Wind watch lesson plan 4-7s

Learn more about wind as an energy source and how to measure it in a fun, practical way by constructing your own windmills. Our Will Wind Work Lesson Plan, works well as a follow up session where students further investigate the possibility of having a wind turbine at school.

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  • Age groups: 4-7s
  • Subjects: Geography
  • Topics: Energy

Curriculum links


Design and Technology

When designing and making, pupils should be taught to:



  • Select from and use a wide range of materials and components, including construction materials, textiles and ingredients, according to their characteristics
  • Select from and use a range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks [for example, cutting, shaping, joining and finishing]


  • Evaluate their ideas and products against design criteria


Geographical skills and fieldwork

Human and physical geography

Pupils should be taught to:

  • use basic geographical vocabulary to refer to key physical feature



Craft, design, engineering and graphics contexts for developing technological skills and knowledge

  • Through discovery and imagination, I can develop and use problem-solving strategies to construct models. (TCH 1-14a / TCH 2-14a)
  • Having evaluated my work, I can adapt and improve, where appropriate, through trial and error or by using feedback. (TCH 1-14b / TCH 2-14b)

Social Studies

People, place and environment

  • While learning outdoors in differing weathers, I have described and recorded the weather, its effects and how it makes me feel. (SOC 0-12a)
  • By using a range of instruments, I can measure and record the weather and can discuss how weather affects my life. (SOC 1-12a)


Design and Technology

Knowledge and understanding

Pupils should be given opportunities to:

  • Pupils should be taught that materials behave in different ways, e.g. strength, flexibility, and use this knowledge to make simple products.



  • Pupils should be taught to assemble and join materials and components.


Geographical enquiry and skills

In undertaking geographical enquiry, pupils should be taught to:

  • observe and record
  • express their own views about people, places and environments

Knowledge and understanding of places

When studying places, pupils should be given opportunities to:

  • Collect and record information
  • Communicate ideas, information and their opinions

When using geographical enquiry skills, pupils should be taught to:

  • Observe and collect information in the field e.g. look at and record different types of weather.

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The World Around Us

Science and technology

Being creative:

  • experiment with ideas and use different ways of joining materials, for example, explore moving parts and incorporate them appropriately in what they make


Pupils should be enabled to explore:

  • the seasonal changes in weather in their locality and how this affects how people live and work