Pembrokeshire schools host Climate Cops

RWEnpower - 2011-02-09

Children at five Pembrokeshire primary schools were challenged to become environmentally greener and to use energy efficiently thanks to npower’s Climate Cops Academy.

Hubberston VC School, Orielton Primary School, Cosheston Primary School, Monkton Priory Community Primary School and Milford Haven Junior School learned simple ways to save energy in an exciting and engaging way.

The highly interactive format of the Academies encouraged pupils to generate electricity with body movement, work with miniature examples of renewable energy sources and use thermal imaging cameras to see the effects of insulation.

For Hubberston VC School, energy efficiency came to the forefront earlier in the year when npower stepped in with a substantial grant to replace the ageing school boiler.

Deputy head teacher, Jocelyn Morris, says the existing boiler had been very inefficient. “Now that the days are getting colder we are looking forward to enjoying the benefits of the new boiler. We would never have been able to afford it without the support of npower,’’ she says.

Mrs Morris was delighted to welcome the Climate Cops Academy to the school, an event she says supports many aspects of the school curriculum.

“We were fortunate to be involved in Climate Cops last year, we love them coming to the school,’’ says Mrs Morris.

“The programme fits in with the curriculum, especially the sustainable schools aspect. We hope that the children will take the information they have learned home and share it with their families.’’

One of those children, Kian, reckons Climate Cops is a great way to learn about environmental issues. “We learn but we have fun at the same time,’’ he says.

His classmate, Kye, agrees. “It’s learning in a different way. In class we do worksheets but Climate Cops gets us involved and I think that helps,’’ he says.

Pembrokeshire County Council and npower have been working together with schools on the Climate Cops programme for three years, with the aim of supporting schools in the local area to become greener and more sustainable. The initiative links to the Government’s National Framework for Sustainable Schools and forms a key part of the npower Brighter Futures programme which aims to inspire young people from the first day at school to the first day at work. 

The Climate Cops programme can also provide schools - selected by the local authority - with ‘green makeovers’, including free energy audits to help schools reduce their carbon footprint.

Teachers and children can go to the Climate Cops website at www.climatecops.com for interactive games and downloadable activities. Teachers can also visit www.npower.com/education to order their copy of the creative Climate Cops resources for 4-7, 7-11 or 11-14 year olds that brings education for sustainable development, science, geography and citizenship lessons to life.

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Children at Hubberston School get to grips with the interactive displays during the Climate Cops workshops.