Designed to support a school trip to Isle of Wight Steam Railway
SCIENCE Key Stage 4
Variants: Low Ability students
Kinetic theory and energy transfer
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Students use formulae to discover how energy is transferred from the engine and how much force is transferred from the engine.
This resource is for key stage 4 students who are covering forces and energy as part of the science element of the science (physics) curriculum for all exam boards.
It allows students who visit Isle of Wight Steam Railway to engage with the scientific aspects within this environment.
Students can use formulae to work out the energy transfer between the engine and the carriages. They will also analyse the energy requirements to move the carriages through various sections of the railway line.
Students will present their observations and data using appropriate methods, including tables, showing how they have completed equations.
When on site at the railway, students can complete their practice and answer questions on the sheet as they move around the venue.
This will focus students’ attention on the key areas for learning.
Key Skills Practised
Present observations and data using appropriate methods, including tables
Use of standard equations
Identifying aspects of force, distance and energy transfer
Drawing conclusions from their observations at the railway
Students need to have done some preparatory work on using the equation for calculating the amount of work done by a force, as well as kinetic energy and theories associated with this.
During the Visit
Completion of Science key stage 4 Isle of Wight Steam Railway resource linked to this document
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Step back in time to the golden age of steam at Isle of Wight Steam Railway! A potted history of the Island's railways from Victorian times to the present day.
Follow-up tasks could include: Class discussion of their overall findings at Isle of Wight Steam Railway; Completion of labelled diagrams, PowerPoint slides, or animations showing these examples
Students will be able to demonstrate, practise and consolidate their understanding of the scientific principles identified above.
Students will be able to practise and present observations and data using appropriate methods, including tables whilst using and devising equations.
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