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Learning Resources for Westmill Windfarm and Solar Park

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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 by a Red 1 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.

Click here to view and download Resources for the Solar Park

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. Advantages and disadvantages of wind generated electricity 3,4 All 1 Guide, Follow Up
2. Debate advantages and disadvantages of wind farms 2,3,4 1 Guide, Follow Up
3. Dispelling wind myths 3,4, T 1 Guide, Follow Up
4. Environmental Effects of Windfarm jnr 1,2 1 1 Guide, Follow Up
5. Environmental Effects of Windfarm snr 2,3 1 1 Guide, Follow Up
  Construction Process  
8. Construction Process Labels to order 2 1 1 Off-site
9. Construction Process Labels to cut & order 1,2 1 Off-site
10. Construction Process Photographs 1,2 1 1 Off-site
11. Construction Photographs Answers Teacher 1 Off-site
  Facts about Windfarm  
21. Westmill Windfarm - Key Facts and Figures All 1 All
27. Features of Wind Farm Site record 2,3,4 1 Guide, Follow-up
12. Distribution of electricity All 1 All
13. Wind Farm Fact and figures recording exercise snr 3,4 1 1 1 Guide
14. Wind Farm Fact and figures answers snr Teacher 1 Follow-up
15. Wind Farm Fact and figures recording exercise jnr 2 1 1 1 Guide
16. Wind Farm Fact and figures answers jnr Teacher 1 Follow-up
  How a Turbine Works  
17. How a turbine works explanation linked to 'Inside a nacelle' 20 2,3,4,T 1 1 All
18. Inside a turbine: cut and sort exercise 2,3 1 Off-site
20. Inside a Nacelle with labels 2,3,4 1 All
19. Inside a Nacelle without labels exercise 2,3 1 1 1 Follow up
  Measure turbines, wind & noise  
23. Measure turbine dimensions 2,3,4 1 1 On-Site
24. Measure wind speed and direction 2,3,4 1 1 On-site
7. Energy Conversion from Wind by Wind Turbines 4,T 1 1 All
22. Wind roses 3,4,T 1 All
6. Noise: Assess & Measure Turbine and Ambient Sounds & compare with other noise levels 2,3,4 1 1 1 All
  Weather  
25. Weather observation with a link to a cloud resource 2,3,4 1 1 On-Site
  Making  
28. Make a weather vane 2,3 1 1 Follow-up, Off-Site
29. Make a wind harp 1,2,3 1 1 Off-site
30. Make a wind-sock to record wind direction at school 1,2 1 1 Follow-up, Off-Site
  Debating  
31. Debate bubbles 1,2 1 1 Follow-up, Off-Site
32. Debate on wind farm 2,3,4 1 1 Follow-up, Off-site
  Language skills  
33. High Five 1,2 1 1 Follow-up, Off-Site
34. Letter writing to support or disagree with a windfarm development 1 1 Follow-up, Off-site
35. Acrostic 2,3 1 1 Follow-up, Off-Site
36. Poetry Ancient and Modern 2,3 1 1 Follow-up, Off-site
37. A Sound Poem (based on sounds heard on-site) 2,3 1 1 Follow-up, Off-Site
38. Shape Poem 1,2 1 1 1 Follow-up, Off-site
39. Tall Tales 2,3 1 1 Follow-up, Off-Site
40. What Am I? 2,3 1 1 Follow-up, Off-site
41. What's in a Name? 2,3 1 1 Follow-up, Off-Site
42. Wind word search A 2,3 1 1 Follow-up, Off-site
43. Wind word search A answers 2,3 1 Teacher
  Games  
44. Fragile Earth game (reinforcing concepts of saving energy and reducing our carbon footprint) 1,2,3 1 1 Guide, Follow-up, Off-Site
45. Wind and Coal game (reinforcing concepts of saving energy and reducing our carbon footprint) 1 1 Guide, Follow-up, Off-site

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Wind farm location: Westmill Wind Farm, Watchfield, Swindon, SN6 8TH Tel No: 07826 766160 - beside A420 and off B4508