Science and technology learning at Portland Spencer Academy and Westglade Primary School, both in Nottingham, has been energised by the donation of a set of 14 non-fiction and story books from energy company E.ON.
E.ON held a competition for employees to nominate a school to receive this new reading material to engage the pupils with energy related topics.
Donna Towler, Customer Service Advisor based at E.ON’s Phoenix Park office, said: “I entered the competition to win the books for Portland Spencer Academy as they currently have a small library of books and these would be a great addition to their collection.
“Teaching the primary school children about energy at such a young age will help them to become more energy efficient throughout their lives, helping them to understand about where electricity and gas comes from and how to not waste energy.”
Jessica Mitchell, PA for E.ON’s Digital & Marcomm’s Team, based at Newstead Court in Annesley, said: “The children at Westglade Primary School love reading and learning and so I know they’ll be thrilled with the books. Having worked on literacy through performing arts projects with the children I know that these books will really open their eyes, encouraging them to read and learn about energy.”
The collection of books, all of which are linked to the theme of energy, were carefully selected with help from a panel of Key Stage 1 and 2 teachers.
Kate Green, Head of School at Portland Spencer Academy, said: “Reading is central to our HEART curriculum. Often our children choose for themselves a reference or factual book when tackling a new topic, but for others, a story book might be more effective, especially when learning about scientific themes such as energy.
“What’s important is that we now have a bigger selection of books to use in support of our teaching of energy and electricity, so all of our pupils should benefit from E.ON’s donation.”
Other schools can access online videos, suggested classroom and home activities and request hands-on workshops delivered in schools, all aimed at encouraging 5 to 18 year olds to explore the STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) in an unexpected way through the E.ON Energise Anything! Programme.