Find out how One Good Idea is linked to the curriculum for both primary and post primary students.

Primary curriculum links

One Good Idea provides your pupils with the opportunity to engage in many cross curricular activities across a range of subjects, including Science, Geography, SPHE, Art, Music, Drama, Literacy and Numeracy. Details in table below.

The project adds digital technology to pupils’ learning e.g. using digital technologies to collect evidence, record progress, create and share content, and to evaluate and reflect on their experience.

Taking part will nurture skills including curiosity, inquiry, creativity, confidence and collaboration, the importance of which are highlighted in the STEM Education Policy 2017-2026.

For lesson plan suggestions go to the fact sheet downloads available for each project topic. You could also use the SEAI primary science interactive whiteboard lessons to give students some hands-on experience on a range of areas.

SubjectStrandStrand Unit
Science Energy and Forces


Magnetism and electricity

  Materials Materials and Change
  Living Things Plant and animal life
  Environmental awareness and care

Environmental awareness

Science and the environment Caring for the environment
Geography Human environments Trade and development issues
  Natural environments

The local natural environment

Weather, climate and atmosphere

  Environmental awareness and care

Environmental awareness

Caring for the environment

SPHE Myself and the wider world

Developing citizenship

Media education

Art Construction Making construction
  Fabric and Fibre Creating in fabric and fibre
  Applicable to all strands Looking and responding
Music Performing Song singing
  Composing Improvising and creating

Drama to explore feelings knowledge and ideas, leading

to understanding

Exploring and making drama

Co-operating and communicating in making drama

Post primary curriculum links

One Good Idea provides your pupils with the opportunity to engage in many cross curricular activities at Junior and Senior Cycle, as well as being an ideal Transition Year project. It has strong curricular links across a range of subjects at Junior and Senior Cycle, including:

Junior Cycle - Geography; CSPE; Science; Business Studies; Music; Art, Craft and Design; Home Economics; English; Digital Media Literacy; and Environmental and Social Studies.  For examples see Post Primary Junior Cycle Curriculum Links table below.

Senior Cycle – Politics and Society; Geography; Physics; Chemistry; Biology; Business; Music; Art; Home Economics; English. For examples see Post Primary Senior Cycle Curriculum Links table below.

This competition facilitates the embedding of digital technology into pupils’ learning e.g. using digital technologies to collect evidence and record progress; to create and share content; to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding; and to evaluate and reflect on their learning experience.

It will also nurture skills including curiosity, inquiry, creativity, confidence and collaboration, the importance of which are highlighted in the STEM Education Policy 2017-2026.

For lesson plan suggestions see the factsheets on the topics page. The SEAI Energy in Action resources will give you lesson plans and discussion points to examine your chosen topic in more detail.

I would recommend One Good Idea to others as the overall benefits and links to the curriculum are very evident. It’s a great team building project and lots of fun.
Liam Kelly, Corpus Christi Primary, Limerick

Junior Cycle curriculum links

SubjectStrandLearning Outcomes
Science The nature of science

Produce, select and critically analyse data to identify patterns and relationships; draw and justify conclusions.

Organise and communicate research and investigative findings in a variety of ways fit for purpose and audience.

  Earth and space

Research different energy sources; communicate an informed view of ways that current and future energy needs on Earth can be met.

Illustrate how earth processes and human factors influence Earth’s climate, evaluate effects of climate change.

  Chemical world Evaluate how humans contribute to sustainability through the extraction, use, disposal, and recycling of materials.
  Physical world

Explain energy conservation and analyse processes in terms of energy changes and dissipation.

Research and discuss the ethical and sustainability issues that arise from our generation and consumption of electricity.

Geography Exploring the physical world

Classify global climates and analyse the factors that influence the climate in Ireland.

Differentiate between the types of energy resources produced by the physical world.

  Exploring how we interact with the physical world

Evaluate the environmental, economic, and social consequences of energy resources.

Assess the exploitation of water as a natural resource.

Examine the causes and implications of climate change.

Assess the interrelationships between the physical world and transport.

  Exploring people, place and change

Synthesise learning of population, settlement and human development within the process of globalisation.

CPSE Rights and responsibilities

Share stories of individuals or groups who inspire because of their work for human rights.

Identify examples of environmental rights.

  Global citizenship

Communicate how people are connected to and dependent upon eco-systems, people and place.

Consider a variety of definitions of development and devise own definition of sustainable development.

Create a visual representation of data depicting own ecological footprint.

Discuss three or more sustainable living strategies they can employ in their lives

Evaluate how to contribute in responding to one challenge currently facing the world

Transition Year and Senior Cycle curriculum links

Transition Year

The topics and structure of the One Good Idea project make it ideal as a Transition Year project. It provides students with opportunities to explore the issues of energy efficiency and climate change in a local and global context.

Students conduct original research and implement campaigns to bring about change in the school and local community. It requires students to research and campaign thus providing opportunities for:

  • Education for maturity with the emphasis on personal development
  • Social awareness and increased social competence
  • General, technical and academic skills with an emphasis on interdisciplinary and self-directed learning

Senior Cycle

SubjectStrandStrand Unit
Politics and Society Globalisation and Localisation

Describe voluntary work in the local community which aims to address environmental justice.

Describe how own purchases contribute to or address environmental justice through ethically traded goods, or through terms of trade dominated by western companies.

Describe how own energy use contributes to climate change, and the impact of climate change on people in less-developed countries.

Engage with different viewpoints in relation to sustainable development and evaluate and use evidence to come to a conclusion as to which of these arguments are most supportable.

Geography Regional Geography Study how human and physical processes interact in a particular area.
  Patterns and Processes in Economic Activities

Examine the use of renewable and non-renewable resources in the economy.

Examine the impact of the burning of fossil fuels and the use of alternative energy sources.

  Global Interdependence

Study the sustainable use of resources.

  Geoecology Examine how biomes have been impacted by human activities.
  The Atmosphere – Ocean Environment 

Study examples of climate change.

Study how climate characteristics have an influence on economic development.

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