Activities and Resources for Schools

School Activities

School visits are made up of a tour of the facility – visiting the Control Room, Grab Crane controls and the viewing window into the grate.

While part of the class are having this tour, the rest will be carrying out activities focusing on waste reduction, reuse and recycling.

In the sections below can be found summaries of the activities and resources available for their planning and delivery

The Education Manager is also available to visit your school and deliver many of these activities as classroom sessions

The visitor centre

The visitor centre

Primary Schools

Guided Tour

On a Guided Tour you will visit the heart of Greatmoor EfW

You will see the Waste Bunker and Tipping Hall, hopefully seeing deliveries of waste being tipped into the bunker.  You will also see waste being loaded into the Grate by the Grab Crane.  All of this from the safety of the Grab Crane operating window.

You will see the Control Room, where the whole plant is operated and meet some of the people who work there.

You will also visit the Grate (or furnace), where the viewing window enables you to see the fire that is burning the waste and helping to generate the electricity.

Small visiting groups will be able to explore other areas of Greatmoor. You could visit the Turbine Hall, where the electricity is generated, and experience the amazing winds created by the condenser fans.

Key Stage 0 1 2
Visits to Greatmoor No No Yes
Outreach Visits to Schools N/A N/A N/A

 

Where does waste come from?

In this activity you will investigate the manufacturing process involved in 5 familiar waste items.

You will investigate the different stages in their production, and identify the natural resources and energy inputs required to create each item.

Aluminium Drink Can

Plastic Milk Bottle

Steel Food Can

Sheet of Office Paper

Glass Jam Jar

You will investigate the stages in the production of each item and calculate the energy used in their creation.  You will then compare the items based on their environmental impact.

All of these items can be recycled. Using data showing the energy used in their recycling you will assess which items should be recycled and decide which one is the most important for recycling.

Key Stage 0 1 2
Visits to Greatmoor No No Yes (Yrs 5 & 6 only)
Outreach Visits to Schools No No Yes (Yrs 5 & 6 only)

Do you know what waste should go in your household waste bins?

You will be given examples of everyday household waste, what are they made out of?

Should they be put in your recycling bin, food caddy or go with the non-recycling?

Key Stage 0 1 2
Visits to Greatmoor No No Yes
Outreach Visits to Schools Yes Yes Yes

In this activity you will look at the packaging of some common household items

What is the packaging for?  Is it all necessary?

How is packaging used to encourage purchasing?

How has packaging changed over the last 50 years?

Can you improve on the packaging of these items?

You will identify which elements of packaging are necessary, and which may not be.  what is the packaging made from?

Can you redesign the packaging to minimise waste but still make the item attractive for the buyer?

Key Stage 0 1 2
Visits to Greatmoor No No Yes
Outreach Visits to Schools No No Yes

Re-imagining Packaging – Teachers Notes

Re-imagining Packaging – Lesson Plan

 

The Bag House Filter tubes are an extremely important part of the facility

The two-part metal frames are covered by 6m long bags and they are used to collect the air pollution control residue, cleaning the flue gas emissions before they are passed to the stack

This is a practical team work challenge – how long can each team construct and dismantle a bag house filter

There then follows a mathematics challenge….how long would it take to replace all 3000 filter tubes?

 

 

Key Stage 0 1 2
Visits to Greatmoor No No Yes
Outreach Visits to Schools N/A N/A N/A

How much waste is generated by your packed lunch?

If your class is bringing a packed lunch to Greatmoor, why not enter the Waste Free Lunch Challenge?

All of the waste from your classes’ lunch will be collected and weighed.

The school which created the least waste per person at the end of the year will receive an award

Key Stage 0 1 2
Visits to Greatmoor No No Yes
Outreach Visits to Schools N/A N/A N/A

How does an Energy from Waste facility work?

What happens after the waste is delivered into the waste bunker?

Can you work out how the electricity is generated and what happens to the flue gases after the are created by the fire?

You will map out the energy from waste process, answering a range of questions about it as you do so

Key Stage 0 1 2
Visits to Greatmoor No No Yes
Outreach Visits to Schools No No Yes

When your recycling bin is emptied by the household recycling cart it is taken to a Materials Recycling Facility (MRF)

At the MRF it is sorted (mostly) automatically

You will be given eight items of recycling – three different types of plastic, a glass jar, some paper, a cardboard box, an aluminium drinks can and a steel can.

Can you work out how automatic waste sorting works, using just some cardboard tubes, a magnet and a torch?

Key Stage 0 1 2
Visits to Greatmoor No No Yes
Outreach Visits to Schools No No Yes

How much waste is biodegradable?

How long does it take waste to break down into natural components if it is in landfill or just left lying around as litter?

In this hands on activity, you will be asked to estimate decay times for a range of common waste items such as crisp packets, aluminium cans and apple cores.

The decay times are then revealed on an ever expanding time line – which starts at 1 year then expands to over 1000 – how long will it take for all of our waste to break down?

Key Stage 0 1 2
Visits to Greatmoor No No Yes
Outreach Visits to Schools No No Yes

The Greatmoor Education Manager is able to visit your school and deliver assemblies, talks and classroom sessions

A standard assembly can cover the management of common items of household waste

With adequate notice, we are happy to tailor visits to your needs – for example

  • At a school with “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” as their term theme, we delivered an assembly on chocolate wrapper waste
  • After Easter we delivered sessions investigating Easter egg packaging

 

Most of the activities above can be run as classroom sessions in school. Many such as Re-Imagining Packaging and Unmixing Your Recycling will require you to collect items for the activity in advance.

Some of the activities are suitable for Key Stage 0 and 1 (please see the relevant sections above)

Secondary Schools

Guided Tour

On a Guided Tour you will visit the heart of Greatmoor EfW

You will see the Waste Bunker and Tipping Hall, hopefully seeing deliveries of waste being tipped into the bunker.  You will also see waste being loaded into the Grate by the Grab Crane.  All of this from the safety of the Grab Crane operating window.

You will see the Control Room, where the whole plant is operated and meet some of the people who work there.

You will also visit the Grate (or furnace), where the viewing window enables you to see the fire that is burning the waste and helping to generate the electricity.

You then visit the Turbine Hall, where the electricity is generated, and experience the amazing winds created by the condenser fans.

Key Stage 3 4 5
Visits to Greatmoor Yes Yes Yes
Outreach Visits to Schools N/A N/A N/A