Sustainable Houses 2

Much of children's lives is spent in their home or in school and as such we have started this programme by looking at how buildings are constructed, materials that are used and how we get power to them. Above all we look at the most sustainable way for us to build and use our homes.

Much of children's lives is spent in their home or in school and as such we have started this programme by looking at how buildings are constructed, materials that are used and how we get power to them. Above all we look at the most sustainable way for us to build and use our homes.

This collection covers topics such as energy saving tips, home improvements, understanding why we need to reduce, reuse, recycle and much more.

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Games

Pipe Work Panic

7 - 11yrs Students

Pipe Work Panic is an engaging and challenging game in which pupils select, rotate and fit pipe parts in order to plumb various rooms in the house within a time limit.

Hot House

7 - 11yrs Students

Hot House is a lively, fun game in which pupils click on the open windows in order to keep the heat in the house longer. The faster they close the open windows the longer it takes the thermometer to drop.

Sort n' Recycle

7 - 11yrs Students

Sort n' Recycle is a fun interactive game, teaching children about the importance of recycling and sorting waste.

Investigate The House

7 - 11yrs Students

Pupils can 'build the house' which is a fun, visual activity where a house is built from the ground up as an adapted version of the poem 'This is the house that Jack built' is read aloud.

Books

House that Jack Built Poem

7 - 11yrs Students

Pupils can 'build the house' which is a fun, visual activity where a house is built from the ground up as an adapted version of the poem 'This is the house that Jack built' is read aloud.

Work sheets

Energy Dilemma

7 - 11yrs Students, Teachers

A simple question sheet asking pupils what they would do if they lived in a house with no pipes or cables.

Material World

7 - 11yrs Students, Teachers

Pupils are asked to complete a table listing what types of materials they would use to build with in different climates, their advantages and disadvantages.

Window Count

7 - 11yrs Students, Teachers

Pupils are asked to carry out a class survey to find out how many windows fellow pupils have at home, how many are single or double glazed; have curtains or blinds. They are then asked to work out the average and draw a graph.

Desirable Doors

7 - 11yrs Students, Teachers

By collecting cuttings of doors and door fittings, pupils can create an 'ideal' door and price it according to their research.

Roofing

7 - 11yrs Students, Teachers

Pupils must answer a series of questions based on the knowledge they have acquired from the accompanying 'Roof' fact sheet.

Water Butt

7 - 11yrs Students, Teachers

Pupils are asked to draw a house and add a water butt to it. Pupils can then label their drawing to show how water enters and exits, a house and the different uses for rainwater collected by the butt.

Grow your Garden

7 - 11yrs Students, Teachers

Pupils are asked to plan and write a story about their own 'sustainable' garden.

Farm your Field

7 - 11yrs Students, Teachers

Pupils are asked to research sustainable farming - the types of crops that grow well in our climate and the needs of the community at large. Pupils can then plan out and draw their farm.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

7 - 11yrs Students, Teachers

How many items can you reduce, re use and recycle in your home?

Fun/Fact sheets

Pipes and Cables

7 - 11yrs Students, Teachers

Explanations of what a pipe is, and what it is used for within the home, followed by an explanation of a cable and its different uses.

Buildings

7 - 11yrs Students, Teachers

Easy definitions of commonly used building materials with a brief explanation of where some of these materials can be sourced.

Windows

7 - 11yrs Students, Teachers

A simple explanation of what windows are, how they work and the different types of glazing available.

Doors

7 - 11yrs Students, Teachers

What a door does and why we use them, coupled with a simple explanation of the types of materials from which a door can be made including the types of fittings commonly used. Followed by examples of door prices.

Roof

7 - 11yrs Students, Teachers

Descriptions of different types of roof, why we have roofs and what they are commonly made from, as well as examples of ways to make your roof more energy efficient.

Water

7 - 11yrs Students, Teachers

A brief explanation of where tap water comes from, how waste water is removed from homes, and how it can be recycled and reused as grey water.

Gardens

7 - 11yrs Students, Teachers

A list of common things that might be found in a garden followed by a section on, growing your own fruit and vegetables linked to the concept sustainable living.

Fields

7 - 11yrs Students, Teachers

A list of things that you might see in a field, including a brief explanation of wind turbines and how they can be placed in fields, alongside crops and animals, as a method of generating sustainable energy.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

7 - 11yrs Students, Teachers

About how recycling works and what can be recycled, and getting pupils to consider what items can also be reduced or reused.

Teachers' and Parents' notes

Overview

4 - 7yrs, 7 - 11yrs, 11 - 14yrs, 14 - 16yrs Teachers

Sustainable Houses

4 - 7yrs, 7 - 11yrs Teachers

Extension activities

7 - 11yrs Teachers

Interactive activities

7 - 11yrs Teachers, Parents

Teachers Guide

7 - 11yrs Teachers

Overview

4 - 7yrs, 7 - 11yrs, 11 - 14yrs, 14 - 16yrs Parents

Sustainable Houses

4 - 7yrs, 7 - 11yrs Parents

Know the facts

4 - 7yrs, 7 - 11yrs Parents

Parents Guide

4 - 7yrs, 7 - 11yrs Parents

Word banks/Glossaries

Glossary

7 - 11yrs Students, Teachers

Sheets of energy related terms explained simply.

At Home

Fun/Fact sheets

Energy Saving Tips at home

7 - 11yrs Students, Teachers

Ideas and tips for pupils to use at home to help save energy in the house, in the garden and when shopping.

Home Improvements

7 - 11yrs Students, Teachers

Pupils are asked to conduct a survey of their home and list the things they can do in each room to make their home more energy efficient.

Energy Grid

7 - 11yrs Students, Teachers

Pupils are asked to complete a grid to monitor how much energy has been used over by the TV, kettle and washing machine, and then list things they have recycled.

Three Small Things

7 - 11yrs Students, Teachers

Pupils are encouraged to choose three things they will do to be more sustainable at home, using some of the suggestions in the Energy Saving Tips at Home sheet.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

7 - 11yrs Students, Teachers

Pupils are asked to look at all items in their home to see what can be reduced, reused and recycled, and to make a montage out of their findings.