Sunny Schools

Welcome to Sunny Schools, SolarAid’s free downloadable education resource, addressing the issue of climate change and solar power with a global dimension. The programme helps primary schools to bring these vital issues to life in an investigative and practical manner, increasing understanding around energy and global citizenship whilst working towards a more sustainable school and community life.

“Absolutely brilliant… this has really caught the children’s interest. We need to challenge our pupils and Sunny Schools does that.”
Deputy Head, Prince of Wales Primary, London

Light The Way Lesson Plan

An exploration of the value of light and the power of the sun to transform lives:

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This document outlines the lesson, and provides a brief checklist for materials, links, and other resources.

Understanding the importance of learning about solar is part and parcel of understanding the amazing impact it can have on people’s lives. These case studies tell stories of the positive effects our solar lights have had.

This PowerPoint introduces students to the many areas that SolarAid impacts.

This worksheet is designed to coincide with the case study cards. Once students have read the cards, this sheet can help them gain perspective on the negative aspects of kerosene, and how the solar lights help to combat those effects.

Sunny Schools Resource

Practical, investigative and discursive climate change and solar power teaching resources:

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This brief document provides an outline for the programme. We’ve worked with teachers to design a resource pack that tackles the issues of climate change and energy in schools, while bringing alive the science of renewables with a global dimension

These Teaching Cards provide detailed descriptions of each of the six units in this pack

These links provide many external resources for additional information, as well as online activities

These Activity sheets are fun and thoughtful and promote stimulating discussion to follow the activity

These photo cards provide visual examples of a range of topics, coinciding with the teaching packet.

These photo cards provide visual examples of a range of topics, coinciding with the teaching packet.

This document describes each photo card. Cards 1-9 show some of the effects of climate change seen around the world. Cards 10-15 show some of the human activities thought to be causing climate change.

Sunny Schools Support Documents

Assembly ideas, factsheets, worksheets,
quizzes and more:

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This document provides ideas for assemblies to explain what Sunny Schools is. The assemblies can also encourage more involvement with the rest of the school, and perhaps introduce an element of competition e.g. awards for best class at saving energy.

We worked with teachers to compile a list of books that we know, and love, that teach students about climate change. All books can be found on www.amazon.co.uk or www.barefootbooks.com/uk/shop

In this hands on unit, students learn the impact of eco-friendly housing. They will design houses, and discover which features positively impact the environment.

This document describes each photo card. Cards 1-9 show some of the effects of climate change seen around the world. Cards 10-15 show some of the human activities thought to be causing climate change.

Taking a quiz can show students how much they have learned, and this quiz is structured to show just how simple it is to understanding how to mitigate climate change.

These 9 fact sheets break down the many forms of renewable energy, how they work, and where they operate most effectively.

The Solar Cooking pack describes another hands on lesson. In this unit, students learn about the problems of cooking in the developing world, and finish by building a solar cooker.

These data sheets provide students with the forms to collect data on how much electricity their panels are producing, and recording the weather.

In these forms, we provide a website and listed a questions. Students can research using the links, and books to answer the questions.

A great way to turn your winter concert into something even more special:

Carols By Solar Light