14 Nov 14

Sizewell B launches workshops for primary schools

Sizewell B visitor centre officially launched energy workshops for primary schools this week with a visit from a school in Leiston.

Leiston Primary School, now part of Avocet Academy Trust, had a science lesson with a difference thanks to the power station.

The school moved Year 6 students to Sizewell B for the day for an up close look at how electricity is generated to help with their energy studies.

Pupils had a tour of the power stations visitor centre where they generated electricity for themselves by cranking up the power in one of the games on site, built a battery using the humble potato and created an electrical circuit board.

As a special treat the visit was topped off with a tour of the state-of-the-art Control Room Simulator so pupils could see how the nuclear reaction is safely controlled and monitored at the power station.

Janet Hogben, EDF Energy’s Chief People Officer, welcomed pupils to the station, Janet said: “It’s great to see that schools in Suffolk are using Sizewell B as part of their curriculum. The feedback we receive from teachers is that seeing is believing and pupils learn much from such visits as they are able to speak with people working in careers related to their studies and bring life to a topic. The children showed such enthusiasm, who knows we may have met a future station director of Sizewell B today.”

Marie Jinks, Leiston Primary School said: “Our belief is that real life experiences are the key to learning. This visit to Sizewell B enhances learning not just for our electricity topic but also gives us a creative stimulus for a wide range of subjects including literacy."

The visitor centre

Sizewell B has welcomed over 5000 people to the visitor centre since it opened in December 2012.
The visitor centre has recently recruited three new guides to deal with the increase in bookings for tours of the station. There is now a team of ten guides based at the Sizewell B visitor centre ready to meet schools and the general public keen to know more about how Sizewell B safely generates enough low carbon generation for over 2million homes.
The Visitor Centre will normally be open Monday-Friday from 9-4pm. The majority of the tours will be organised for schools and educational groups. However, members of the public will also be able to attend by appointment.
Visitors will be given an introductory talk about how the station operates, before being given a guided tour through selected parts of the plant. To find out more and to enquire about booking a visit, contact sizewellbtours@edf-energy.com.