Discover the history of electricity with this interesting poster, detailing its discovery to the present time. Including the role of amber, the first town in the UK to install a public electricity supply, the construction of the National Grid and impact of war and climate change.
Learn more about weather and climate, the greenhouse effect and climate change with this assembly. It contains colourful images and diagrams to engage students. There is also a teachers’ notes section with all the information you will need to discuss each slide – see the notes panel in ‘edit slides’ mode.
This activity helps students to understand the impact of the production, use and disposal of plastic on the environment.
It encourages them, through a class or whole-school campaign, to reduce the amount of plastic bottles sent to landfill in their household, and demonstrates the cumulative effect that can be produced on a large scale by small individual action.
Biodiversity is the variety of life on Earth. Biodiversity does not just include plants and animals in wild places. It encompasses all forms of life, from micro-organisms to oak trees to whales, in all places: city centres, wastelands, garden ponds, forests, oceans.
This comprehensive information pack covers the importance of biodiversity and how it can be protected. It includes activities to do in school and at home to learn about and care for the biodiversity around us.
These fact sheets, and all information included within them, have been provided by the Eden Project. EDF Energy is not responsible for the content of the fact sheets, or the content of any website or document referred to within the fact sheets.
In Flight Test Engineers, students will learn how to make, test and fly their paper aeroplanes.
The lesson focuses on developing students’ understanding of how to carry out a ‘fair test’ and forces to explain the motion of their paper planes. Students share their ideas about how different wing shapes lead to different forms of flight. They make a prediction and plan a test, make and record measurements, and present and evaluate their results.
Discover the mechanics of a wind turbine and consider the benefits of this energy source. Carry out a school survey, collect data and evaluate it to see if there is a potential site for a wind turbine. Explore opportunities in the local community for fundraising and awareness events.
The Big Energy Show is designed to get your whole school interested in using energy efficiently. It’s also a great opportunity to identify and work towards an energy reduction target. At the heart of the activity is a big bar chart. Designed by students, it should be big, bold and colourful and illustrate past and present electricity consumption.
By showing the whole school how much energy you are using and setting reduction targets, everyone will be able to get involved to use energy more efficiently!
What are the pros and cons of electric vehicles?
Students discuss the environmental pros and cons of electric vehicles. In this activity students learn how electric vehicles operate and work out how often they need to be charged.
Why do we need to keep carbon balanced?
In Carbon Cycle Capers, students learn about how carbon moves throughout the climate system in the exciting illustrated story of Casey the carbon atom.
There is also a fantastic interactive game on carbon sinks and sources which reinforces learning.
This activity should be run over two sessions if you intend to complete the whole lesson plan. Your step-by-step guide to getting started and all the resources you need are below.
Produced in collaboration with the Met Office.
How much energy can you generate by exercising?
In this activity students discover ‘people power’. They investigate the fact that people generate power when they exercise. They calculate their own power output and compare it to that of a professional athlete.