Warming It Up Using Solar Energy

Intended Learning Outcomes

The students will be able to:

  • recognise that solar energy can be converted to heat
  • recognise that colours absorb solar energy differently
  • identify which colour absorbs the solar energy most effectively.

Teaching Rationales

Students will investigate the use of different colours to absorb solar energy and warm biscuits up.

Learning Areas, Strands, Achievement Objectives

1 - 2 Science

Nature of Science
Investigating in science

  • Students will extend their experiences and personal explanations of the natural world through exploration, play, asking questions and discussing simple models.


Communicating in science

  • Students will build their language and develop their understandings of the many ways the natural world can be represented.

Planet Earth and Beyond
Earth systems

  • Students will explore and describe natural features and resources.

Astronomical systems

  • Students will share ideas and observations about the Sun and the Moon and their physical effects on the heat and light available to Earth.

Physical World
Physical inquiry and physics concepts

  • Students will seek and describe simple patterns in physical phenomena.
2 English

Listening, Reading, and Viewing and Speaking, Writing, and Presenting
Processes and strategies

  • Students will select and use sources of information, processes, and strategies with some confidence to identify, form, and express ideas.

Activity-specific Achievement Objectives

1 - 2 Science

Nature of Science
Investigating in science

  • Students will extend their experiences and personal explanations of the natural world as they carry out practical investigation to explain the effect of solar energy on various colours.

Communicating in science

  • Students will build their language and develop their understandings of the many ways the natural world can be represented as they analyse the results of their investigations and make meaning from it.

Participating and contributing

  • Students will link their observation that different colours absorb solar heat differently to aspects of their daily living, e.g. colours to wear in the summer.

Planet Earth and Beyond
Earth systems

  • Students will explore aspects of solar energy.

Astronomical systems

  • Students will share ideas and observations about how solar energy is converted into heat.

Physical World
Physical inquiry and physics concepts

  • Students will identify the colours that absorb solar energy most effectively.
2 English

Listening, Reading, and Viewing and Speaking, Writing, and Presenting
Processes and strategies

  • Students will integrate sources of information, processes, and strategies with some confidence to identify, form, and express ideas about converting solar energy into heat.