Footprint Futures

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Footprint Futures
The key stage 2 and 3 eco-footprint teaching resource from the Centre for Alternative Technology

Other Group Work Activities

  • Getting About
    This is a group activity using maps and public transport timetables.
    (From module Module 2: Transport)
  • Time Travel
    A discussion about how transport in the region has evolved over time.
    (From module Module 2: Transport)
  • Positive Futures
    Using the internet, pairs or individuals use the images of global problems and find positive versions or solutions to the problem which they then present to the class.
    (From module Module 7: Think Global, Act Local)

Things needed for this Module...

Building Consequences:
  • Paper and Pencils
Site Visit:
  • A site to visit. The Centre for Alternative Technology has several sustainable buildings made from different materials but you may want to visit somewhere closer to your school.
  • If you cannot find any examples of sustainable buildings to visit, try and find out about buildings that have had energy saving features added to them, such as insulation.
  • Even if you cannot find any positive sustainable examples, it will still be valuable to leave the classroom. Investigate a traditional building using natural materials – the materials may have low embodied energy, but how energy efficient is the building when in use? Or even investigate bad examples – pupils will gain a lot from being able to apply their knowledge.
Build it Yourself!:
  • Cardboard boxes
  • Craft materials, paper, scissors, glue etc
  • Clear plastic (eg windows from processed food packaging, or old A4 clear plastic wallets)
  • A icon printed set of designs (687.54 kB) for photovoltaic panels, solar water heating panels, tiles etc
Sustainable Planning - Buildings:
  • You could invite the person they interviewed on the site visit to help with this activity
  • Maps and aerial floor photo mats if you have them
  • Variety of media for recording
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You will need:

  • You could invite the person they interviewed on the site visit to help with this activity
  • Maps and aerial floor photo mats if you have them
  • Variety of media for recording

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Module 4: Buildings

Sustainable Planning - Buildings

Sustainable Planning - Buildings

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The pupils use what they have learned to design a regional sustainable plan for buildings.

What to do:

By now the pupils will be familiar with the routine of using the aerial photo maps or local maps to apply what they have learned to their local area. Although the maps will not show them a significant level of detail for individual buildings, they will have an overview of the regional built environment as a whole. In coming up with a sustainable regional building plan for the area, encourage them to think about what kind of requirements will be needed in the near future:

  • Will we need more housing, more industry buildings, more community buildings?
  • What kind of new buildings should there be?
  • What about the existing building stock – can it be refurbished easily?

Record their plans in a media of choice.

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