M&S Cheshire Oaks Eco Store

Discussion and activity ideas

This page suggests ways in which the material in this resource can be used with different subjects, as prompts for discussion and extension activities. 

KS2/3 Geography and Cross-Curricular:

  • Are there any ways you could make your school more 'eco friendly'?
  • Make a list of the different tasks that would need to be done to build a store like M&S Cheshire Oaks. Think about what is needed at different stages of the build e.g. electricity, water, communications, walls, floors, lifts, windows, roofs, furniture, car parks. Then think of ways that these elements could be made 'eco friendly'. Looking at the link below called Water, Energy, Waster, Biodiversity, Community and Materials will help you.
  • Read about M&S Plan A to find out how M&S intends to become the world's most sustainable retailer.
  • The Primary School near to this Cheshire Oaks store has its own Eco Committee and was involved in the design of the children's play area (see Related Link 3 below). Find out if there is any proposed 'new build' in your area that your school could get involved in. It might be a new playground, shopping or health centre, or an improvement to an existing building.
  • Spot the differences between the interior of this 2012 store  and the one of 1933.
  • Use the differences you have spotted to help design a completely new school that has many eco friendly features.
  • Imagine you can see into the future. In another 79 years, what do you think a new M&S store will look like on the outside? What will it look like on the inside?

KS2/3 Art & Design/Product Design:

  • Design a new recycled M&S bag which promotes Plan A.

KS2 Maths:

  • If it took 550,000 hours to build, over three years and people worked an average of eight hours a day, how many people approximately would have been needed to build this store?

KS2 Literacy:

  • What do you think is meant by the phrase 'green store' and the word 'eco'?
  • This store took 550,000 'man-hours' to build. What do you think that means?


Biodiversity - the health of the ecology

Sustainability - the ability to support and maintain

'Eco' (Ecology) - the relationship between living things and the environment

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