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WIND KS2

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Year Group: 5-6

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Summary of all wind power lessons for Key Stage 2

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This document provides a 'medium term' summary of all the lessons in the wind power series for Key Stage 2. Ideally, you will have time to teach all the lessons over a term, consecutively. This would cover work for Science, Design and Technology and Geography but you will need to ensure that the objectives fit over the current ones you are teaching. Although the plans aim to cover key criteria for these year groups, each school differs and it is the responsibility of the indivdual school to decide how they would like to use them.

However, if you would rather teach a single 'unit' of work for Design and Technology, Geography or Science then you can select one of the shorter replacement units from the list that are linked to the current QCA units. Again, please check you are happy that the key objectives for your school are covered and if you are able to provide any feedback we will gratefully receive this through the website.
A range of pulleys      TTS Resources
Cartoon - About wind turbines      TLCP
Cartoon - Climate Change      TLCP
Cartoon - How wind turbines work      TLCP
Cartoon - What turbines are made of      TLCP
Cartoon - Where should we put wind turbines?      TLCP
Cartoon - Why should we use wind turbines?      TLCP
Cartoon - Wind turbine blades      TLCP
Digital voltmeter      Maplin Electronics
Electric motor (preferably low voltage)      TTS Resources
PowerPoint Carbon Footprint Game      TLCP
PowerPoint Devices to measure the wind      TLCP
PowerPoint How much electricity is used      TLCP
PowerPoint Making a model wind turbine      TLCP
PowerPoint Making more electricity      TLCP
PowerPoint There's more to renewable energy      TLCP
PowerPoint Where does our electricity come from      TLCP
Quiz - About wind turbines      TLCP
Quiz - Climate Change      TLCP
Quiz - How wind turbines work      TLCP
Quiz - What turbines are made of      TLCP
Quiz - Where should we put wind turbines?      TLCP
Quiz - Why should we use wind turbines?      TLCP
Quiz - Wind turbine blades      TLCP
Small pulley      TTS Resources
Spreadsheet - How much electricity are we using      TLCP
Video - About the wind      TLCP
Video - About wind turbines      TLCP
Video - Climate Change      TLCP
Video - How wind is formed      TLCP
Video - How wind turbines work      TLCP
Video - What do wind turbines power?      TLCP
Video - What turbines are made of      TLCP
Video - Where should we put wind turbines      TLCP
Video - Why should we use wind turbines?      TLCP
Video - Wind turbine blades      TLCP
Worksheet An investigation to find the windiest place      TLCP
Worksheet Carbon Footprint Game      TLCP
Worksheet Designing a model wind turbine      TLCP
Worksheet Evaluating a model wind turbine      TLCP
Worksheet Generating more electricity      TLCP
Worksheet How electricity is made      TLCP
Worksheet How much electricity is used      TLCP
Worksheet Land Deed      TLCP
Worksheet Testing a model wind turbine      TLCP
Worksheet There's more to renewable energy      TLCP
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Where the Unit Fits In:

Expectations
at the end of this unit

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Most Children Will:

Understand that most electricity production uses fossil fuels and causes climate change and that there are actions we can take to reduce our energy use. That there are alternative sources of energy in particular wind power that can help to solve the problem.

 

Some children will not have made so much progress and will:

Understand that production of electricity can cause problems but be unable to provide reasons.

Some children will have progressed further and be able to:

Have developed a reasoned opinion about energy use and production and be able to take into account other people's views even though they might be different to their own. They will also understand the limitations of alternative sources of energy and be able to hold a debate on the topic.
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Climate change    Lesson: KS2 Wind 1

Lesson Objectives

To ask scientific questions: how is human energy use affecting planet Earth?

To plan how to answer questions. To understand the terms 'climate change', 'carbon footprint' and 'global warming.'

To decide what kind of evidence to collect. To use video and internet to find out information.

Suggested Activities

  • To learn about climate change - Video Climate Change - Whole Class Activity
  • To understand that we all have a carbon footprint - PowerPoint 'Carbon Footprint Game'
  • Find out about the schools carbon footprint- Group Activity
  • Optional ICT lesson: Investigating on the internet - Group Activity
  • Extension activities - mini dictionary, rap performance, poem or newsflash.

Learning Outcome

Pupils understand some of the ways humans are changing the planet.

They will know how to use ICT to do investigations.


Points to note

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Finding out how much electricity is used    Lesson: KS2 Wind 2a

Lesson Objectives

To learn how to find out how much electricity is used in a school each day.

To make children aware of the role of meters in measuring electricity consumption.

To understand that the amount of electricity used can be monitored by taking meter readings.

Suggested Activities

  • To understand how meters are used to measure our electricity - Wind PowerPoint 4
  • To find out how much electricity the school uses - looking at the school electricity meter
  • Extension activity - Wind Video 9 - What do wind turbines power?

Learning Outcome

Children will understand the function of an electricity meter.

Children will see that different amounts of electricity are used on different days and at different times.


Points to note

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How much electricity are we using this week?    Lesson: KS2 Wind 2b

Lesson Objectives

To learn how to find out how much electricity is used in a school each day.

To demonstrate the role of meters in measuring electricity consumption by taking meter readings.

To understand the relationship between units of electricity, costs and carbon emissions.

To understand the relationship between the amount of electricity used in the school and the carbon footprint exercise carried out in lesson 1 (WW1).

Suggested Activities

  • Using the completed data collection sheet to create a bar chart
  • ICT - Use the Spreadsheet - How much electricity are we using
  • Extension Activity - Spreadsheet cont'd - Electricity cost and carbon emissions

Learning Outcome

This lesson is to make children aware of the role of meters in measuring electricity consumption.

SAFETY: Children will need to be made aware of the potential dangers that surround electrical infrastructure such as meters and fuse boards and that they should only visit these devices with adult supervision.


Points to note

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What changes can we make to the energy we use?    Lesson: KS2 Wind 3

Lesson Objectives

To discuss and identify ways behaviour could be changed to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and help mitigate climate change.

To develop an action plan to reduce and monitor energy use.

To promote the action plan by designing a poster, piece of music, drama or poetry to encourage reduced energy consumption.

Suggested Activities

  • To understand that we can make changes at school to save energy and reduce our carbon footprint
  • To develop an action plan with a creative presentation to encourage people to save energy
  • To understand that the energy we use can be generated using renewable sources.
  • Optional Geography lesson - To find out views on energy use, production and consumption

Learning Outcome

Pupils will design an action plan that is measurable and achieveable.

Pupils will choose a message and explore creative ways of delivering this.

Pupils will evaluate their success or ways of improving their idea


Points to note

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Designing a wind speed measuring device    Lesson: KS2 Wind 4a

Lesson Objectives

To understand how the wind is formed, and that it blows in different directions at different speeds.

To plan an investigation to measure wind speed at various locations.

To make a simple wind measuring device and test it.

Suggested Activities

  • To learn about the wind - Wind Videos, 1 About the Wind or, 2 How wind is formed
  • To understand that there are ways of measuring the wind - PowerPoint 'Devices to measure the wind'
  • To plan an investigation to find the windiest place - Worksheet
  • Make the wind measuring device - Group or Paired Activity
  • Extension Activities - Create a wind rose graph, ready to measure wind direction

Learning Outcome

Suggest practical ideas for assessing the wind strength.


Points to note

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Collecting data by using a wind measuring device    Lesson: KS2 Wind 4b

Lesson Objectives

To collect and record data about wind strength at several locations on the school site.

To recognise patterns in the data collected.

To look critically at the data collected and recognise the limitations of both their own and otherís evidence.

To make a reasoned decision based on the evidence collected.

Suggested Activities

  • Design a record sheet (or finish design started in lesson 3a)
  • Measure the wind speed using the wind measuring device
  • Assess the results collected
  • Identify a single potential site for a wind turbine at school.
  • Extension Activities - newspaper report with photo montage, data presentation ICT, bar charts

Learning Outcome

Collect and record data carefully.
Identify how strongly the results show a trend making particular reference the limitations of the assessment system they have chosen to use.
Suggest reasons for any differences in windiness using scientific knowledge where possible
Draw conclusions recognising limitations in evidence


Points to note

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Designing a model wind turbine    Lesson: KS2 Wind 5a

Lesson Objectives

To understand the basic components in wind turbine design.

To design a table top wind turbine that rotates and generates a small amount of electrical energy.

Suggested Activities

  • To learn about the main parts of a wind turbine - Watch Wind Video 3 About Wind Turbines
  • To understand how to construct a model turbine - PowerPoint 7 Making a Model Wind Turbine
  • To use the ideas discussed to design a turbine - Wind Video 7 - What Turbines Are Made Of
  • Extension Activities - alternative blade designs - Video Clip 8 'Wind Turbine Blades'

Learning Outcome

Planning an enquiry
Pupils:

suggest ideas for investigation e.g. the turbine structure might be stronger if filled with sand or if the blades are light. It might generate more electricity if it is taller with longer blades.


Points to note

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Building a model wind turbine    Lesson: KS2 Wind 5b

Lesson Objectives

To make a model wind turbine.

To understand how the blades are used to turn the motor and generate electricity.

To generate some electricity using your model wind turbine.

Suggested Activities

  • To understand how a wind turbine works - Wind Video 4 How Wind Turbines Work
  • To develop an understanding of the mechanism needed to generate electricity
  • To build a model wind turbine based on their own design

Learning Outcome

Making a wind turbine
Pupils:

recognise that wind turbines work more or less effectively as electricity generators depending on the design of the structure and blades and show this in their designs

create designs that show knowledge of air friction and of relevant properties of materials e.g. different materials may be better blades than others e.g.. Wood/paper/card/plastic


Points to note

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Testing a model wind turbine    Lesson: KS2 Wind 5c

Lesson Objectives

To test wind turbine designs making a series of observations.

To adjust and make modifications to their turbine designs in a systematic way.

Suggested Activities

  • To test the wind turbines using the table top fan
  • Extension activities - decorate blades and tower, design slogan to promote wind power (poem, chant)

Learning Outcome

Collecting and interpreting data
Pupils:

collect and record data carefully
identify how strongly the results show a trend making particular reference to sample size

Explaining results and considering evidence
Pupils:

suggest reasons for any differences in the speed of blades turning depending on materials used using scientific knowledge where possible e.g. the longer, lighter blades turn more quickly in light wind but bend too much in heavier wind.


Points to note

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Improving a model wind turbine    Lesson: KS2 Wind 5d

Lesson Objectives

To know that gears of various kinds are used in some everyday objects.

To use a belt and pulley system to increase the speed of generator rotation in the model turbine.

Suggested Activities

  • To understand rotational speed in a wind turbine - Video 4 How Wind Turbines Work
  • To understand how gear systems work in everyday objects - PowerPoint 'Making more electricity'
  • To learn how to make a model turbine go faster! - PowerPoint 'Making More Electricity'

Learning Outcome

Considering the problem to be solved
Pupils:

test and adjust designs systematically
record ideas describing and explaining designs and adjustments made using scientific knowledge


Points to note

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Assessing a model wind turbine    Lesson: KS2 Wind 5e

Lesson Objectives

To evaluate their wind turbine model and compare with other designs.

To suggest some ways their model could be improved.

To try and establish that useful electricity is being generated.

To know some of the ways their model differs from commercial designs including computer control

Suggested Activities

  • To evaluate turbine designs through discussion
  • To draw an annotated diagram and review (with extended testing session)
  • Extension Activity - Demonstrate the turbine is generating electricity by using buzzers and bulbs
  • Extension Activity - Wind Video 5 - Computer Control

Learning Outcome

Presenting and evaluating the design
Pupils:

evaluate the quality of the final product making suggestions for improvement e.g. adjusting pulleys/gears


Points to note

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There's more to renewable energy than wind power!    Lesson: KS2 Wind 6

Lesson Objectives

To review and consolidate work done on wind energy and test pupils' learning

To enable pupils to research alternative kinds of renewable energy

Suggested Activities

  • To understand there are different types of renewable energy through discussion
  • To test knowledge through a quiz activity - PowerPoint 'There's more to renewable energy'
  • To imagine using renewable energy to create a sustainable life - Worksheet 11 Deed to land plot
  • Extension activities - internet research, report writing, energy debate
  • Optional Maths lesson (linked to 2c How much electricity are we using?) Review school energy use

Learning Outcome

Pupils understand that there are different types of renewable energy.

Pupils have tested their knowledge of renewable energy and applied this to a design or communication task.


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