We live in a predominantly inside environment so sometimes we forget to dress appropriately. Wearing appropriate clothing to school will help to save energy by reducing the need to use heaters and air-conditioning. By knowing how hot or cold it will be before we dress in the morning, we can make appropriate clothing choices.
Layering your clothes like an onion is a great way to manage weather changes throughout the day. Wear something light as a first layer and then rug up with long sleeved tee-shirts, jumpers, jackets/coats. You can take these off and put them in your bag or locker as the day becomes warmer.
This sign was created by the CERES SEOG team to help schools ‘Dress for the Weather’. Click here to download a copy
Here’s are some tips for starting a program at your school:
>> Talk about the WHY – Why is it important to dress for the weather? Why is it important to save energy?
>> Use the CERES sign as a template for students to create their own poster for the classroom.
>> If your school is in a particularly cold environment, you might want to add a fourth layer to the mix (for temperatures under 10 degrees).
>> Choose 2 reliable students to make a ‘Dress for the Weather’ announcement at the end of each school day. They could look up the following day’s weather at a site like the Weather Channel (http://www.weatherchannel.com.au/) and tell the school how many ‘layers’ are needed for the next day.
>> Ask a group of students to promote the heating and cooling system to the school community eg. in the newsletter.
>> Ask students to suggest any other ideas for reducing the need for heating and cooling in your classroom eg. installing blinds on windows, turning off computers at the end of the day.
>> These online activities might assist learning for younger students:
* http://www.crickweb.co.uk/Early-Years.html (Dressing Lecky)
Check out Gembrook Primary School’s Dress for the Weather poster – http://dev.sustainability.ceres.org.au/resource/dress-for-the-weather-at-gembrook-ps/