Potential and Kinetic Energy

Duration: 2 Weeks / 6 Hours
NS CAPS, Page 13 and 26

After the completion of Topic 2 the learners will be able to:

  • Compare potential and kinetic energy.
  • Explain how energy is transferred from an elastic band
  • Identify the nutritional information of energy content in different foods.
  • Name objects that have potential / kinetic energy.
  • Study, analyse and record flow diagrams of various energy transfer systems:
    • Different systems (mechanical; thermal; electrical; biological).
    • Compare the features.
    • Observe the effect of input energy; transfer of energy and the output energy.
    • Record observations.
  • Know that energy is measured in joules (J).
  • Describe the Law of Conservation of Energy.
  • Name four energy systems.

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toolsYou will need


  • Computer
  • Data projector
  • Speakers
  • Internet connection

Powerpoints and Photocopies

Available on category pages
  • PowerPoints
  • Worksheets
  • Quiz

School Resources

  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Paper
  • Rulers (plastic)
  • Cricket ball
  • Bat (to hit the cricket ball)
  • Teacher’s table/ learners’ desks


  • Rubber bands
  • Different food packaging with labels that show the energy content
  • Bricks
  • Cells (batteries)
  • Conducting wire
  • Candles
  • Cans
  • Teabag(s)
  • Cup(s)
  • Small torch bulb
  • Banana