Monitor whether outside doors and windows are closed during cold weather

Trinity C of E First School, Friday, 22 March 2019
5 Investigating energy usage KS1, KS2

What you did

Our Energy Sparks club worked in groups of 3 today to monitor if electrical equipment was left on at lunch time and if the external doors and windows were kept shut as the weather was cold. Children designed their own format to record their findings. They used a tally system to record if lights and whiteboards were kept on when not in use.  They also created a tally for any doors and windows which were left open.  We discussed our findings and discussed possible things which we could do to decrease our energy usage. 

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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