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Activities for teachers

These activities use the short films made by Ashden about our winners from the UK and around the world. Activities are listed below under three themes, in a suggested sequence which builds on understanding, but you can use them in any order. For further information and suggestions, look at

How to use the Ashden educational resources (pdf file).

Follow the links in the table to access these resources:
– Powerpoint lesson support with activity frames.
– Teacher notes for each activity, including suggestions for further activities.
– Five-minute films to capture pupils' imagination and interest."

 

Theme 1: Making a difference – in my thinking

What do I know? Why should I care? What can I do?

 

ActivityLevel/timeDownloadable resources

What is energy?

Introductory activity to support pupils' understanding of what energy is and where it comes from.

Curriculum areas:
Science, English, Geography, ESD

Topics
Electricity, Light, Contrasting locality - India

Key Stage 1

Key Stage 2

 

About one lesson

Powerpoint
Teacher notes
Films:
Making a difference
IDEI, India
Eastchurch School
Woodheys School
Seaton School

Making choices

Exploring the choices that pupils can make about using energy. Why and how to reduce energy use.

Curriculum areas:
Science, Geography, ESD, English, Citizenship

Topics:
Myself, Homes, Light, Electricity

Key Stage 1
Lower Key Stage 2

About one lesson

Powerpoint
Teacher notes
Films:
Eastchurch School
Cassop School
Seaton School
CRT, Nepal

Being energy wise

Discussing electrical appliances and their energy consumption. Includes some simple calculations.

Curriculum areas:
Science, Maths, English, Geography, Citizenship, ESD

Topics:
Electricity, Energy, Light, Improving the local environment, Homes

Key Stage 1
Key Stage 2

One or two lessons

Powerpoint
Teacher notes
Films:
Eastchurch School
Woodheys School
SELCO, India
Practical Action, Peru
Shidhulai, Bangladesh

What is global warming?

An introduction to the concept of global warming.

Curriculum areas:
Science, Geography, English, ESD

Topics:
Climate change, Weather, Energy, Light, Contrasting localities

Key Stage 2
Key Stage 3

Powerpoint
Teacher notes
Year 5/6 sample unit of work
Films:
Making a difference
Nottinghamshire CC, UK
Nishant Bioenergy, India
TWP, Honduras
IDEI, India
Ecotricity, UK

 

Theme 2: Making a difference - in my school, and local community

What can we do? What can we change? How can we do it?

 

ActivityLevel/timeDownloadable resources

I want to be in the Energy Team

Investigating what is needed to be a good energy monitor. Use this to start energy management in your classroom and school.

Curriculum areas:
English, Maths, Science, Citizenship, ESD

Topics:
Myself, Light, Electricity, Homes, Improving the environment

Key Stage 1
Key Stage 2

One or two lessons

Powerpoint
Teacher notes
Films:
Cassop School
Eastchurch School
Woodheys School
Seaton School

Thinking about electricity

Finding out how electricity is produced and understanding what fossil fuels and renewable sources are.

Curriculum areas:
Science, Geography, English, ESD

Topics:
Light, Electricity, Improving the local environment, Homes

Key Stage 1
Lower Key Stage 2

One or two lessons

Powerpoint
Teacher notes
Films:
Cassop School
Seaton School
SEEDS, Sri Lanka
Ecotricity, UK
Practical Action, Peru
Shidhulai, Bangladesh

Making an action plan for change

Evaluating current energy use in school and ways to save energy through pupil participation.

Curriculum areas:
Science, Mathematics, English, Maths, Citizenship, ESD

Topics:
Improving the local environment, Energy, Light

Upper Key Stage 2

Three or more lessons

Powerpoint
Teacher notes
Films:
Cassop School
Eastchurch School
Woodheys School
CEEAC, UK
Nottinghamshire CC, UK

Energising the community

Informing families and the wider community about energy saving options.

Curriculum areas:
English, Mathematics, Geography, Science, Citizenship, ICT, ESD

Topics:
Improving the local environment, Energy, Light, Contrasting locality - Mexico

Key Stage 2

Two lessons

Powerpoint
Teacher notes
Home Energy Survey
Leaflet template
Films:
Eastchurch School
Woodheys School
GIRA, Mexico
CEEAC, UK

 

Theme 3: Making a difference - the global dimension

How do we connect with the world? How do I fit in? What can I do?

 

ActivityLevel/timeDownloadable resources

Investigating energy technologies

Investigating renewable technologies and their use. Independent enquiry and follow up for pupils.

Curriculum areas:
Science, Geography, English, Design & Technology, ESD, Citizenship

Topics:
Energy, Forces, Contrasting localities, Homes, Food

Upper Key Stage 2

Two lessons

Powerpoint
Teacher notes
Films:
Cassop School
IDEI, India
GIRA, Mexico
Shaanxi Mothers, China
Zara Solar, Tanzania
AID Foundation, Philippines
Ecotricity, UK
Practical Action, Peru

Problems or solution

A short interactive quiz to support discussion about global warming and climate change. Useful to gauge pupils' initial understanding. Follow-on activity allows pupils to make their own quiz.

Curriculum areas:
Geography, Science, English, ESD

Topics:
Light, Energy, Weather, Climate change, Homes, Contrasting localities

Upper Key Stage 1
Key Stage 2
Key Stage 3

Two lessons

Powerpoint - starter
Teacher notes - starter
Powerpoint - follow-on
Teacher notes - follow-on
Films:
Seaton School
Woodheys School
Cassop School
Eastchurch School
IDEI, India
DAXU, China
Nottinghamshire CC, UK

Thinking about quality of life

Encouraging pupils to think about basic needs, how these are met in the UK and in other countries, and why energy use is relevant.

Curriculum areas:
Geography, Science, English, Citizenship, ESD

Topics:
Climate Change, Homes, Water, Health, Families, Light

Key Stage 2
Key Stage 3

Two lesson

Powerpoint
Teacher notes
Films:
NEST, India
TWP, Honduras
MRHP, Tanzania
IDEI, India
Shidhulai, Bangladesh
SKG Sangha, India
CRT, Nepal
Practical Action, Peru
KXN, Nigeria