Learning resources

Learning Resources for Westmill Windfarm and Solar Park

All Free to download (scroll down for lists)

The Education team have developed over 50 learning resources to enhance students’ learning experience. They have been designed to suit a variety of ages from age 6 to adult and we have suggested relevant stages. However, your choice will depend on your students’ interests, capabilities and priorities.

In the resource lists, we have indicated whether the material gives information, involves student activity and if there is a recording sheet included. Some are suited to working off-site, ( at home or in the classroom), most are useful on-site: some with a guide, some can be teacher-led but with a guide present. The lists show whether it is most suited to preparation before a visit, use during a visit, follow-up after a visit or to enhance distance learning. For a site visit, please print relevant copies, indicated in Red for your group to bring.

Several groups have found it useful to have half their class with the guide and half on a teacher-led activity and then swapping. Clip-boards are very helpful.

To download a resource, click on the number in the left column.

On-site equipment

We provide equipment, including:

  • compasses, anemometers, decibel meters and photographs for windfarm guided visits.
  • solar panel with voltmeter solar power meter and a solar powered train-set.

 

Learning Resources – WindFarm
Resource Number Learning Resource/Activity Suitable for
Key Stage/
Tertiary/All
Information Activity Record Sheet Recommended Use:
Guide, Off-site, Follow Up
On-site teacher led
All uses
  Windfarm and the environment  
1. Download Advantages and disadvantages of wind generated electricity 3,4 All     1 Guide, Follow Up
2. Download Debate advantages and disadvantages of wind farms 2,3,4   1   Guide, Follow Up
3. Download Dispelling wind myths 3,4, T 1     Guide, Follow Up
4. Download Environmental Effects of Windfarm junior 1,2   1 1 Guide, Follow Up
5. Download Environmental Effects of Windfarm senior 2,3   1 1 Guide, Follow Up
  Construction Process  
8. Download Construction Process Labels to order 2   1 1 Off-site
9. Download Construction Process Labels to cut & order 1,2   1   Off-site
10. Download Construction Process Photographs 1,2 1 1   Off-site
11. Download Construction Photographs Answers Teacher 1     Off-site
  Facts about Windfarm  
21. Download Westmill Windfarm – Key Facts and Figures All 1     All
27. Download Features of Wind Farm Site record 2,3,4     1 Guide, Follow-up
12. Download Distribution of electricity All 1     All
13. Download Wind Farm Fact and figures recording exercise snr 3,4 1 1 1 Guide
14. Download Wind Farm Fact and figures answers snr Teacher 1     Follow-up
15. Download Wind Farm Fact and figures recording exercise jnr 2 1 1 1 Guide
16. Download Wind Farm Fact and figures answers jnr Teacher 1     Follow-up
  How a Turbine Works  
17. Download How a turbine works explanation linked to ‘Inside a nacelle’ 20 2,3,4,T 1 1   All
18. Download Inside a turbine: cut and sort exercise 2,3   1   Off-site
20. Download Inside a Nacelle with labels 2,3,4 1     All
19. Download Inside a Nacelle without labels exercise 2,3 1 1 1 Follow up
  Measure turbines, wind & noise  
23. Download Measure turbine dimensions 2,3,4   1 1 On-Site
24. Download Measure wind speed and direction 2,3,4   1 1 On-site
7. Download Energy Conversion from Wind by Wind Turbines 4,T 1 1   All
22. Download Wind roses 3,4,T 1     All
6. Download Noise: Assess & Measure Turbine and Ambient Sounds & compare with other noise levels 2,3,4 1 1 1 All
  Weather  
25. Download Weather observation with a link to a cloud resource 2,3,4   1 1 On-Site
  Making  
28. Download Make a weather vane 2,3 1 1   Follow-up, Off-Site
29. Download Make a wind harp 1,2,3 1 1   Off-site
30. Download Make a wind-sock to record wind direction at school 1,2 1 1   Follow-up, Off-Site
  Debating  
31. Download Debate bubbles 1,2   1 1 Follow-up, Off-Site
32. Download Debate on wind farm 2,3,4 1 1   Follow-up, Off-site
  Language skills  
33. Download High Five 1,2 1 1   Follow-up, Off-Site
34. Download Letter writing to support or disagree with a windfarm development   1 1   Follow-up, Off-site
35. Download Acrostic 2,3   1 1 Follow-up, Off-Site
36. Download Poetry Ancient and Modern 2,3 1 1   Follow-up, Off-site
37. Download A Sound Poem (based on sounds heard on-site) 2,3 1 1   Follow-up, Off-Site
38. Download Shape Poem 1,2 1 1 1 Follow-up, Off-site
39. Download Tall Tales 2,3 1 1   Follow-up, Off-Site
40. Download What Am I? 2,3 1 1   Follow-up, Off-site
41. Download What’s in a Name? 2,3 1 1   Follow-up, Off-Site
42. Download Wind word search A 2,3   1 1 Follow-up, Off-site
43. Download Wind word search A answers 2,3   1   Teacher
  Games  
44. Download Fragile Earth game (reinforcing concepts of saving energy and reducing our carbon footprint) 1,2,3 1 1   Guide, Follow-up, Off-Site
45. Download Wind and Coal game (reinforcing concepts of saving energy and reducing our carbon footprint)   1 1   Guide, Follow-up, Off-site
Learning Resources – Solar Park
Resource Number Learning Resource/Activity Suitable for
Key Stage/
Tertiary/All
Information Activity Record Sheet Recommended Use:
Guide, Off-site, Follow Up
On-site teacher led
All uses
  Facts about Solar Park  
60. Download Solar Farm Facts and Figures 3,4, T, Adult  1     Guide, Follow Up
64. Download Solar Park Energy Production 3,4,T, All  1     Guide, Follow Up
69. Download Environmental Effects of Solar Farm 1,2    1  1 Guide, Follow Up
  Importance of the sun  
61. Download Sun web of life exercise 2,3,4    1  1 Off-site
62. Download Sun web of life worksheet for printing 2,3,4  1  1   Off-site
63. Download Sun web of life completed & a question 2,3,4  1  1   Off-site
  Collecting energy from the sun  
65. Download Collecting energy from the sun – thermal collectors 1,2    1   Off-Site
66. Download Collecting energy from the sun – thermal insulators 1,2    1   Off-Site
67. Download Collecting energy from the sun – thermal conductors 1,2    1   Off-Site
68. Download Record table for solar panel meter readings 3,4,T, All  1  1  1 Guide