Electricity is a form of energy. This energy is stored in batteries (also known as cells) or comes into our houses and other buildings along wires. Many items we use every day rely on electricity to work.
Smaller appliances, such as watches and phones, are powered by batteries. Larger products, for example freezers and washing machines, have to be plugged in to mains electricity.
Teach your children about the electricity using our handy topic guide!
- Play this fun game where children carry out an action to describe seven electricity words.
- Read Traction Man meets Turbodog with your children and try some of our related teaching ideas.
- Test different materials to find out if they are electrical conductors or insulators.
- Play the Electric Eddy Energy Saving game.
- Learn about electrical symbols and diagrams with these free resources.
- Teach your children how static electricity works, how current flows and how switches work with these fun experiments.
Electricity Knowledge Organiser
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- Electricity travels at the speed of light. That’s more than 186,000 miles per second!
- One flash of lightning could power 1000 houses for a whole year. Lightning lasts one second, but can create up to 3 million volts of electricity.
- English scientist William Gilbert discovered electricity around the year 1600.
- Electric eels can produce strong electric shocks of around 500 volts for both self-defence and hunting.
- A bolt of lightning can measure up to three million (3,000,000) volts (and last less than one second).
This is a Science rap to help you understand the basics for electrical circuits, including series and parallel circuits.
Running time: 4:46
Introduction to Electricity
This video helps children to learn about electricity in a simple and easy way.
Running time: 5:25
How is electricity made?
Two children meet Curious Cat, an animated cat who asks them if they would like to find out how electricity is generated.
Running time: 9:39
How Batteries Work
Even the best batteries will diminish daily, slowly losing capacity until they finally die. Why does this happen, and how do our batteries even store so much charge in the first place?
Running time: 4:19
This series takes readers on a historical journey, examining how electricity works and exploring the ingenious ways that people have controlled and used it throughout the ages.
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