Home Is Where the Heat Is

Home Is Where the Heat Is
A day for pupils to learn about renewable energy & insulation and their role in reducing green-house gas emissions. They will carry out an investigation on the effectiveness of different types of insulation and find out about the role of the sun in photosynthesis and in generating electricity. Students will explore some of the sustainable features which help us to reduce green-house gas emissions at our Centre. They will have the opportunity to demonstrate their understanding of climate action through an achievable personal behaviour change.

Learning objectives

  • to understand that changes to the climate is a natural process, but that the heating of the atmosphere has accelerated through human activities releasing greenhouse gases
  • to define renewable energy sources
  • to explain how sustainable features help to reduce green-house gas emissions

National curriculum links
Y5 Science
Properties and changes of materials

  • compare and group together everyday materials on the basis of their properties including their conductivity
  • give reasons, based on evidence from comparative and fair tests, for the particular uses of everyday materials

Y6 Science
Evolution and inheritance

  • identify how animals and plants are adapted to suit their environment in different ways and that adaptation may lead to evolution 


  • associate the brightness of a lamp or the volume of a buzzer with the number and voltage of cells used in the circuit
  • compare and give reasons for variations in how components function, including the brightness of bulbs

Human and physical geography

  • the distribution of natural resources including energy and water

Geographical skills and fieldwork

  • use maps to describe features studied use symbols and key