Electric vehicles lesson plan 7-11s

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: 7-11s
  • Subjects: Science, Environment & society
  • Topics: Transport

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Number - addition and subtraction

Pupils should be taught to:

  • solve problems, deciding which operations and methods to use and why


Human and physical geography

Pupils should be taught to describe and understand key aspects of:

  • human geography, including: types of settlement and land use, economic activity including trade links, and the distribution of natural resources including energy, food, minerals and water


Numeracy and mathematics

Number, money and measure

  • Having determined which calculations are needed, I can solve problems involving whole numbers using a range of methods, sharing my approaches and solutions with others. (MNU 2-03a)

Information handling

  • Having discussed the variety of ways and range of media used to present data, I can interpret and draw conclusions from the information displayed, recognising that the presentation may be misleading. (MNU 2-20a)

Social Studies

People, place and environment

  • I can discuss the environmental impact of human activity and suggest ways in which we can live in a more environmentally-responsible way. (SOC 2-08a)
  • Having explored the ways journeys can be made, I can consider the advantages and disadvantages of different forms of transport, discussing their impact on the environment. (SOC 2-09a)




Solve mathematical problems

Pupils should be given opportunities to:

  • select and use the appropriate mathematics, materials, units of measure and resources to solve problems in a variety of contexts
  • identify, obtain and process information needed to carry out the work
  • develop their own mathematical strategies and ideas and consider those of others
  • try different approaches; use a variety of strategies, sequences of operation and methods of calculating


Handling data

Pupils should be given opportunities to:

  • use and present data in a variety of ways including tables, pictograms, charts, bar charts, line graphs, diagrams, text and ICT



Locating places, environments and patterns

Pupils should be given opportunities to:

  • use maps, imagery and ICT to find and present locational information


Pupils should be given opportunities to study:

  • living in my world: caring for places and environments and the importance of being a global citizen

Northern Ireland

Mathematics and Numeracy

Processes in Mathematics

Making and monitoring decisions

Pupils should be enabled to:

  • develop a range of strategies for problem solving, looking for ways to overcome difficulties

Handling Data Collecting, Representing and Interpreting Data

Pupils should be enabled to:

  • interpret a wide range of tables, lists, graphs and diagrams
  • explain their work orally and / or through writing and draw conclusions

The World Around Us


Pupils should be enabled to explore:

the effect of people on the natural and built environment over time


Pupils should be enabled to explore:

  • positive and negative effects of natural and human events upon place over time

Change over Time

Pupils should be enabled to explore:

  • the effects of positive and negative changes globally and how we contribute to some of these changes