Leeds pupils learn about energy efficiency

Pupils from Scared Heart Catholic Primary School become Climate Cops.
Pupils from Scared Heart Catholic Primary School become Climate Cops.
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PUPILS from Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School have taken their pledges to become npower’s latest ‘Climate Cops’.

Around 55 students from years four and five at the Leeds school spent a day learning about energy through npower’s interactive enviromental education programme, Climate Cops Academy.

The pupils were shown simple ways to save energy through activities and team challenges including generating electricity through body movement, using a thermal imaging camera to see the effects of insulation and identifying ways energy could be saved at home and in school.

Each year npower also gives their employees a chance to nominate their local primary school to be in with the chance of having a Climate Cops Academy. Ten schools are picked from across the country and employees have the chance to volunteer on the day.

Lesley Trory, Meterplus Analyst from npower who nominated the school because her son Samuel attends and who volunteered on the day, said: “It was great to see how the Climate Cops Academy explains how we can all do our bit to energy in interactive way for the children.

“Working at npower myself I am always trying to teach my son the importance of saving energy in a fun way and hopefully this will encourage Samuel to put what he has learnt into practice.”

Rachel Reeves MP for Leeds West who attended the school’s Climate Cops Academy said: “The Climate Cops Academy is a fantastic project which is helping children in Leeds to learn more about the world they live in and the importance of the environment. It’s great to see so many nine and ten year olds who want to make the world a better place.”

Over 8,000 children took part in Climate Cops Academy days across the UK in 2013 and the programme has now reached over 60,000 students since it began in November 2007. The academy travels the country visiting schools to help them become greener and bring science and geography to life for their pupils.

Working with local councils, they provide schools with free energy audits and recommendations to help them to reduce their carbon footprint.

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