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Unit 5. Water, Light, Sound &amp Energy


This unit looks at the movement of water, light and energy. Forces and physical processes that affect objects in our surroundings will be investigated. Pupils are encouraged to consider all forms of water in their environment, its source, cycle, usage and conservation.  The movement of light and sound is also examined and pupils are encouraged to undertake practical experiments to reinforce the learning outcomes. The final section looks at renewable sources of energy and their viability and usage.

Learning Intentions

Pupils are learning

  • Some of the ways people affect/conserve the environment both locally and globally. (Geography - Interdependence)
  • The consequence of change through investigating global issues. (Geography - Change Over Time)
  • Ways in which the use of natural resources through time has affected the local and global environment. (History - Independence)
  • Technological change over time. (History - Interdependence)
  • How forces can affect the movement and distance objects can travel. (Science - Movement & Energy)
  • How sound travels and light shines through some materials. (Science - Movement & Energy)
  • How knowledge in science supports technological inventions.  (Science - Movement & Energy)
  • The uses of energy in a variety of models and machines and ways in which energy is used to create movement.  (Science - Movement & Energy)
  • The formation of shadows and how they change. (Science - Change over time)


  • Knowing the different stages in the journey of a river from source to sea.
  • Understanding how our drinking water is collected and travels to our homes.
  • Understanding that light travels in straight lines.
  • Understanding that light travels faster than sound.
  • Investigating ways of changing sound.
  • Exploring how forces affect how something moves.
  • Recognising different renewable sources of energy.
  • Carrying out hands-on practical activities in Science and Technology, experimenting with different designs, actions and outcomes. (Being Creative)

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