Energy Sparks Activities

Each school's energy-saving journey will evolve in a different way. But a well-designed energy-saving plan will involve a balance of activities from each of the following categories.

Choose a category below to explore the list of recommended activities. More detail is provided about each activity to help you complete it.

Completing activities will allow you to score points.

The figure in the green square is the number of points each activity is worth, 10 points for example: 10

Choose a category below to explore the list of recommended activities. More detail and resources are provided for each activity to help you complete it. Activities are currently filtered by the curriculum stage of your school. You can change this if you wish to explore the activities available for older and younger pupils.

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5 Measure classroom temperatures (KS1, KS2)

5 Monitor whether outside doors and windows are closed during cold weather (KS1, KS2)

5 Carry out a spot check to see if lights or electrical items are left on at lunch time (KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4, KS5)

5 Carry out a spot check to see if lights or electrical items are left on after school (KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4)

5 Monitor whether adults and pupils are wearing warmer clothes inside the school building during winter (KS1, KS2)

10 Investigate whether the the school's heating and hot water is switched off during the school holidays (KS1, KS2, KS3)

10 Review school heating timings (KS1, KS2, KS3)

10 Investigate how the school's hot water is heated (KS1, KS2, KS3)

10 Investigate the school's thermostats (KS1, KS2)

10 Find out when your school's energy use changes (KS1, KS2)

10 Analyse your school's gas use (KS2, KS3, KS4)

10 Analyse your school's electricity use (KS2, KS3, KS4)

10 Use appliance monitors to understand the energy use of individual appliances (KS1, KS2, KS3)

20 Investigate how much energy families use at home (KS1, KS2, KS3)

30 Energy audit of the school science labs and design technology workshops (KS3)

30 Monitor whether electrical appliances and lights are left on or on standby after school. (KS3)

30 Design and carry out an experiment to monitor the variation in classroom temperature across a 7 day period (KS3)

30 Energy audit of the school kitchens (KS3, KS4)

30 Monitor light levels in classrooms (KS3)

5 Other (please specify) (KS1, KS2, KS3)