Will Wind Work? - lesson plan 11-14s

Discover the mechanics of a wind turbine and consider the benefits of this energy source. Carry out a school survey, collect data and evaluate it to see if there is a potential site for a wind turbine. Explore opportunities in the local community for fundraising and awareness events.

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  • Age groups: 11-14s
  • Subjects: Citizenship
  • Topics: Energy

Curriculum links



Teaching should develop pupils’ understanding of democracy, government and the rights and responsibilities of citizens. Pupils should use and apply their knowledge and understanding whilst developing skills to research and interrogate evidence, debate and evaluate viewpoints, present reasoned arguments and take informed action.


Environmental Studies


Personal and Social Development:

  • Social Development – Statement – Inter-Personal Relationships
  • Independence and Interdependence – Natural World; Life Cycles; Conservation (Level E/F)


Personal and Social Education

Environmental Aspect

Pupils should understand:

  • the key issues of sustainable development, including actions that will improve the quality of life now without damaging the planet for the future
  • the interdependence of global systems and the effects of natural processes and human development

Emotional Aspect

Pupils should:

  • know how to resolve conflict and negotiate agreement

Northern Ireland

Environment and Society

Personal Development

Developing Pupils as Contributors to Society

  • develop an understanding of how people in different places interact with their environment

Learning for Life and Work

Personal Development

Pupils should be informed about playing an active and meaningful part in the life of the community and be concerned about the wider environment.

Local and Global Citizenship Unit

  • investigate in various ways to participate in school and society
  • investigate an issue from a range of viewpoints and suggest action that might be taken to improve or resolve the situation, for example, how to enhance an existing play area; design a community garden, environmental activities

Language and Literacy


Pupils should be informed about using ICT to create, organise, refine and present ideas combining text, sound, or graphics, for example, create an electronic