Year 4 - Solar Aid Fundraising

Year 4 switch off to raise money

“I  was giving up ALL screens for the day and I struggled half way through because I desperately wanted to play my favourite game on my Kindle but my Mum reminded me how much money I would raise if I stuck at it so I kept going and it wasn’t so difficult.  In the end I raised £179!”

Year 4’s learning this term has had a real impact on people and the environment.  We started by looking at our how electricity has transformed our lives and finished by cutting down on our electricity use so that others could get access to solar powered lights.

Year 4 identified the many ways in which we are dependent on electricity for everyday activities at home and at school.  We even calculated how much electricity we each use playing on games consoles and tablet computers using an online energy use calculatorhttp://energyusecalculator.com/calculate_electrical_usage.htm

1.5 billion people worldwide live without electricity

The effect of this on health, learning and safety was explored when Julie Hodgson came to talk to us about when she lived and worked in Ethiopia.  Inspired to do something to make a difference to the lives of children with no access to electricity children in year 4 took up the Solar Aid challenge to raise money to send solar powered lights to people living in some of the most remote places on earth.  

Over £700 raised



“The commitment to the fundraising activity has been fantastic,” said class teacher Mr Williams. “We are really proud of everyone who took part.  When you look at what that money can be used for you see how small changes can make a big difference.”