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Stephen Freeman Primary School pupils get a first class eco lesson

A group of 48 students from Years 4 and 5 were shown some simple ways to save energy in an exciting and engaging way. The interactive day was filled with activities including generating electricity with body movement, working with miniature examples of renewable energy sources, using thermal imaging cameras to see how much heat is emitted from the human body and the effects of insulation Over 9,800 children took part in Climate Cops Academy days across the UK in 2010 and the programme has reached 38,000 students since it began in November 2007.

Didcot B Power Station Manager, Neil Scott, who was on hand to give advice to the children was delighted with the enthusiastic response by teachers and pupils, saying: “It’s wonderful that the Climate Cops programme is helping schools across the UK to become greener and more sustainable and is inspiring young people to get involved in energy efficiency, themselves.”

Stephen Freeman headteacher, Ruth Bennie, is delighted how enthusiastically the young students took to the interactive learning, saying: “Engaging the children is vital to the learning process and the Climate Cops day certainly achieved that; students are still talking about what they did and will remember the messages for some time to come.”

The Climate Cops programme travels the length and breadth of the country visiting schools in a bid to help them become greener and follows the Government’s National Framework for Sustainable Schools. Working with local councils, they provide schools with free energy audits and recommendations to help them to reduce their carbon footprint. The programme forms a key part of the npower Brighter Futures education programme, which aims to inspire young people from their first day at school to their first day at work.

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