Science KS1: Conductors and insulators

This video gives pupils the opportunity to explore what a conductor and insulator is, in a real life context.

The video investigates how heat is transferred through materials and the role that molecules have as part of this process.

After investigating how heat can be transferred effectively, the video moves to explore insulators and how these can shield the heat transfer.

Central to these concepts is the role of different materials, and this is also explored in the video.

Teacher Notes

This video is an ideal tool to support pupils in discussing what a conductor and insulator is.

Pupils can discuss and explore how the movement of molecules happens through watching the clip and then think about how this can be transferred into other situations.

Pupils can discuss how they can find out more about conductors and insulators through planning a Science investigation themselves.

Points for discussion: · What is a conductor?
· What is an insulator?
· How can heat be transferred from one material to another?
· How can we stop or reduce heat being transferred?

Suggested activities:
Following use of the video, teachers can work with their pupils to investigate conductors and insulators in the context of their classrooms.

Can they plan and carry out an investigation to find out how they can increase of decrease the ability of heat to travel from one material to another.

To do this, they will need to consider equipment needed and also make predictions to then find out if they were correct.

Curriculum Notes

This short film is relevant for teaching Science at KS1 in England and Wales, Foundation and KS1 in Northern Ireland and Early and 1st Level in Scotland.

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