Energy home

Routes through

There are several ways to use the E.ON Energy Experience resources. You could explore energy through a mini-project, for example during a week dedicated to science, or base half a term’s science teaching and learning on it. You could also integrate the activities into your science teaching for topics such as electricity, or use the activities to support topics in other subjects, eg handling data in maths.

The diagram below suggests three different routes through the resources. It shows how the print activities can be used to support the online activities. If you are only using the print materials  the same routes can be followed with the online activities  omitted.

A focused mini-project

Whichever route you decide to take, if you are using the online materials begin by introducing the concept of energy through  What is energy? with the whole class, on an interactive whiteboard if available. Invite pupils to make the choices and decisions that are required. Having completed the on-screen activities, pupils can work through  1: Energy sources and  2: Energy at home. If you are using only the print materials, introduce the concept of energy through  1: Energy sources and  2: Energy at home, which encourage pupils to think about what things use energy and where things get their energy from.

You could then follow one of the three routes suggested in the diagram:

1. Using energy route: Pupils investigate the appliances that use electricity and gas at home. They think about the appliances that they use every day and complete  3: Energy diary. Then they can explore different ways of saving energy.

2. Energy sources route:  Where does energy come from? and  4: Where does electricity come from? and  5: Where does gas come from? develop pupils’ understanding of how energy reaches their homes. Energy sources extends this understanding to consider where electricity and gas come from and whether energy sources will run out.

3. Circuits and safety route:  Shine a light! and  7: Circuits encourage pupils to investigate electrical circuits. Pupils can then go on to think about how they and their families can keep themselves safe when using electricity and gas in the home.

A major energy project

When preparing to teach a major science topic on energy, you can base your planning around the four topics of the E.ON Energy Experience:

  • What is energy?
  • Using energy
  • Wasting energy
  • Safety

Each topic can be explored through online activities supported by activity cards or just using the activity cards. The activity cards contain a mixture of games, written projects and experiments to provide pupils with a variety of skills when investigating this topic. An information card for each topic summarises the key ideas for pupils.

The topics can be explored in any order, although you might find that the order above provides natural links between the topics. Use   What is energy? as a class, to introduce the concept of energy and how it applies to pupils themselves. Pupils should then be able to complete  1: Energy sources and  2: Energy at home. If you are using only the print materials, introduce the concept of energy through  1: Energy sources and  2: Energy at home, which encourage pupils to think about what things use energy and where things get their energy from.

Depending on their experience, pupils could then explore the other topics by completing the activities individually or in groups.

A single activity

Many of the online activities and activity cards could be used when teaching other science topics or other subjects. Here are some suggestions.

Literacy

Extended activities for writing Online activity Activity card

Write a story about gas, describing how it was first formed and how it reaches our homes

Where does gas come from?

Energy sources

5: Where does gas come from?

Write about what happened the day energy disappeared

No energy!

8: No energy!

Write a letter to parents about why it is important to save energy. Give suggestions for how to save energy.

Save energy

9: Energy checklist

Write 10 rules for keeping safe around electricity and gas

Spot the danger

11: Safety Superhero says

Safety certificate

Mathematics

Topic and activity Online activity Activity card

Counting

  • Count all the appliances that use energy in the home or the classroom

 

2: Energy at home

Handling data

  • Sort and classify appliances according to where they get their energy

  • Solve a problem such as: Do most machines at home use gas?

  • Make a simple bar graph of the number of electrical items used in different rooms. Why are there very few electrical items in the bathroom?

Energy at home

Time

  • Understand and use the vocabulary related to time when explaining the items listed in the energy diary

3: Energy diary

History

Activity Online activity Activity card

Compare the energy sources used now with those used in the past.

Energy at home

1: Energy sources

3: Energy diary

Geography

Topic and activity Online activity Activity card

Local area

  • Which energy sources can be found locally?

1: Energy sources

3: Energy diary

PSHE/PSE/PSD and citizenship

Topic and activity Online activity Activity card

People who help us

  • Who can help us if we have an energy accident?

Spot the danger

11: Safety Superhero says

Safety certificate