The latest Think Global newsletter contains features on:
- New data legislation Education resources Global Educator of the Year 2018
- Fashion Revolution Week TrustLaw and Think Global webinar
The Wildlife Trusts are running wild again in June and encouraging everyone to join in. They say:
Can you do something wild every day throughout June – 30 simple, fun and exciting Random Acts of Wildness. You can have a free pack of ideas to help plan your wild month, plus lots of ideas from your local Wildlife Trust to help you stay wild all June. T
To get your free 30 Days Wild pack, which includes a wallchart, a poster, an interactive booklet and some stickers to help you go wild, just select who is taking part and take the next step here.
Learning through Landscapes reminds us that the Local School Nature Grants programme allows schools to apply for both products and for training.
For details of LTL’s recent publications, click here.
Nursery World says that Ofsted is planning a new focus on physical development in early years settings. Ousted’s deputy director of early education, Gill Jones, says that nurseries and pre-schools are not adequately physically challenging.
Speaking at Action for Children’s Munch ’n’ Move event, Jones said inspectors are not routinely seeing children in early years settings being physically active and getting out of breath. To make children more physically active, practitioners need to encourage children to take more ‘safe risks’, she said. She also highlighted the ‘disparity’ between the recent Early Years Foundation Stage Profile results for the ‘moving and handling’ learning goal and current levels of childhood obesity, which led her to question the goal.
What’s the moth no one likes? An English Heritage report says that southern England is more at risk from common clothes moths than the rest of the country. There are roughly 2,400 species of moth in the UK, but most do no harm to clothes – even immigrants from the continent. The only culprits are the common clothes moth, the large pale clothes moth, the case-bearing clothes moth and the tapestry moth, but you would do well to come across that. EH has a helpful educational guide: From Pests in Houses Great & Small, and a set of Top Tips for preventing clothes moth infestations.
Every May, the International School Grounds Alliance calls on schools everywhere to get their students outside to celebrate their school grounds during International School Grounds Month. The Alliance thinks that school grounds are increasingly important spaces for the healthy development of children and young people.
You’ll find an activity guide here.
Is your school engaged in the global learning programme? The figures seem impressive (about 10,000 school overall):
– England: 33% – Northern Ireland 37% – Scotland 59% – Wales 51%
But in how many of these is environmental education part of the programme? Or is global learning still more about social justice issues?
The UKSSD network has published an update of its work supporting the sustainable development goals in the UK.
There’s a particular focus on health and details of the launch of the review of the UK’s performance on the Goals at the House of Commons on 3 July. The review has been led by the 17 Chapter Leads, with close to 100 organisations taking part as contributors. NAEE’s Chair of Trustees was part of this team.
Nomination are now open for the Awards for Outstanding Contribution to LOtC 2018 with the winners at the conference in November. The categories are: Educator – Innovator – Advocate – Lifetime Achievement
You can nominate your LOtC Hero here.
The Soil Association is offering a free packet of bee-friendly, organic phacelia seeds. Just request the seeds here and you’ll soon have beautiful purple flowers, buzzing with bees and butterflies whether you have a garden or a window-box, you’ll be providing food for hungry pollinators near you. Plus – you get to enjoy seeing your outside space come alive with buzzing bees and other wildlife.
Here’s a link to Soil Association info on pesticides.
Here’s the latest from the Environmental News Network.
London’s Natural History Museum has some shocking images of how rhinos are being persecuted for their horns. Rhino horn is no different to finger nails, and ingesting them does as much for you as chewing your nails and swallowing the results. This does not stop gullible people in Asia from buying the stuff, or unscrupulous, murderous traffickers from encouraging the consumption. It also has a feature on butterflies where the images are much easier on the eye.