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 and earn awards.

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.

5 Pupils carry out a spot check to see if lights or IT are left on after school (KS1, KS2)

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

5 Pupils carry out a spot check of classroom temperatures (KS1, KS2)

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

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

5 Pupils carry out a spot check to see if lights or electrical items are left on at lunch time (KS1, KS2)

10 Collect data on key times in the school day when energy use changes (KS1, KS2)

10 Pupils review school heating timings (KS1, KS2)

10 Pupils investigate the school's thermostats (KS1, KS2)

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

10 Pupils investigate how the school's hot water is heated (KS1, KS2)

10 Pupils compare energy use for heating with outside temperature data (KS1, KS2)

20 Pupils investigate how much energy their families use at home (KS1, KS2, KS3)

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

30 Pupils carry out a programme of monitoring whether electrical appliances and lights are left on or on standby after school. (KS3)

30 Pupils carry out a programme of monitoring light levels in classrooms (KS3)

30 Pupils carry out an energy audit in the school kitchens (KS3)

30 Pupils carry out an energy audit in the school science labs and design technology workshops (KS3)