Calculating the wind learning journey

A photo of a wind turbine against the sky

The Calculating the wind learning journey is for learning and teaching relating to the learning context of using wind as a source of renewable energy.

In this journey, learners build up knowledge and skills through a curriculum focus on mathematics. The lesson ideas allow them to see the purpose and relevance of learning about applying mathematics in context. Learners apply these investigative skills to gain insights into how mathematics can inform aspects of engineering.

This learning context would provide rich opportunities for planning with other departments for interdisciplinary learning such as technologies and sciences.

There are rich opportunities to work with partners in this journey by inviting in a STEM ambassador or someone from a local business to help learners gain insights into the world of work.

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Experiences and outcomes explored

Mathematics > Number, money and measure > Patterns and relationships > MTH 4-13a
Having explored how real-life situations can be modelled by number patterns, I can establish a number sequence to represent a physical or pictorial pattern, determine a general formula to describe the sequence, then use it to make evaluations and solve related problems.

Mathematics > Shape, position and movement > Properties of 2D shapes and 3D objects > MTH 4-16b
Having investigated the relationships between the radius, diameter, circumference and area of a circle, I can apply my knowledge to solve related problems.

Languages > Literacy and English > Writing > Organising and using information > LIT 4-26a
By considering the type of text I am creating, I can independently select ideas and relevant information for different purposes, and organise essential information or ideas and any supporting detail in a logical order. I can use suitable vocabulary to communicate effectively with my audience.

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    A short film exploring how energy is produced from wind, waves and tides in Scotland.

  • Renewables interactive

    Online activity to enhance learners' understanding of the importance of renewable energy to replace fossil fuels in generating electricity.

  • Supporting resources for Calculating the wind

    Supporting resources for the lesson ideas in the Calculating the wind learning journey.

  • Engineering challenges

    The context for these challenges is that of a small community living on an island and its efforts to turn to renewable sources of energy.