Glasgow Sustainable Housing Focussing on skill development and pupil centred learning
The Plan Design and build a model house with energy saving things in it and carry out experiments to show that insulation reduces energy consumption.
Skills This task promotes creativity, teamwork, planning, time management, numeracy, linking theory to real-life situations, decision making and practical ability. It uses techniques such as reactive planning, peer assessment and ownership of learning.
Engaging - group discussion Resources photos that pupils have previously taken of energy saving things in their homes. Photos of the Glasgow house. Pamphlets about energy saving bulbs and white goods. Energy savings bulbs, filament bulbs. Internet Post-it notes A2 paper Thick pens Prior knowledge Heat can be lost by: Conduction Convection Radiation
What to do In groups discuss what you think a house could have in it to help reduce energy losses. Think about any energy savings things you have in your own homes Put your ideas on ‘post-it’ notes and stick them on the large piece of paper on the wall. Use the pamphlets and the internet to find out about some of the ideas on the ‘post-it’ notes.
Project - what to do Research energy saving things in houses Decide what you will put in your house Decide where you will put each type of insulation Build your house with the insulation Do experiments to measure heat loss with different types of insulation Report your findings and conclusions to your peers
Planning the house House plans Planning where to put the circuits The team planning the layout of their house
Under construction- dolls house Tools of the trade
Under construction- shoe box teamwork Solar panels
Insulation Floor with polystyrene, foil and carpet Polystyrene under thick carpet Loft with insulated tank cotton wool and bubble wrap Polystyrene lined walls