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Fun science: Electricity

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By John StringerPrimary Advisor at Philip Harris

Generate a buzz of excitement as your class learn the magic of making and using electricity

Child investigating circuits

Use Philip Harris’ simple circuits to help young children investigate electricity in a safe and fun way

Electricity – children love it but teachers dread its unreliability. However, electricity experiments can be exciting and educational, and can help to teach some common-sense safety ideas. Children get great delight from working with electricity and applying it in a context. But, it’s important to remember a few practical safety facts:

  • Electricity from torch batteries is perfectly safe.
  • Always use good insulated wire – very thin wire can get warm.
  • Match bulbs to batteries (1.5V bulb to 1.5V battery).
  • If something doesn’t work, check the connections first. You can only push electricity through conductor materials. These are mostly metals; however, make the push big enough, and water, air and even the human body will conduct electricity – especially when wet. Remember to end each lesson on electricity with a reminder never to play with sockets and plugs.

Science educational resource provider, Philip Harris, partnered up with Year 1 and 2 teacher, Helen Woolfenden at Holden Clough Community Primary School in Ashton-under-Lyne, to help her class explore the wonders of electricity.

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