Renewable Energy Lesson Plans

Free environmnetal education lesson plans for teachers and children based on 'Climate Change and Renewable Energy Sources' to help people in the community create long term environmental sustainability

Energy 1 - Climate Change - Cause & Effect

Geography/Science UKS2 - N.C Links: Geography; physical and human, compare and contrast. Science; UKS2. English; speaking and listening using tone and intonation. Outcomes. Most pupils will: Have an increased understanding of what climate change is and how it is affecting them and the environment; Recognise how people around the world are affected by climate change in different ways.

Energy 2 - Where does energy comes from?

Supports Science LKS2 - N.C Links: Science Y4 Living Things 3, Y4 States of Matter 1, Y4 Electricity 1, Y5 Properties of Materials 1 

Outcomes. Most pupils will: have an increased understanding of what energy is and where it comes from; have an increased awareness of what we use energy for; begin to recognise the link between energy use and climate change.

Energy 3 - Renewable Energy Part 1

Supports Science L/UKS2 - N.C Links: Y3 Light 2, Y4 Electricity 4, Y5 Earth and Space 4, Y6 Electricity 1,2 and 3.

Outcomes. identify the five sources of renewable energy; identify the two types of solar energy: heat and light; successfully build a circuit using a solar panel.

Energy 4 - Renewable Energy Part 2

Supports Science UKS2 - N.C Links: English Spoken Language. Articulate and justify answers, arguments and opinions. Consider and evaluate different viewpoints, attending to and building on the contributions of others. Participate in discussions, presentations, performances, role play, improvisations and debates. Key Stage 2 Year 5 and 6. Ask questions to improve understanding. Distinguish between statements of fact and opinion.

Explain and discuss their understanding of what they have read, including through formal presentations and debates. Provide reasoned justifications for views. Geography Key Stage 2. Describe and understand key aspects of human geography, including: types of settlement and land use, economic activity including trade links, and the distribution of natural resources including energy, food, minerals and water.

Outcomes: To think about the advantages and disadvantages of wind farm developments. To work cooperatively with a team. To write and perform in role, from the viewpoint of someone else. To participate in a debate successfully.

Energy 5 - Wind Turbines

Supports Science L/UKS2 - N.C Links: Science planning different types of scientific enquiries to answer questions, including recognising and controlling variables where necessary. Taking measurements, using a range of scientific equipment, with increasing accuracy and precision, taking repeat readings when appropriate. Using test results to make predictions to set up further comparative and fair tests. Reporting and presenting findings from enquiries, including conclusions, causal relationships and explanations of and degree of trust in results, in oral and written forms such as displays and other presentations. Identifying scientific evidence that has been used to support or refute ideas or arguments. Identify the effects of air resistance, and friction that act between moving surfaces DT. Recognise that some mechanisms, including levers, pulleys and gears, allow a smaller force to have a greater effect.

Outcomes: Work as a team to build a model wind turbine. Experiment with different blade designs, changing size, shape, material or amount of blades.  Explain why your wind turbine designs were good or bad.

Energy 6 - Solar Energy

Supports Science L/UKS2 N.C Links: Science: Y3 Light 1;Y4 Living things 3; Y4 Electricity 2, 3, 4; Y5 Earth and Space 4 Geography: Location knowledge 1; Human Geography 1

L.O: I can show my understanding of solar power / Outcomes: begin to recognise how solar power can be used to help people around the world

Energy 7 - Consolidation & Reflection

Supports Science L/UKS2 N.C Links: Science: Y3 Light 1;Y4 Living things 3; Y4 Electricity 2, 3, 4; Y5 Earth and Space 4 Geography: Location knowledge 1; Human Geography 1 

Outcomes: Begin to recognise how solar power can be used to help people around the world