Lesson 2: Series circuits

Children learn about series circuits and the corresponding circuit diagrams. They explore a series circuit using standard components and then one that uses components fit for paper applications such as a greeting card.

Before the lesson

Classroom resources

Learning objective

  • To experiment and construct a functional series circuit.


National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • 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: Use slide 6 to match the physical components to the circuit symbols on the board. Can use the Activity: Cut-out circuit diagrams for the children to copy onto their own Activity: Series circuit – Learning journey. Can use the Activity: Copper tape series circuit placement guide to help them place the copper tape.


Pupils working at greater depth: The children add arrows to show the direction of the current flow from positive to negative on the first tile of their learning journey. Should include labels on all circuit diagrams drawn on the Activity: Series-circuit – Learning journey.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


Created by:
Rebecca Walsh,  
Design & Technology specialist
Rebecca is a passionate Design and technology specialist with seven years of experience delivering and leading the subject. Rebecca has previously taught across all of the D&T curriculum strands, including STEM clubs and extra-curricular activities such as RAF Project X,…
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