuit Builder: #2254 – Explore a range of circuits and the components required to build them.

Upper Key Stage 2

Learn Screens

Robot Repair: #12621 – Understanding voltage in electric circuits.

Buzz Words: #22328 – Explore circuit symbols and the description of each component that they represent.

Opaque It In: #22447 – Explore key vocabulary associated with properties of materials and examples of how these can be tested.

Activities

Robot Repair: #560 – Fit the correct component that best suits the performance of the circuit.

Robot Repair: #580 – Fit the correct component into the circuit, using the circuit diagram as reference.

Electric Shock: #579 – Fit the correct component that best suits the performance of the circuit.

Short Fuse: #1115 – Understanding circuits and fuses in the home environment.

ThinkIts

Plug it: #14132 – Look at the plug. Why is some of it made from plastic and some from metal?

Electrical insulators: #14138 – Help Stig to think of some electrical insulators.

Signs and symbols: #14127 – Which electrical component do each of the symbols represent?

Circuit changes: #14136 – Manu has a circuit with a bulb, a battery and a switch. He wants to investigate the ways he could change his circuit. What could he investigate?

Topic Tools

Circuit Builder: #2254 – Explore a range of circuits and the components required to build them.

Word Search Topic Tool

Don’t forget to take a look at the Word Search Topic Tool, a super handy resource which can be used to support your investigation. Available in all years in the Science module, it can be used alongside the topic of power and electricity. All you need to do is simply add the words you want to it and then either complete it altogether as a class on the whiteboard or print it for your students to do as an activity individually. Perfect!

If you’d like to see all the content for yourself, simply log in to EducationCity. Remember that we’ll be having even more resources on these investigations in the future, so do keep an eye out.