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Educational resources: Teaching climate and energy


Free-to-use primary school educational resources


Here you can download our wide range of free-to-use and adaptable educational resources to help teach climate change and energy in primary schools.

Our materials are suitable for children in Early Years through to Key Stage 2 and are fully editable. They cover topics like ‘What is climate?’, ‘How to save energy’, and ‘What is fuel poverty?’.


Choose your Key Stage

Select your Key Stage to see the topics we cover.


How to use these materials

Here you will find information on how to use the educational resources, including contents, introductory videos, and a useful reference document for answering more technical questions.

Contents table for the Energy Matters educational resources.

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Guidance on using the Energy Matters educational resources.

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Background and context for the Energy Matters educational resources.

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Key terms for the Energy Matters educational resources for all years.

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Early Years

In these lessons you will …

Key terms document for Early Years resources.

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Included in this lesson download:

  • Lesson plan
  • Story and accompanying slides
  • Activity instructions: animal/climate picture matching game

Download lesson (zipped folder — 86.5MB)

Included in this lesson download:

  • Lesson plan
  • Story and accompanying slides
  • Activity instructions: the polar bear and the penguin

Download lesson (zipped folder — 28.7MB)

Included in this lesson download:

  • Lesson plan
  • Story and accompanying slides
  • Activity instructions: wind energy craft

Download resource (zipped folder — 19.8MB)

Included in this lesson download:

  • Lesson plan
  • Accompanying slides
  • Activity instructions: energy use in the home game
  • Extra resources: energy saving poster templates

Download lesson (zipped folder — 22.8MB)

Included in this lesson download:

  • Lesson plan
  • Accompanying slides
  • Activity instructions: classroom investigation
  • Activity instructions: renewable classroom craft

Download lesson (zipped folder — 12.5MB)


Key Stage 1

In these lessons you will …

Key terms document for KS1 resources.

Download file (Word document — 800KB)

Included in this lesson download:

  • Lesson plan
  • Accompanying slides
  • Activity: quiz
  • Activity: climate zones

Download lesson (zipped folder — 26.7MB)

Included in this lesson download:

  • Lesson plan
  • Accompanying slides
  • Activity: quiz
  • Activity: climate change blanket demonstration

Download lesson (zipped folder — 34.5MB)

Included in this lesson download:

  • Lesson plan
  • Accompanying slides
  • Activity: quiz
  • Activity: Zappy’s energy diary
  • Activity: wordsearch

Download lesson (zipped folder — 16.5MB)

Included in this lesson download:

  • Lesson plan
  • Accompanying slides
  • Activity: quiz
  • Activity: wind energy demonstration

Download lesson (zipped folder — 16MB)

Included in this lesson download:

  • Lesson plan
  • Activity: quiz
  • Activity: appliances in the home
  • Activity: energy detectives
  • Activity: waste-a-lot house

Download lesson (zipped folder — 12.1MB)

Included in this lesson download:

  • Lesson plan
  • Accompanying slides
  • Activity: letter writing

Download lesson (zipped folder — 15.8MB)


Key Stage 2

In these lessons you will …

Key terms document for KS2 resources.

Download file (Word document — 600KB)

Included in this lesson download:

  • Lesson plan
  • Accompanying slides
  • Activity: quiz
  • Activity: climate change board race

Download lesson (zipped folder — 53.9MB)

Included in this lesson download:

  • Lesson plan
  • Accompanying slides
  • Activity: mapping climate adaptations in our area

Download resource (zipped folder — 32.4MB)

Included in this lesson download:

  • Lesson plan
  • Accompanying slides
  • Activity: letter writing

Download lesson (zipped folder — 25.6MB)

Included in this lesson download:

  • Lesson plan
  • Accompanying slides
  • Activity: quiz
  • Activity: energy sentences
  • Activity: energy fact file
  • Extra resources: make a pinwheel instructions and wind power challenge

Download lesson (zipped folder — 31.7MB)

Included in this lesson download:

  • Lesson plan
  • Accompanying slides
  • Activity: quiz
  • Activity: What uses watt?
  • Take home activity: investigating energy at home

Download lesson (zipped folder — 42.9MB)

Included in this lesson download:

  • Lesson plan
  • Activity: make an energy saving plan
  • Take home activity: home energy questionnaire

Download lesson (zipped folder — 5.8MB)

Included in this lesson download:

  • Lesson plan
  • Accompanying slides
  • Activity: quiz
  • Activity: budgeting exercise

Download lesson (zipped folder — 15.5MB)

Included in this lesson download:

  • Lesson plan
  • Accompanying slides

Download lesson (zipped folder — 14.6MB)


Whole school resources

Our whole school resources include:

This assembly download includes:

  • Session plan
  • Accompanying slides

Download assembly (zipped folder — 16MB)

This assembly download includes:

  • Session plan
  • Accompanying slides

Download assembly (zipped folder — 6.8MB)

This assembly download includes:

  • Session plan
  • Accompanying slides

Download assembly (zipped folder — 24.6MB)

This assembly download includes:

  • Session plan
  • Accompanying slides

Download assembly (zipped folder — 26MB)

This whole school activity pack includes:

  • Activity: pupil-led school energy audit
  • Guidance for organising school energy competitions

Download activity pack (zipped folder — 6.7MB)

Guidance on how to run an energy cafe event at your school.

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Whole school activity: energy use quiz.

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These materials were produced as part of the Merton Energy Matters project with the funding and support of the London Borough of Merton and Merton’s Climate Action Group. They have been trialled and tested with the Be Different Federation of schools and developed in collaboration with other primary schools in Merton. All images have been used with permission or with Creative Commons licensing including, Unsplash and Creazilla.

The Energy Matters logo and illustrations were created by illustrator and CSE Household Energy Services team member, Daisy. Check out more of her work here.

If you have any questions, comments or feedback regarding these materials, please email communities@cse.org.uk.

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