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QCA Unit:

RENEWABLE ENERGY KS1

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Year Group: 1-2

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Summary of all renewable energy lessons for Key Stage 1

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Weather: The Sun, wind and rain can help us
This unit encourages pupils to think about the weather by creating their own weather recording station and reporting office.

The series of lessons offer opportunities for them to use
Geographical skills - using maps of the local area and finding places
Scientific skills - testing, recording and communicating
Design and Technology skills - designing, making and using objects that capture the wind, Sun and water
Maths - using data and graphs to explain patterns
Literacy - Writing, speaking and listening to views and ideas

At the end of the unit lessons demonstrate that the power of the weather can be used to make electricity.
Cartoon - About light      TLCP
Motors (low voltage)      TTS
PowerPoint Making a wind vane      TLCP
PowerPoint The Sun, wind and rain can help us      TLCP
PowerPoint The Sun, wind and sun can be used to make electricity.ppt      TLCP
PV cells (preferably 2 per pair of pupils)      CAT
Quiz - About light      TLCP
Video - About light      TLCP
Video - About the wind      TLCP
Worksheet Recording wind direction on a wind rose      TLCP
Worksheet The melting test      TLCP
Worksheet The Sun, wind and rain can help us      TLCP
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Where the Unit Fits In:

Expectations
at the end of this unit

Due to the broad spectrum of skills, this unit is not tied to any particular QCA unit. However, it could replace Geography Unit 3 - An island home

Geographical Skills and Enquiry: ask geographical questions, express own views, communicate in different ways, use geographical vocabulary, use globes, maps and plans, use secondary sources, make maps and plans

Knowledge and understanding of place: describe what places are like, compare places

Knowledge and understanding of patterns and processes: observe features

Knowledge and understanding of environmental change and sustainable development: recognise environmental change (This would need developing at the end of the unit)

Most Children Will:

Understand that the Sun, wind and water are important to us and can be used in a variety of ways. That we need to protect ourselves from these elements. That we can use energy from the Sun, wind and water to make things melt or move. Be able to record the weather and understand the information

 

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

Enjoy experiencing the weather and make observations about it

Some children will have progressed further and be able to:

Understand that there is energy in weather and that this can be used to make electricity. That this form of electricity doesn't cause harm to the environment. Use data collected to describe patterns.
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Create a weather report office and weather station    Lesson: KS1/ Foundation - Renewable Energy 1

Lesson Objectives

To find out how the weather is reported.

To understand how the weather affects us.

To understand what a weather report office is and develop ideas to make one.

To understand what a weather station is and develop ideas to make one.

To learn that the weather can help us (by making electricity for the lights, computers etc. that we use)

Suggested Activities

  • Creative Development - Develop a role play area
  • Physical Development - sun, wind & rain - dance, movement and outdoor activities
  • Knowledge and understanding - collect information, effects & variety of weather
  • Language Development - English / Welsh / French or other
  • Mathematical Development - data collection, charts, graphs, calculations
  • Language, literacy and communication - report, listen, write, sing, explain
  • PSHE looking after ourselves in different weathers
  • Extension activities

Learning Outcome

Pupils will understand how weather is described, recorded and reported.

Pupils will use their imagination to explore the role of researcher and presenter.

They will use numeracy, science, language, design and technology and geography skills to explore the weather.


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The Sun, wind and rain can help us    Lesson: KS1/ Foundation - Renewable Energy 2

Lesson Objectives

•To know that the natural elements (sun, wind and rain) can be helpful to us

•To use a local plan or map to locate features which either make use of the wind, rain or sun or which protect us from these elements.

•To know how to look after ourselves in the sun, wind and rain.

Suggested Activities

  • To understand how ‘The Sun, wind and rain can help us’ - PowerPoint
  • Identify features in the locality
  • Position features on a map
  • Extension activity - complete the Worksheet or Find the photo game.
  • Extension activity - Plant some seeds / create a garden

Learning Outcome

Children will be able to describe different types of weather.

They will identify places on a map.

They will understand how the Sun, wind and rain can help us and also how to protect themselves from the weather when necessary.


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Using the wind    Lesson: KS1/ Foundation - Renewable Energy 3

Lesson Objectives

•To identify features that make use of the wind
•To make a simple wind vane and know that the wind is labelled by the direction it blows from.
•To record the results over a period of time on a simple graph.

Suggested Activities

  • To understand what the wind is - watch Wind Video ‘About the wind’
  • Find out which way the wind is blowing: wet finger test
  • To understand how to make a wind vane: PowerPoint Making a wind vane
  • Make a wind vane
  • Test the wind vanes outside
  • Record the wind direction
  • Extension activity - To understand the median points of the compass

Learning Outcome

Children will understand that the wind moves some objects and not others.

Children will be able to measure the wind direction through a wind vane they have made.


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The Sun, shade and dark game    Lesson: KS1/ Foundation - Renewable Energy 4

Lesson Objectives

•To understand that light comes from a variety of sources, including the Sun
•To take part in a simple survey
•To use a large scale plan and symbols to record observations

Suggested Activities

  • To learn about the sun as the main source of light - Video clip ‘About Light'
  • Find out the sunny, shady and dark places around school
  • Mark places on a map
  • Play the light, shade and dark game
  • Extension activity - Challenge: When do we need light, shade and / or dark?
  • Animals that prefer the daylight or the dark night

Learning Outcome

Children will be able to locate sunny, dark and shady places around school and on a map.


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The melting test    Lesson: KS1/ Foundation - Renewable Energy 5

Lesson Objectives

•To understand that heat comes from a variety of sources, including the Sun
•To know that the Sun’s energy can be collected and used to heat objects up.
•To design a simple experiment to find out which place has most heat from the Sun

Suggested Activities

  • Design an experiment to find out the best environment for melting chocolate, ice or ice cream
  • Carry out the experiment in pairs or small groups - Worksheet The melting test
  • Assess the results of the experiment
  • Extension activity - Complete page 2 of the Worksheet The melting chocolate test
  • Extension activity - Learn about the Sun as the main source of light - Video clip - About Light

Learning Outcome

Children will understand that the Sun provides heat and can be used to melt ice, chocolate or ice cream.


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The Sun, wind and rain can be used to make electricity    Lesson: KS1/ Foundation - Renewable Energy 6

Lesson Objectives

•To understand the effects of different weather.

•To begin to understand that different weather can be used to make electricity.

•To explore how the Sun, wind and rain can be used in the school grounds.

Suggested Activities

  • To understand that ‘The Sun, wind and rain can be used to make electricity’ - PowerPoint
  • Encourage exploration, creativity and fun with water
  • Encourage exploration, creativity and fun with the Sun
  • Encourage exploration, creativity and fun with the wind

Learning Outcome

Children will know that the Sun, wind and rain can be used to make electricity.


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