Switch On To Switching Off lesson plan 11-14s

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: 11-14s
  • Subjects: Science, Environment & society
  • Topics: Energy

Curriculum links



Teaching should develop pupils’ understanding of democracy, government and the rights and responsibilities of citizens. Pupils should use and
apply their knowledge and understanding whilst developing skills to research and interrogate evidence, debate and evaluate viewpoints, present
reasoned arguments and take informed action.


Personal and Social Development

Social Development

  • Statement
  • Inter-personal Relationships

Independence and Interdependence

  • Natural World

Life Cycles
Conservation (Level E/F)


Personal and Social Education

Environmental Aspect

  • understand the key issues of sustainable development including actions that will improve the quality of life now without damaging the
    planet for the future
  • understand the interdependence of global systems and the effects of natural processes and human development

Emotional Aspect

  • know how to resolve conflict and negotiate agreement

Northern Ireland

Environment and Society


  • Developing pupils as Contributors to Society
    Develop an understanding of how people in different places interact with their environment

Learning for Life and Work

Personal Development

  • Explore personal morals, values and beliefs.

Local and Global Citizenship Unit

  • Investigate various ways to participate in school and society.
  • Investigate an issue from a range of viewpoints and suggest action that might be taken to improve or resolve the situation, for example,
    how to enhance an existing play area.
  • Design a community garden, environmental activities.