Switch On To Switching Off lesson plan 7-11s

This activity encourages students to switch lights off around the school. It does this through a host of lively activities that develop a range of skills from literacy to numeracy.

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  • Age groups: 7-11s
  • Subjects: Science, Environment & society
  • Topics: Energy

Curriculum links


National Curriculum

Geography KS2

Human and Physical Geography

Pupils should be taught to:

  • understand how human and physical processes interact to influence and change landscapes, environments, and the climate; understand how human activity relies on effective functioning of natural systems

Computing KS2

Pupils should be taught to:

  • understand computer networks including the internet; how they can provide multiple services, such as the world wide web; and the opportunities they offer for communication and collaboration
  • select, use and combine a variety of software (including internet services) on a range of digital devices to design and create a range of programs, systems and content that accomplish given goals, including collecting, analysing, evaluating and presenting data and information

Art & Design KS2

Pupils should be taught to:

  • create sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas


Health Education

Social Health (Level C/D)

Personal and Social Development

Personal Development

  • Statement
  • Self-Esteem

Social Development

  • Statement
  • Inter-Personal Relationships
  • Independence and Interdependence

Expressive Arts

Art and Design

Using Materials, Techniques, Skills and Media (Level C/D)

Expressing Feelings, Ideas, Thoughts and Solutions

  • Creating and designing (Level C/D)

Environmental Studies

Social subjects

People and Place

  • Knowledge and Understanding: Human-physical interactions (Level D)

Geography: People and Place

  • Knowledge and Understanding: The Human Environment (Level D)



3.1-3.4, 3.8, 3.11-3.11 (Scientific Enquiry)


2.1-2.3 (Making)

Information Technology

1.1-1.4 (Communicating and Handling Information)


3.1-3.3 (Theme)

Personal and Social Education

Environmental Aspect

Pupils should be enabled to:

  • know how the environment can be affected by human activity
  • understand how conflict can arise from different views about environmental issues

Northern Ireland

Learning for Life and Work

Personal Development

Pupils should be enabled to explore:

  • how to sustain their health, growth and well being and coping safely and efficiently with their environment
  • playing an active and meaningful part in the life of the community and be concerned about the wider environment

The Arts

Art and Design

Pupils should be enabled to explore:

  • investigate and respond directly to sensory experience, memory, imagination, reference materials and resources
  • use a range of materials, tools, and processes to realise their ideas and intentions to include: drawing and painting, three-dimensional construction

The World Around Us


Pupils should be enabled to explore:

  • some of the ways people affect/conserve the environment both locally and globally
  • the consequences of change through investigating global issues

Language and Literacy


Pupils should be enabled to explore:

  • using ICT to create, organise, refine and present ideas combining text, sound or graphics, for example: creating an electronic presentation"