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Peterborough Powerdown Fortnight

Category: Education

Date: 25.02.2014

Time: 15:06

If you had driven past many Peterborough Schools on the 22nd of November last year you would have been forgiven for thinking that they were closed for the day.  In fact they were going  all out to be the school who used the least energy on Powerdown Day the culmination of Peterborough Powerdown Fortnight.

Schools such as Queen’s Drive Infant school linked Powerdown to the curriculum and as well as learning about Energy Saving, the pupils all came to school in bright clothing to reinforce the road safety messages they had been learning “Be B right, Be Seen”.  They did their lessons by torch and “candlelight” (battery powered tea lights) and everyone had a packed lunch so that the cook didn’t have to use the ovens.  Prior to the day the pupils had taped up the staff room dishwasher, kettle and microwave. 

Not all schools took it to the same level of switch off as the dedicated souls at Queen’s Drive infant.  But across the city pupils were keeping a check on their fellow pupils and staff, making sure lights, overhead projectors and whiteboards were switched off when not in use.  Many schools had a visit from the Watts Energy Challenge team and found out how hard they had to cycle to generate electricity. 

Some schools had visits from Space Pirates or travelled back in time to find out how fossil fuels are made courtesy of the Theatre in Education Company Act On Info.  The Education Team at PECT had brilliant fun delivering a range of Energy and Climate Change lessons to pupils, the lesson on Solar Energy for the Infant pupils was particularly popular.

And we are about to do it all again with 15 different schools.  The March Peterborough Powerdown Fortnight runs from 3-14 March, the PECT Education Team will be out and about again with our solar cars and dancing flowers helping the youngest pupils understand how the sun and wind are helping to power their TV’s and Games consoles and look out for those Space Pirates who are making another attempt to steal this planets Energy.

Still not sure what Powerdown is all about?  The fantastic Green Team at Dogsthorpe Junior school made a film to explain it to their fellow pupils, so please watch.


Promoting Healthy, Local Food in Schools

Category: Education

Date: 11.02.2014

Time: 14:38

The Environmental Education team here at PECT is very pleased to announce the beginning of an exciting new project in select Peterborough schools. Love Local in Schools is a pilot programme designed to deliver a variety of healthy eating lessons in Key Stage 2 classrooms, providing additional resources to help schools sustainably carry forward the message of healthy living. The PECT team, supported by Public Health, will deliver a variety of lessons on seasonal eating, making healthy food choices, and developing basic cooking skills.

Our exciting topics include interactive and hands-on learning about things like food miles, introducing pupils to the seasonal UK food calendar to encourage pupils to start thinking about locally grown food. Students will get a chance to explore different flavours and textures, learning about reading food labels and how to prepare simple recipes from scratch.

While many of our lessons will be carried out in the classroom, Love Local in Schools will be also delivered in as many dynamic environments as possible, carrying out lessons outdoors to encourage pupils and parents to get to know some of our amazing local resources. To keep things interesting, we’ll be working up an appetite by cycling with some schools to a local picnic area at a wildlife reserve or country park. We’ll also be having lessons on growing food at community allotments like the Green Backyard or going on foraging walks in area woodlands with a wild food expert. We’re excited to be working with amazing local food providers, like touring Moor Farm in Newborough, and using the excellent food and farming resources available at the East of England Showground – all resources that help children understand the journey food makes from farm to fork.

We’ve also got fantastic individual cookbooks for each participating child; pupils will be adding recipes we’ve prepared in class as well as coming up with some of their own ideas! To top it all off, we’ve got fresh organic produce to prepare from Woodlands Farm for the duration of the project.
Our first sessions have already been met with much enthusiasm and excitement by the children! We will continue to carry out our lessons from now through summer term.


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