Year 6 We are scientists

Project brief

To develop plans for alternative and sustainable energy usage across the school site and in the local community 

Norwich 2040 City Vision - a liveable city

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Project overview

In order to be able to respond to the brief we had to learn all about energy so during the main teaching phase (we call this Precision) we learned about how electricity is generated, whether by using renewable or non-renewable sources, and then how it is moved around the country to bring power to our homes, schools and businesses. Visiting experts told us about the challenges of moving the local economy to zero-carbon, and what it was like to live off-grid.  Lastly we explored the impact of carbon emissions on our planet and what needs to be done to halt the impact of global warming.  In the project phase (we call this Generalisation), we worked in teams to prepare short personal responses to the challenges we face through global warming while remaining hopeful for the future by presenting practical steps that we can all take to make a change now. In the new year we will be finalising plans for our legacy document, preparing information for families on what they can do.

Questions drive our learning

Unit 1 driving question:  What is energy?

Unit 2 driving question:  How do we generate energy in the UK?

Unit 3 driving question:  How does our dependence on energy affect the planet?

Unit 4 driving question:  We are the new optimists and we are hopeful for the future...

How we responded to the brief

51 Voices

51 Voices' carries the important messages about the climate emergency - the key messages and the simple, practical steps we can all take to make a contribution to reducing carbon at home, at school and in the community.

Sphinx class reports

Teams from Sphinx class report on the key messages they want you to hear and the practical steps you can take now to reduce your carbon footprint and support the fight against climate change.

Dragon class reports

Teams from Dragon class report on the key messages they want you to hear and the practical steps you can take now to reduce your carbon footprint and support the fight against climate change.