We all know how effective learnng can be when it is related to real life, especially when young people can direct further learning and see where/how they can contribute and make an impact. The subject of energy usage and climate change was brought to life when Jenny Deacon, class teacher at Carron Primary School, worked closely with Brenda Roddy (Climate Change and Sustainability Officer) to explore these issues.
Brenda is able to provide statistics for every Falkirk Council establishment which show how much energy is being used on a daily and annual basis. These statistics can be used in a range of ways with many opportunities for pupils to influence what they do with that information, where they take their learning and how they link this with global issues like climate change.
Jenny and Brenda planned two lessons, the first one focused on energy and usage in Carron Primary School but the second lesson involved using heat sensitive cameras.
The pupils appear to have had an interesting time taking images throughout the school as well as of themselves!
We look forward to finding out what Jenny Deacon and her class did with the information they gained from the sessions.
Brenda Roddy is keen to help other schools with issues related to Climate Change and Sustainability and further CPD sessions will be programmed to explore how she can work in partnership with schools. In the meantime Brenda can be contacted via email firstname.lastname@example.org.