Monthly Archives: March 2017

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Family activities at the Natural History Museum

By | March 27th, 2017|Webwatch|

Click here to see Easter activities at London's NHM. There are butterflies, Dinosaurs (of course), wildlife, and the Dodo. Click here for a preview that shows a shake-up that's been proposed for how we think about Dinosaurs.

Addressing the SDGs through education: new UNESCO publication

By | March 27th, 2017|Webwatch|

UNESCO has launched “Education for Sustainable Development Goals: Learning Objectives”, a new publication aimed at policy-makers, curriculum developers and educators. It contains learning objectives and suggestions for classroom activities to address each of the Goals as well as guidance on how to integrate ESD into policies and teaching.  To download the publication, click here.

Rotary’s endangered species project

By | March 27th, 2017|Webwatch|

The deadline for Rotary's endangered species project has been extended to April 30th. Teachers are invited to encourage their students to participate in an endangered species project and design and produce a leaflet showing how arctic animals particularly Polar bears are affected by Climate Change. Students are also encouraged to produce a depiction of a polar bear in any size using [...]

Migrant Workers on farms

By | March 27th, 2017|Webwatch|

FACE has added to its Handling controversial issues series, with a publication on Migrant Workers.  This provides classroom activities and information from a variety of differing viewpoints and aims to help pupils reach their own conclusions about this complex issue. The activities in this booklet can form part of a whole programme or, at the teacher’s discretion, [...]

Reports from Natural England

By | March 27th, 2017|Blog|

Here's a round up of recent and relevant evidence and reports, policy agenda developments, large scale delivery sector initiatives, resources and news items issued by the partnership of Natural England, The Council for Learning Outside the Classroom and Historic England on behalf of and for the Strategic Research Groups.  This supports the Strategic Research Groups for [...]

Storytelling outdoors

By | March 26th, 2017|Webwatch|

Countryside Classroom says that Chris Holland, an outdoor educator and author based in the south west, has launched an online storytelling for outdoor learning course. The course aims to empower teachers, outdoor educators, forest school leaders and parents to become better storytellers and facilitate memorable learning experiences through the power of story, narrative-led play, games and activities.

ITE ESD Audit

By | March 24th, 2017|Webwatch|

TEESNet recently commissioned an audit of Education for Sustainable Development provision within university based UK Initial Teacher Training providers. The results of the survey were presented at the University of Edinburgh seminar on the 10th March.

Tractors into Schools

By | March 24th, 2017|Webwatch|

Thanks to FACE for the news that school children across Lincolnshire saw a new addition to their playground when the ‘Tractors into Schools’ initiative returned last week.  The project, which was launched in 2016 by the Lincolnshire Agricultural Society and the National Farmers Union, has returned for a second year to educate children on farming, food [...]

Two more rivers get legal rights as people

By | March 24th, 2017|Blog|

We reported on March 16th the decision in New Zealand to grant the Whanganui river rights as a "legal person". India has followed this up, citing the New Zealand move, to declare the Ganges and Yamuna rivers to be people as well.  The Economist has a feature on both these developments, providing much more detail on the [...]

Waitrose supports Countryside Classroom

By | March 23rd, 2017|Webwatch|

Waitrose has made a donation to Countryside Classroom, allowing the site to "grow more quickly, reach more teachers sooner and expand the scope of resources available on the site." Tina Varns, Manager, Sustainability and Responsible Sourcing at Waitrose, said: "We think it’s really important to encourage children to learn about where their food comes from, how [...]