Lesson Sequence

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P1 part 1 P1 Lesson 2 Energy transfers, Sankey diagrams and Efficiency. P1 Lesson 5 Evaporation and Condensation
Year 9 Y9 Energy Lesson 4&5 Assignment 1 P1 Lesson 8&9 Emission of Infra Red radiation

Learning outcomes and Specification referenceEdit

P1.1.3 Energy transfer by heating P1 Lesson 3&4 Conduction and Convection
a The transfer of energy by conduction and convection involves particles, and how this transfer takes place. Understand in simple terms how the arrangement and movement of particles determine whether material is a conductor or insulator.
Understand the role of free electrons in conduction through a metal.
Use the idea of particles moving apart to make a fluid less dense and to explain simple applications of convection.

Full Specification TextEdit

a) The transfer of energy by conduction, convection, evaporation and condensation involves particles,
and how this transfer takes place.

Starter ActivitiesEdit

  • Worksheet for starter acitivty. Students plot a graph of the mass of air as it is heated. Graphing skills.File:Mass of Air.doc
  • Light a match and hold it up in front of the projector to show the convection current

Activities to introduce new ideasEdit

Activities to practice applying new knowledgeEdit

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Practical activitiesEdit


  • Class to test the warmth of a wooden block and an aluminium block and note down their observations (will probably find that the wood feels warmer than the metal). Class make a prediction about which block will melt an ice cube the quickest. Then to test by putting the ice cube on the block and timing the melting. Class to explain why the metal feels cold but melts the ice quicker than the wood. Ideas about the efficiency of metal as a conductor compared to wood. A video of this experiment from STEM centre
  • Fill a large bin bag with hot air from a fan heater and allow it to rise to the ceiling
  • Tape along two edges of a plastic dust sheet to create a huge plastic bag. Fill with hot air from a fan heater and allow students to stand inside
  • Teabag hot air balloons. A video that explains how to perform the demonstration.

Class practicalsEdit

  • Put a match as close as possible to a bunsen burner. why does it not light ? Air as an insulator
  • In a boiling tube of water have an ice cube at the bottom held down by a small metal gauze. Heat top so it boils and ice still remains. Water as a poor conductor


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References to lessons and resources in commercial schemesEdit

Nelson ThornesEdit


Harper CollinsEdit