Award for bumblebees

Countryside Classroom has announced that the the Bumblebee Conservation Trust has won top funding from the Aviva Community Fund.  They have been awarded £25,000 for Pollinating the Peak.  This project is based in Derbyshire and has education and community engagement at its core.  There are five strands: buzzing gardens buzzing communities buzzing schools buzzing tourism and skills…

Next week c/o Project Dirt

This is what Project Dirt is up to next week; Sunday 2nd April Seed Saving Masterclass – Bristol (9:30am – 1pm) Friday 7th April Building with Straw Bales – Brighton, East Sussex (9am – 5:30pm) Saturday 8th April Introduction to Permaculture – Brighton, East Sussex (9:30am – 5pm) Open Garden Day @Bleakhouse Library – Sandwell (11am – 3pm) Sunday…

That was British Science Week

Even if you missed British Science Week – last week – it’s still worth looking at the website for ideas and inspiration. The theme for this year’s British Science Week was “Change”, encouraging young people to think about and investigate the changes happening in the world all around us; from seasons and climate, to materials…

Climate change and me

CC & Me is an Australian project that sets out to empower children and young people in Northern NSW to engage in climate change research and action.   The aim is to learn about and develop the awareness, attitudes and actions of children and young people towards climate change. The project is working with local children and young people…

Addressing the SDGs through education: new UNESCO publication

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

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

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

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

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.