Watch this short film below of an architect in Uganda who helps to design fantastic buildings including schools. In the film we hear that sustainable resources have been used to build it and that local people are learning new skills while helping to build it. 


  • Use a map to find out where in the world Uganda is located.
  • What were the children’s favourite parts of their new school?
  • How does this school in Uganda compare to your own school here in England?
  • If you could change parts of your school to make them more eco-friendly, what would you change? Explain why you would change these things

Cassop Primary school takes carbon cutting very seriously.

They have gradually transformed their school site to make it more eco-friendly, now using sustainable renewable energy technology on its school site in a fight to cut carbon emissions. After lockdown is lifted and we are all back in school, we will have the perfect opportunity to rethink how we are using resources at school and how we could be affecting the natural world if we waste them.

Activity ideas:

  • On a large piece of paper, design a picture of an eco-friendly school, perhaps using some of the ideas you have seen in Cassop Primary School, or the school in Uganda, but thinking about your own school building.
  • Use lego, duplo, wooden blocks, junk, cardboard, real bricks or loose parts materials outside to create your eco friendly school. Remember to include technology that will benefit the school as well as the wider community and environment as a result.
  • Take a photo of your design and model and share it with your school friends and teachers!

Extension idea:

An aerial map is a view of something from above. Make an aerial map of your school and label with your energy efficient technology and eco-friendly features. For example if you have a field or garden in your school show this on the map and add labels.