Electric vehicles lesson plan 4-7s

Discuss the environmental pros and cons of electric vehicles over traditional vehicles. In this activity students learn how electric vehicles operate and work out how often they need to be charged.

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  • Age groups: 4-7s
  • Subjects: Science, Environment & society
  • Topics: Transport

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Working scientifically

Pupils should be taught to:

  • ask simple questions and recognise that they can be answered in different ways
  • gather and record data to help in answering questions.


Numeracy and mathematics

Number, money and measure

  • I have experimented with everyday items as units of measure to investigate and compare sizes and amounts in my environment, sharing my findings with others. (MNU 0-11a)
  • I can estimate how long or heavy an object is, or what amount it holds, using everyday things as a guide, then measure or weigh it using appropriate instruments and units. (MNU 1-11a)


Forces, electricity and waves

  • Through everyday experiences and play with a variety of toys and other objects, I can recognise simple types of forces and describe their effects. (SCN 0-07a)
  • By investigating forces on toys and other objects, I can predict the effect on the shape or motion of objects. (SCN 1-07a)



Space, shape and measures

Understanding and using measures

Pupils should be taught to:

  • compare and order objects, and events in time, using appropriate language, by direct comparison, and then using common non-standard and standard units of length, mass and capacity
  • choose and use simple measuring instruments, reading and interpreting numbers and scales with some accuracy


Physical processes

Forces and Motion

Pupils should be taught:

  • to describe the movement of familiar things
  • that a push or pull can make something speed up, slow down or change direction

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Mathematics and Numeracy


Pupils should be enabled to:

  • know and use the most commonly used units to measure in purposeful contexts
  • choose and use simple measuring instruments, reading and interpreting them with reasonable accuracy

The World Around Us

Movement and Energy

Children are learning:

  • that the strength of a push or pull can make things speed up or move more slowly (Science & Technology)