Drama workshops help pupils learn about saving energy

E.ON Play In A Day with facilitator Alan Lee Parker
E.ON Play In A Day with facilitator Alan Lee Parker

Pupils in Bedford have taken part in a project to learn about saving energy before performing a play.

E.ON’s Play in a Day drama workshop took groups of years 4, 5 and 6 pupils through a variety of tasks while exploring the subject of energy through fun and animated activities.

The young actors practised songs and took part in drama-based games as they learned about the importance of conserving energy.

Schools taking part were Shackleton Primary School, Goldington Green Academy and Lincroft School in Oakley.

Gail Stringer, Year 4 teacher at Shackleton, said: “This was a new activity for us and the children were really engaged in the activities. It was a good mix of facts and fun, and performing the play was a great way to get the children thinking about what energy is and how important it is to us all.”

Alison Gibson, senior community relations executive at E.ON, said: “We developed Play in a Day because we understand that energy can be a dry subject, particularly for primary school pupils. But by taking part, the children really do get the chance to look at the topic of saving energy in depth, and they all seem to enjoy performing at the end of the day.

“The plays that they put together are intended to be comical, so we hope that this approach means not only do the participating groups learn about how to be more energy efficient, the whole of the school gains something from the day’s activities and picks up some ideas about the steps we can all take around the home to make sure we use no more energy than we need.”

Since 2013, E.ON’s Play in a Day has visited more than 50 schools and over 1,500 pupils have taken part. As well as Play in a Day, E.ON also offers educational activities through its Energy Experience programme which has been created to help teachers working with young people aged 5-16 years.

Energy Experience includes online and classroom activities which support the curriculum, and which have been designed to help pupils understand all stages of energy production, distribution and consumption.

Full details and resources can be found at eon-uk.com/energyexperience