Electronics Lesson 1: Static magic

In this fun lesson, children learn about how static electricity can cause objects to move

Before the lesson

Classroom resources

Learning objectives

  • To understand static electricity

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Investigate and analyse a range of existing products
  • Understand and use electrical systems in their products [for example, series circuits incorporating switches, bulbs, buzzers and motors]

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: Might need a recap of how to generate static electricity or to work with more confident pupils.



Pupils working at greater depth: Challenge these children to find other objects they can charge – such as plastic combs or rulers. See the link: ‘Funsciencedemos- Exploring static electricity’ on Videolink, for more ideas.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progression and understanding


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