Will Wind Work? - lesson plan 7-11s

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: 7-11s
  • Subjects: Citizenship
  • Topics: Energy

Curriculum links


(National Curriculum)


Working scientifically

Pupils should be taught to make systematic and careful observations and, where appropriate, take accurate measurements using standard units, using a range of equipment, including thermometers and data loggers.


Pupils should be taught to:

  • understand computer networks including the internet; how they can provide multiple services, such as the world wide web; and the opportunities they offer for communication and collaboration
  • select, use and combine a variety of software (including internet services) on a range of digital devices to design and create a range of programs, systems and content that accomplish given goals, including collecting, analysing, evaluating and presenting data and information

Art & Design

Pupils should be taught to create sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas.


Health Education

Social Health (Level C/D)

Personal and Social Development

Personal development

Statement – Self esteem

Social Development

  • Statement – interpersonal relationships
  • Independence and Interdependence (Level C/D)

Expressive Arts

Art and Design

  • Expressing Feelings
  • Ideas, Thoughts and Solutions – Creating and Designing (Level C/D)

Environmental Studies

Social Subjects

  • People and Place
  • Knowledge and Understanding
  • Human-physical Interactions (Level C/D)



Scientific Enquiry

3.1 – 3.4, 3.8, 3.10 – 3.11



2.1 – 2.3

Information Technology

Communicating and Handling Information

1.1 – 1.4

Personal and Social Education

Environmental Aspect

  • know how the environment can be affected by human activity
  • understand how conflict can rise from different views about environmental issues

Northern Ireland

Learning for Life and Work

Personal Development

Pupils should be informed about:

  • how to sustain their health, growth, and wellbeing
  • coping safely and efficiently with their environment

The Arts

Art and Design

Pupils should be enabled to:

  • investigate and respond to direct sensory experience, memory, imagination, reference materials and resources
  • use a range of materials, tools, and processes to realise their ideas and intentions to include: drawing and painting, three-dimensional construction

The World Around Us


Pupils should be informed about some of the ways people affect/conserve the environment both locally and globally.

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.

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 presentation.