Year 5 Science Video

Our science work in Year 5 has introduced the pupils to the ideas of conduction and insulation. We have learnt that some materials are great conductors, whilst others are good insulators. A material that is a good conductor will be able to allow electricity to flow through it. The opposite can be said of an insulator.

We devised a series of short experiments to help us test which materials are good conductors, and which can be used an insulators. A simple electrical circuit was built consisting of a power source, some wires and a lightbulb. We left a gap in the circuit in which to test our predictions.

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Various materials were then placed in the gap in the circuit to see if they could power the lightbulb. These included a metal strip, tin foil, rubber, paper, copper and a silver coin. If the material was able to carry a flow of electricity and light up the bulb, then we could conclude that it is a good conductor. If not, then then it would be an insulator.

All of the results were carefully logged in our science books. Year 5 were then able to come up with a conclusion to list which materials can conduct, and which can insulate. You can watch some of our science experimentations taking place in the video above.

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