Design a School Energy Saving Plan

Design a School Energy Saving Plan

Lesson 9 of 9 in this unit

  • Primary
  • Year 5 - 6
  • English
  • Science
  • Earth and Space
  • Environmental
  • Climate Change
  • Energy
  • Sustainability
  • ...

Lesson summary

In this lesson students synthesise what they have learnt about energy and develop a class or school program that will help reduce the amount of energy used. Students will work in groups to select an action that is important to them, then brainstorm an idea for making this action happen. Next, they collaboratively plan a project based on their idea and then execute this plan. Finally, students are asked to reflect upon the success of their project and their role in creating and executing the project.

Key lessons and understandings of activity:

  • How can we reduce the amount of energy being used in our classroom or at our school?
  • How can we plan and design a class or school energy saving plan?
  • How can we share what we have learnt about energy and reducing energy use with the school and wider community?

Lesson guides and printables

Lesson Plan
Student Worksheet
Teacher Content Info

Lesson details

Curriculum mapping

Australian Curriculum content descriptions:

This lesson can be integrated into several subject areas as the focus is on developing the Cross-curriculum priorities and General capabilities of the Australian Curriculum and 21st-century skills.

Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.6, OI.8.

General capabilities: Critical and Creative Thinking, Literacy, Personal and social capability.

Time required: 120 mins +

Level of teacher scaffolding: Assist students to focus their ideas, assist communication between students and appropriate school leadership team.

Resources required

  • Student Worksheet – one copy per student OR computers/tablets to access the online worksheet.
  • Device capable of presenting a website to the class.
  • One printed copy of Project Planning Tool for each group. Project checklist.
  • Butcher’s paper and pens/pencils, online stopwatch.


This lesson is designed to build students’ competencies in the following skills:

  • Communication
  • Creativity
  • Social skills
  • Community engagement
  • Problem solving
  • Enterprise
  • Initiative
  • Collaboration
  • Leadership

Additional info

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