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Eco-island: Sky City activity 3

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Run an Eco Driving School to help educate families on how to reduce their car emissions.

Key Stage 1

Curriculum links: PSHE 2g. Geography 5a-b. Ma2 5a-b. D&T 2c-e.

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What to do: Introduce the idea that, although the children may not be the car owners in their family, they can still help to improve their family car’s negative effect on the environment. Use the Eco Driving School checklist (available online) and go through each item with the children. Explain that, by meeting some or all of the listed criteria, a family can help to reduce car emissions and improve the environment.

Ask each child to take a copy of the checklist home and attempt to help their family car owners to tick as many items on the list as possible. In the meantime, the children can make a special Eco Driving School Gold Medal to present to all car owners who manage to tick more than half the items on the list.

To make the medal, start with the plastic lid of a crisp tube and make a small hole near the top. Make a letter ‘e’ shape out of modelling clay, making sure it is fairly thick. Stick the ‘e’ centrally onto the plastic lid. Now you can either paint or spray your medal gold, or use sheets of gold leaf available from craft shops. Although the gold leaf is quite fiddly, it gives a more realistic metallic gold finish.

When your medal is dry, thread a ribbon through the hole and tie into a loop. The finished medals can then be presented to the lucky car owners – you could even do this during a special school assembly.

Key Stage 2

Curriculum links: PSHE 2a. Geog 3d-e, 4b, 5a. Ma4 2b, 2e-f. D&T 2d-e

What to do: Introduce the idea that, although the children may not be the car owners of their family, they can still help to improve their family car’s negative effect on the environment by reducing emissions. Use the Eco Driving School Check List (see attached activity sheet) and go through each item with the children, explaining that a car not carrying unnecessary weight, or being driven too fast or that has been serviced and looked after will be much better for the environment.

Ask each child to take a copy of the checklist home and attempt to help their family car owners to tick as many items on the list as possible. When the checklists are returned to school, the children should interpret the data that has been collected. Generally, had people found some things easier to do than others? Was money and expense a factor? You can invite car owners to write any comments they have on the back of the checklist, which can then be discussed back in the classroom. In the meantime, the children can make a special Eco Driving School Gold Medal to present to all car owners who manage to tick more than half the items on the list.

To make the medal, start with the plastic lid of a crisp tube and make a small hole near the top. Make a letter ‘e’ shape out of modelling clay, making sure it is fairly thick. Stick the ‘e’ centrally onto the plastic lid. Now you can either paint or spray your medal gold, or use sheets of gold leaf available from craft shops. Although this is fiddlier, it gives a great metallic gold finish.

When your medal is dry, thread a ribbon through the hole and tie into a loop. It may be nice to have an award ceremony in assembly to present all the medals to the lucky car owners!

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