Science – Let there be light

Wednesday 12 January 2022

In our Science lesson, about electricity, the children were given a task without very much input first. With a partner, the class used wires, clips, batteries and a bulb and their task was to build a circuit and make the bulb light up. It was great to see how determined the children were to figure this out.

I think we need to connect the wire to the battery.

Where does the power come from?

Why isn’t our circuit working?

I wonder if the battery is dead!

What would happen if we added two batteries to our circuit?

Connecting the clips to the bulb was tricky!

I can’t believe we did this without Mrs Freeman showing us first!


After this fantastic investigation, we discussed circuits.

What is a circuit?

A circuit is a complete path around which electricity can flow. It must include a source of electricity, such as a battery. Materials that allow electric current to pass through them easily, called conductors, can be used to link the positive and negative ends of a battery, creating a circuit.

Quiz your child about their learning so far. Can they answer these questions?

What is the correct name for a single battery?

Name 3 common household appliances that
run on mains electricity.

Name 3 common household devices that run
on battery power.

Good luck!