Science KS1: Conductors and insulators

This short film introduces pupils to conductors and insulators. It investigates how heat and electricity are transferred or not through different materials and illustrates the role that molecules play in this process.

After investigating how heat can be transferred effectively, the film 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 film.

Teacher Notes

This short film 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 film, 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:
After watching the film, you could work with pupils to investigate conductors and insulators in the context of your classroom.

Can pupils 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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The human body
Keeping my body healthy
Animal life cycles
The food chain
Plant life cycles
How does sound travel?