Monitor whether outside doors and windows are closed during cold weather

Freshford Church School, Friday, 12 October 2018
5 Detective KS1, KS2

What you did

we found 15 terrible  windows open out of the whole school and we are going to do something about it!
In Ashe class the windows were open and the radiator on.  We will assign members of each class to monitor the radiators, windows and thermometers. If it gets too hot we will turn down the radiators and not open the windows.

Activity description

Getting the temperature right in the classroom is important; too hot and everyone falls asleep and doesn’t learn, too cold and we shiver, and must put extra jumpers on.  Sometimes teachers open windows or doors when the classroom gets too warm and stuffy during  the winter months. Instead we should try to turn down the heating to reduce energy use and save the school money. Opening windows or doors means we are letting all the heat out of the building, and wasting money.

Pupils can complete this activity to identify where heat is being wasted in school.  Are thermostats and radiators turned too high?

Energy Sparks supports Freshford Church School in partnership with Bath and NE Somerset Council and Schools Climate Network