Workshops

Batteries Included KS2 – INSPIRE


NEW! Developed with local teachers to support the INSPIRE curriculum, this hands-on workshop introduces children to simple electric circuits in preparation for making their own surprising Christmas decorations.

Duration

Workshop plus Museum visit up to 4 hours

Workshop outline

We start the workshop with a look at modern appliances that run on electricity, from toasters to laptops, identifying what they are used for, why they need electricity, and where the electricity comes from. Children then match non-electrical appliances (toasting forks, typewriters and so on) with their modern equivalents, considering what life was like for people in the past, and what life is like for people now with no access to electricity.

We then get hands-on with circuits, learning about the different components, how to work safely, how to solve problems and exploring a range of ‘what happens if I … ?’ situations. Children share what they find out and consolidate their learning with a sorting exercise.

In the afternoon there is a choice of creating fabulous Christmas cards with ‘paper’ circuits (slug tape, LEDs and coin batteries!), or exploring the Museum to find out more about electricity and circuits and how we use them.

Learning Objectives

By the end of the workshop most pupils will be able 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

National Curriculum Links

Science Year 4

  • 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

Suggestions for pre-visit preparation

Before the visit it would be helpful if you could introduce the workshop and tell pupils that they will use what they learn to help make Christmas decorations in school.

Feedback and evaluation

We will give you an evaluation form to complete at the end of the workshop. Please complete this as fully as you can. Your feedback is very much appreciated and is used to ensure that future workshops meet the learning needs of your students.