Pupils go green for the day with ‘Energy palace’ idea

A class from Sidmouth Primary School took a break from their normal lessons this week and spent all day on the One Day Climate Change Challenge.

Part of National Climate Change Week, schools and offices are given the challenge at 9am on Monday morning, which this year was Green Your Space.

Teacher Joanna Rousseau split the children into teams of five children who each had to come up with an idea to change a space in their classroom, school or local area to make it ‘greener’ by the end of the day.

They included installing public water fountains around Sidmouth, putting in a composting toilet on the school field, and encouraging people in the town to keep a chicken in their gardens.

But the winning entry was The Energy Palace, whose team, consisting of Amelia Badcock, Elise Mcshaw, Harvey Pearce and Jay Harris, wanted put an outdoor community gym at the Port Royal, which would power a new caf� next door.

This idea has now been submitted to the national competition and will be judged by an illustrious panel which includes Blue Peter presenter Helen Skelton.