Environmental Education Feature

/Environmental Education Feature

40 Years on from Tbilisi – a personal view

By | September 16th, 2017|Environmental Education Feature|

Later this year, it will be the 40th anniversary of the Tbilisi conference and Declaration which offered environmental educators everywhere such hope and promise for the future.  Now that the future is here, and the promise unfulfilled, a number of groups have plans to mark the 40 years in some way.  What follows is a [...]

Communicating across cultures

By | August 31st, 2017|Environmental Education Feature|

Communicating across cultures: from the Nepal Himalayas, to the Cambridgeshire Chalk Marl, to the Italian lakes In the winter of 2013/14, an environmentally orientated communication between schools in Italy, England and Nepal began. To initiate the connection, several steps had to be taken. First of all, while collaborators introduced the idea into the European schools, four volunteers began [...]

Studying a locality through a global lens

By | August 22nd, 2017|Environmental Education Feature|

It is quite a challenge to teach children to understand the environmental issues that our planet faces. The incredibly abstract scientific ideas backed up by a wealth of carefully compiled data are arguably of less significance to the average primary school pupil than other more pressing concerns that they might have at their age like [...]

A lesson plan on redesigning plastics

By | August 13th, 2017|Environmental Education Feature|

Redesigning Plastics is a new lesson plan written by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation's Schools and Colleges team as part of the World's Largest Lesson 2017 [*]. The two part lesson is aimed at students aged 12+.  It introduces key facts about plastics, what could be done to make them fit in a circular economy, and encourages students [...]

Project Wild Thing & children’s relationships with nature

By | August 9th, 2017|Environmental Education Feature|

Dr Ria Dunkley Sustainable Places Research Institute, Cardiff University I grew up in a village in mid-Wales and spent a considerable amount of time in the town, but that town was Aberystwyth and Aberystwyth looks out at the sea. My house was separated from that sea by a 120-metre Iron Age hill fort. My grandfather [...]

Montgomery Primary School visits Martineau Gardens

By | July 31st, 2017|Environmental Education Feature|

Hooda Samad Reception teacher, Montgomery Primary Academy, Birmingham As a ‘Talk 4 Writing’ school, we always focus our literacy around a story; this half term, Reception children are reading The Bad-Tempered Ladybird by Eric Carle. To immerse the children into the story, we planned a trip to Martineau Gardens which gave them hands-on experience by [...]

Being outside: the impact on students’ learning

By | July 23rd, 2017|Environmental Education Feature|

Lisa Bell Head of Curriculum for Early Childhood & Health, Brockenhurst College writes about learning and teaching outside the classroom and the impact on students’ learning. Brockenhurst College maintains an excellent academic reputation and is committed to providing the highest quality education for all, offering a range of courses, attracting around 3000 sixth-form students from [...]

Environmental education across a huge county

By | July 11th, 2017|Environmental Education Feature|

Kat Wooley Education Officer & Trainee Forest School Practitioner, Potteric Carr Nature Reserve, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust The county of Yorkshire is big: approximately 11,903 square kilometres (thanks Wikipedia) and has a population of just over 5 million. Yorkshire also has a wide and varied landscape, which is rather exciting for staff at Yorkshire Wildlife Trust to [...]

British Birdgirl introduces her peers to wildlife

By | June 24th, 2017|Environmental Education Feature|

Mya-Rose Craig is a 15-year-old British Bangladeshi young naturalist, birder and conservationist.  She writes the successful Birdgirl blog and was a Bristol European Green Capital Ambassador along with Shaun the Sheep.  She has also been listed with singer George Ezra and actress Maisie Williams as one of Bristol’s most influential young people. The article which [...]

Generating sparks!

By | June 5th, 2017|Environmental Education Feature|

Using the solar racing car challenge to teach about renewable energy “Make the fastest solar car you can!” This was the simple challenge posed to the students at Swinton School, Rotherham, on a recent renewable energy project day. Can you remember learning about electricity using a series of line diagrams filled with obscure shapes and [...]