Three Curriculum Link Examples

  • English –write an informational text about saving energy at home and in school.
  • Maths – measure and record the temperature in class regularly and use this data to create a graph or chart (Step 6).
  • Science – create a variety of mechanisms to understand how a smaller force can have a greater effect.

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* Please note, Energy is no longer a compulsory topic.

The Pod's Switch Off Fortnight

Take part in Switch off Fortnight this November, choose any two weeks in the month that suit your school



The official Seven Step Switch Off Fortnight Guide to help your Eco-Committee link #SOF2018 to your Eco-Schools Green Flag Award application.


How Switch Off Fortnight Works

Week 1- background research and campaign design

  • Pupils learn why it’s important to try to save energy (Step 4).
  • They go undercover and complete a school audit to find out where energy is being wasted (Step 2).
  • Using the resources available on the Pod, and ones they create themselves, pupils plan a campaign that will help persuade everyone in school to try to use less energy (Step 3). At the end of this week, they put up posters and plan a weeks energy saving activity.

Week 2 – campaign activation-  spreading the word!

  • Pupils activate their campaign-  perhaps starting with a whole school assembly.
  • During the week-  your  school holds activities that will help everyone get involved with energy saving-  e.g. rewards for the class who is the best at remembering to turn off electrical appliances and lights, when they’re not being used (Step 5).
  • At the end of the week-  pupils complete a second school audit, to find out how behaviour has changed (Step 6).

School Examples

If you have any excellent energy work examples, let us know!

Saint James Church of England Primary School

As part of Switch Off Fortnight the Eco-Committee decided that each class would have a light monitor. Initially the class Eco-Committee member took this role, so whenever the children were leaving the classroom they would stand at the back of the line and turn off the lights. As the months went by, other children wanted to take on this role, so each week the class teacher would choose another child to do the job. In the end, each child was involved in turning lights off and saving energy. Switch Off Fortnight stickers were put next to the light switches, so that whoever leaves the classroom last now remembers to turn off the lights.


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