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Changing circuits

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Curriculum relevance

England

Key Stage 2
Programme of study: Science
Sc4 Physical processes; Electricity
• 1a: to construct circuits, incorporating a battery or power supply and a range of switches, to make electrical devices work
• 1b: how changing the number or type of components in a series circuit can make bulbs brighter or dimmer
• 1c: how to represent series circuits by drawings and conventional symbols
QCA scheme of work primary science unit 6G: Changing circuits

Wales

Key Stage 2
Programme of study: Science
Physical processes; Electricity
• 1.1: that a complete conducting circuit, including a battery or power supply, is needed for a current to flow to make electrical devices work
• 1.2: to investigate how switches can be used to control electrical devices in simple series and parallel arrangements
• 1.3: that the brightness of bulbs can be controlled by altering the current
• 1.4: ways of varying the current in a circuit, including changing the power supply, and changing the length of conductor in a circuit
• 1.5: how to represent simple circuits by drawings and diagrams
Northern Ireland

Key Stage 2
Programme of study: Science and technology
Physical processes; Electricity
• b: construct simple circuits using components, such as switches, bulbs and batteries
• d: investigate the effects of varying current in a circuit to make bulbs brighter or dimmer
Scotland

Environmental studies: 5-14 National guidelines
Science; Energy and forces; Properties and uses of energy
• Level C: construct simple battery-operated circuits, identifying the main components
• Level D: construct a series circuit following diagrams using conventional symbols
• Level D: describe the effect of changing the number of components in a series circuit

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