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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Further information

Participation in the competition

  1. Team members submitting an entry must be registered students in a schools from the Republic of Ireland to be a valid entry. The Promoter (Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland, situated at Wilton Park House, Wilton Place, Dublin 2) reserves the right to seek verification from the relevant school of the registration of any students who have entered the competition.
  2. It is the responsibility of all participating schools to give permission for their students to participate in the programme and oversee their participation therein. A teacher/principal must sign each team's entry form to validate permission for all participants. The promoter is not liable in any way for costs, expenses, damages, liability or injury arising out of or in any way connected with the Awards programme.
  3. Each team will comprise of a minimum of two and a maximum of six students.
  4. Entries must be anchored in energy / climate change related topics as outlined in the project pack and on the website.
  5. The closing date for the receipt of Campaign Proposals is Friday 6th November 2018.
  6. All submissions must be made via the online platform.
  7. Each teacher that enters teams into the competition will go into a prize draw for a teacher’s prize of a hotel voucher. The winner will be announced in May 2019 and notified by phone, email or mail. The teacher’s prize is non-refundable and cannot be exchanged. No cash equivalents are available as an alternative for the prize that is offered.
  8. The shortlisted Primary and Post Primary teams will be selected and notified the week beginning 7th January 2019.
  9. The shortlisted Primary and Post Primary teams will receive a workshop with their One Good Idea mentor before mid February 2019 in their school.
  10. The shortlisted Primary and Post Primary teams will receive feedback and assistance from the One Good Idea team on how to activate their campaign and document it in their Presentation Pitch / Video throughout January/February/March 2019.
  11. The closing date for receipt of the Presentation Pitch is 8th March 2019 or such later date as may be advised on the website.
  12. Primary school's Presentation Pitch must include a campaign diary form submitted online and a 4 minute video of their pitch. Post Primary schools must submit a 1 minute video and campaign diary form online. Teams may also submit additional work such as photos / poster etc, this is optional.
  13. The teacher / school must verify it has obtained valid consent for the use of any images or videos of a minor when submitting their projects.
  14. Please keep a record of all creative pieces on an electronic/or digital format. The Promoter requests that all audio pieces can be electronically transferred.
  15. Real Nation and the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland cannot accept responsibility for lost, damaged or delayed entries. Proof of posting is not proof of receipt. Entries cannot be returned to entrants. 
  16. The finalists will be announced and notified week commencing 25th March 2019.
  17. Employees and family members of employees or persons directly associated with Real Nation and the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland are not eligible to enter this competition.
  18. The personal details of entrants will be used solely for the purposed of the One Good Idea programme.  All personal details submitted by entrants will be treated with confidence and in full compliance with GDPR legislation.
  19. Individual prizes, all of which are based on the category of the prize winner, will be detailed on the website in advance of the National Final, May 2019.
  20. The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. No cash equivalents are available as an alternative for the prizes that are offered.
  21. Prize winners will receive their trophies on the day of the National Final.
  22. Prize winners and teachers may be asked to participate in publicity (photographs, interviews, quotations etc.), in which case consent forms will be made available.
  23. Copyright of all original material entered in this competition is retained by the author. By submitting a project for entry, the entrants and the relevant school or college grant the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland the right to reproduce the entry (in full or in part) on the radio, on the website at or in such other publication as the Authority might nominate, without payment.
  24. The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland reserves the right to amend, withdraw or terminate the competition or alter the specification of the competition without prior notice should that specified be unavailable for reasons beyond their control.
  25. Notwithstanding that the winners may have been declared, if the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland discovers before the distribution of prizes that for any reason under these rules a winner should have been ineligible to enter the competition or if the entry should have been declared invalid, the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland reserves the right to determine that a winning team is disqualified.
  26. All entrants agree to be bound by the rules of the competition; failure on the part of any entrant to adhere to any or all of these rules will render the entry in question invalid.