Electrical systems: Electronic cards

Electrical systems builds on pupils' knowledge of how to incorporate electrical circuits into products from Year 4. Children explore how circuits can be adapted to suit different purposes. They will explore flat circuits using graphite or tape. They also design and create light-up greetings cards in accordance with their own design criteria. *** NEW Knowledge organiser***

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Lesson 1: Graphite circuits

In this practical lesson, pupils explore making circuits using graphite as a conductor and draw circuit diagrams with symbols


Lesson 2: Card design

Pupils design a greeting card with a working circuit, accurately labelling the positive and negative parts of the battery


Lesson 3: Making the card

Pupils create the main body of their greeting cards, referring to their design criteria as they work and mapping out where their circuits will go


Lesson 4: Adding the circuit

In this final lesson of the topic, pupils make functioning circuits and integrate them into their greetings cards