National and global energy resources

4.1.3 National and global energy resources


The main energy resources available for use on Earth include: fossil fuels (coal, oil and gas), nuclear fuel, biofuel, wind, hydro-electricity, geothermal, the tides, the Sun and water waves.

A renewable energy resource is one that is being (or can be) replenished as it is used.

The uses of energy resources include: transport, electricity generation and heating.

Students should be able to:

  • describe the main energy sources available
  • distinguish between energy resources that are renewable and energy resources that are non-renewable
  • compare ways that different energy resources are used, the uses to include transport, electricity generation and heating
  • understand why some energy resources are more reliable than others
  • describe the environmental impact arising from the use of different energy resources
  • explain patterns and trends in the use of energy resources. Descriptions of how energy resources are used to generate electricity
  • are not required.
  • Students should be able to:
    • consider the environmental issues that may arise from the use of different energy resources
    • show that science has the ability to identify environmental issues arising from the use of energy resources but not always the power to deal with the issues because of political, social, ethical or economic considerations.

WS 1.3 -Appreciate the power and limitations of science and consider any ethical issues which may arise

WS 1.4 Explain everyday and technological applications of science; evaluate associated personal, social, economic and environmental implications; and make decisions based on the evaluation of evidence and arguments.

WS 3.5 -Interpreting observations and other data (presented in verbal, diagrammatic, graphical, symbolic or numerical form), including identifying patterns and trends, making inferences and drawing conclusions.

WS 4.4 -Use prefixes and powers of ten for orders of magnitude (eg tera, giga, mega, kilo, centi, milli, micro and nano).

MS 1c - Use ratios, fractions and percentages

MS 2c Construct and interpret frequency tables and diagrams, bar charts and histograms

MS 4a Translate information between graphical and numeric form



ProCon F

ProCon F ANS

ProCon H

ProCon H ANS




Physics - Energy - The National grid.mp4


Solar Impulse Plane Takes Flight.mp4


Bladeless wind turbines.mp4

Energy 101_ Concentrating Solar Power.mp4

Donald Trump Believes Climate Change Is A Hoax All In MSNBC.mp4
13 Misconceptions About Global Warming.mp4
How acid rain forms.mp4





Asthma attack risk for selected student?


Groups of 11x :

  • 1 x Solar panel
  • 2 x Crocodile clips
  • 1 x Voltmeter
  • 1 x Meter rule
  • 2 x leads
  • 1x Bulb (or use their torches on phones)


Hot Bulbs- risk of burns



1x Glass Tubing

1x limewater

1x Water condensing / ice water

1x glass funnel

Demonstrate acid rain / CO2 detection

P3.1-Energy Demands-

P3.2- Energy from wind and water-

P3.3- Power from the sun and the earth-

P3.4 - Energy and the environment-

P3.5- Big Energy Issues-