Stop motion animation – forward thinking with ‘Change the Story’

Hannah Brennan Year 4/5 Teacher at Greenacres Primary School, Shropshire & Carolyn Drever English and Outdoor Learning specialist ……………………………………. Change the Story is an Erasmus+ project with partners in Turkey, Hungary, Italy, Austria and the UK. ‘Change the Story empowers pupils to create the future they want: to explore how climate change impacts their lives…

Fifty Years On

“We must have a curriculum role, or we have nothing.” NAEE is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year to mark its foundation in September 1971.  The background to this was the growth throughout the 1960s of an interest in what quickly became known as “the environment”.  The most significant educational aspect of this was the 1965 Keele conference…

Inspiring the Next Generation of Natural Historians

Stephanie West, Angela Marmont Centre, Natural History Museum Back in 2011 the House of Lords discussed the ‘Taxonomic Skills Shortage’. This followed years of discussion within natural history: our natural historians are ageing, where is the next generation, who will continue this work? Historically the UK has had a wealth of amateur and professional naturalists, able…

Mud and MEEN: urban ES education in the post-industrial landscape of Manchester

Raichael Lock, Manchester Environmental Education Network (MEEN) As Maria Puig de le Bellacasa1 argued recently in her plenary at the Royal Geographic Society Conference in London, ‘soil’ is a perfect metaphor for our troubled relationship with the ‘Earth’. So, that means, for urban ES educators, teaching about mud is more important than ever. In Manchester, the…