Monthly Archives: June 2015


The Nature and Wellbeing Act

By | June 25th, 2015|Webwatch|

Does the UK need a Nature and Wellbeing Act of Parliament?  The Wildlife Trusts think we do. The legislation is designed to bring about the recovery of nature in a generation, for the benefit of people and wildlife.  The proposals have been drafted by The Wildlife Trusts and the RSPB and are supported by more than 20 partner [...]

Have you got a sustainability story?

By | June 25th, 2015|Webwatch|

What has inspired you to care about sustainability?  Why is sustainability important to you?  What are your hopes (and maybe fears) for the future? The South West Learning for Sustainability Coalition is collecting sustainability stories with the hope of inspiring and shaping change.  The Coalition has a stall at the Sustainable Schools Conference in Bristol on 2nd July, so [...]


By | June 24th, 2015|Blog|

New NAEE guide highlights 'environment' in the school curriculum How can teachers respond to the challenge of teaching about pollution, endangered species, deforestation, climate change, and other environmental issues? The National Association for Environmental Education (NAEE UK) has looked carefully at the numerous opportunities that the new early years and primary curriculums provide, for teachers and children in early years settings and primary schools, to [...]

Pig’s Egg & Jasper’s Beanstalk

By | June 24th, 2015|Book Review|

Pig's Egg is a brilliant book that explains about animal life cycles in a novel and amusing way. Pig is upset that his friends goose, duck and hen can fly and that they don’t have time to spend with him, as their eggs have all hatched (which introduces new vocabulary, particularly ‘gosling’ as a baby goose). [...]

The Giant Acorn Project

By | June 23rd, 2015|Webwatch|

The Giant Recycled Acorn project aims to raise awareness of recycling through a creative artwork which raises money for the Acorn Children's Hospices.  This is a competition for community groups and schools, and teachers are encouraged to enter their students' work – both primary and secondary. Participants should create an Acorn picture in any size or medium.  These can be painted, sculptured, [...]

A new UNESCO report promotes GCE

By | June 23rd, 2015|Blog|

UNESCO's report on delivering global citizenship education, Global Citizenship Education: Topics and Learning Objectives, is aimed at anyone who wants to promote the idea of global learning.  The report sets out a series of nine topics to explore GCE in the classroom.  It identifies learning objectives and themes for teachers to explore with students, and for policy makers to incorporate into the curriculum [...]

UK electricity generation in real time.

By | June 22nd, 2015|Webwatch|

If you click here, you can see how the UK's electricity is being generated at this moment.  Data are updated every 5 minutes, with a <5 minutes lag in getting the data on line.   It's impressive stuff from UK Energy Watch. The scope for school use of this site is huge, as there is a [...]

A random act of wildness

By | June 22nd, 2015|Webwatch|

A Random Act of Wildness is any thing that you can do in an average working day to bring a little nature into your life. It can take a few seconds, a few minutes, or if you lose yourself completely, a few hours.  This idea from the Wildlife Trusts has been running through June, so time [...]

Outdoor Learning Training

By | June 21st, 2015|Environmental Education Feature|

Building skills and confidence in using school grounds Sam Goddard, Forest School Leader, and Chair of Herefordshire Forest School Group, explains why outdoor play and learning is crucial to children’s healthy development, both physically, mentally and emotionally. In his acclaimed book ‘Last Child In The Woods’, Richard Louv says that many of our children are suffering from ‘nature deficit disorder’. [...]

The Early Education Journal

By | June 21st, 2015|Webwatch|

The British Association for Early Childhood Education is a national charity supporting early years practitioners with training, resources and professional networks, and campaigning for quality education for the youngest children.  The Association believes every child deserves the best possible start in life and support to fulfil their potential. A child’s experience in the early years has [...]