Monitor whether outside doors and windows are closed during cold weather

Freshford Church School, Wednesday, 05 February 2020
5 Investigating energy usage KS1, KS2

What you did

We spotted windows open in some rooms with the heating on. We are going to do an assembly to remind teachers and pupils that windows and doors must be kept shut when the heating is on. Each class will have energy monitors whose job is to turn off heaters before windows are opened and before classrooms get too hot. 

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?

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Download monitoring sheet here