The transition project was a collaboration between Balerno Community High School, Dean Park, Kirknewton and Ratho Primaries.
This P7/S1 energy project involved the three primaries and the English, Mathematics and Science departments at the secondary school.
To enhance continuity of learning across primary and secondary
To plan a project, taking into account the principles of Curriculum for Excellence
To identify an interdisciplinary focus that would create opportunities for collaborative working
To raise awareness of environmental issues
Context – Energy House
The learners in primary 7 are challenged to build a model of an energy efficient home.
The models are presented to a member of staff from the secondary for judging.
The project focused on the following key areas:
Science – energy, renewable energy sources, conserving energy, recycling, heat and insulation
Literacy – research and presentation skills
Mathematics – scale, 2D drawings, 3D models, perimeter, area and volume
Partnership working - Process
Beginning in session 2008/09, representatives from each school met to progress the cluster improvement plan focusing on P7/S1 transition.
The working party created an interdisciplinary study which would better equip pupils for starting secondary education.
Focus experiences and outcomes
By considering examples where energy is conserved, I can identify the energy source, how it is transferred and ways of reducing wasted energy.
Through exploring non-renewable energy sources, I can describe how they are used in Scotland today and express an informed view on the implications for their future use.
Finding out about what energy is
Researching different sources of renewable energies
Finding out different ways energy conservation can be applied to design of housing
how house design can affect cooling and heating in a home
Different materials and their insulation properties
Measuring, recording and evaluating results
Creating 2D plans
Working with scale
Calculating area and perimeter
Applying understanding of 3D shapes to the creation of models
Understanding surface area and relating this to heat loss
Mathematics and Numeracy Outcomes
I can explain how different methods can be used to find the perimeter and area of a simple 2D shape or volume of a simple 3D object .
I can use the common units of measure, convert between related units of the metric system and carry out calculations when solving problems.
Having investigated where, why and how scale is used and expressed, I can apply my understanding to interpret simple models, maps and plans.
I am developing confidence when engaging with others within and beyond my place of learning. I can communicate in a clear, expressive way and I am learning to select and organise resources independently.
I recognise the need to acknowledge my sources and can do this appropriately.
When listening and talking with others for different purposes, I can:
share information, experiences and opinions.
Explain processes and ideas
Identify issues raised and summarise main points or findings
Clarifying points by asking questions or by asking others to say more.
Skills Research, consideration of and acknowledgement of sources Note taking Listening and talking in groups Preparing and structuring a presentation
Learning and Teaching approaches
Collaborative group work
Assessment is for learning strategies
Demonstrations of knowledge and understanding through group presentations
Pupils enjoyed and engaged with the challenge
Awareness of environmental and conservation issues was improved
There were issues with time constraints and resources
Refinements of plans
Next Steps and the future
Working with partners and experts to add value e.g. Changeworks and the Renewables Roadshow
Celebrate successes in a variety of ways, for example, writing articles for the Balerno News
Identifying equipment and CPD needs for teaching investigative skills in science