Run on Sun

A collection of cross curricular activities designed for children to investigate solar energy.  

Years: 3, 4, 5, 6

Duration: 60mins

Curriculum Objectives: 16

Subjects: English, Maths, PSHE

Resource Overview

Run on sun is a collection of cross curricular activities designed for children to investigate solar energy.  Made by Friends of the Earth in collaboration SolarAid, this activity pack aims to teach children about the benefits of being a school running on solar energy.  Each activity has an activity card which is designed for children to work through undependably.  

More and more schools are switching to solar energy and these activities, requiring a mix of maths, computing, writing and art,  support children as they present information about whether your school’s would be ready for the solar switch.   Investigations include: Researching whether your school roof is suitable for solar panels. How much solar energy could your school generate? How much carbon emission can you stop?   How much money could your school save? And importantly, What could you put this money towards?

Friends of the Earth

Solar Aid

Resource Assets


Run on Sun Education Pack

Curriculum Objectives

  • Articulate and justify answers, arguments and opinions.
  • Ask relevant questions to extend their understanding and knowledge.
  • Consider and evaluate different viewpoints, attending to and building on the contributions of others.
  • Gain, maintain and monitor the interest of the listener(s).
  • Give well-structured descriptions, explanations and narratives for different purposes.
  • Listen and respond appropriately to adults and peers
  • Maintain attention and participate actively in collaborative conversations.
  • Participate in discussions, presentations, performances, role play, improvisations and debates.
  • Select and use appropriate registers for effective communication.
  • Speak audibly and fluently with an increasing command of Standard English.
  • Use relevant strategies to build their vocabulary.
  • Use spoken language to develop understanding through speculating, hypothesising, imagining and exploring ideas.
  • Year 3 (Age 7-8)
    • Add and subtract amounts of money to give change, using both £ and p in practical contexts.
  • Year 4 (Age 8-9)
    • Estimate, compare and calculate different measures, including money in pounds and pence.
    • Solve simple measure and money problems involving fractions and decimals to two decimal places.