Climate change Evidence
‘I’ve learnt that no one is too small to make a difference’ – Greta Thunberg
At Morley Victoria we understand the importance in teaching children about worldwide issues current leaders are facing. Climate change is at the forefront and we see it as our responsibility to ensure our children not only hold the knowledge to understand the problem but we encourage them to actively participate in questioning solutions and begin to take actions themselves. Some of the challenges involved in climate change may feel big and scary for children; we offer a safe, guided space to explore and reflect on what is happening in the world, developing a sense of shared responsibility and building upon their understanding and feeling of empowerment.
The Early Years Foundation Stages focus on respecting the environment. Activities include litter picking, nature hunts and waste and recycling activities using the provision areas. In Key Stage 1 the children learn about the changing weather and climate, identifying the impact of this on some animals, plants and environments both in our locality and elsewhere. This develops further into Key Stage 2 where the children look specifically at the impact of fossil fuels, carbon footprint and begin to make predictions based on current trends. There is a heavy focus throughout school on responses to climate change with initiatives such as planting trees, renewable energy and strike action.
We also give children the opportunity to become elected as part of our ‘Eco Committee’. This gives the children a voice in the way our school can become more environmentally friendly. The first step in our journey to a greener school will be creating an action plan to work towards gaining the accredited Green Flag, Eco Schools award. Climate change is also a hot topic on the agenda at our Cluster Council Meetings which involves all schools in Morley and in council events that involve school council representatives from all over Leeds.
When learning about climate change, creating a link with home is essential to allow children opportunities to put their learning into action and try out sustainable methods within their homes and communities. This year we have looked at the impact of non-recyclable plastic on the environment (both in landfill sites and the ocean). Children in all years created ‘Eco-bricks’ at home. We have used these bricks to design and build sustainable sculptures in our school grounds, such as a bird table.
See below for the planned curriculum that we are going to use as a basis for our teaching and learning and the evidence we have collected so far.
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