Resources for teaching students inside and outside the classroom and training staff to teach climate change confidently

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Climate Change

Talking to Children About Climate Change

  • Guide for talking to children about climate change and making sure you are being age appropriate for this emotive topic.
  • Interview with David Gameau on why he created the film ‘A Vision of the World in 2040’ for his daughter
  • Leeds DEC have designed a ‘Climate curriculum’ in consultation with experts suggesting key learning outcomes by the end of each key stage of learning e.g. key terminology & impacts of climate change

Understanding Eco-Anxiety

  • Navigating Chaos – a host of fantastic psychological insights into hope, particularly when faced with doubts such as “it’s not enough” or “it’s not fast enough”. 
  • Civil Beat – resources for stress free ways of talking to children about climate change. 
  • Gen Dread – a newsletter by Dr Britt Wray on staying sane in the climate and ecological crisis. 
  • An article by Dr Renee Lertzman about accepting and articulating our emotions.

Teaching Resources for Primary

  • The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals are a set of 17 goals designed to support human development without destroying the planet. This video explains the goals and there is a wealth of great teaching activities related to each of the goals.
  • Why does eating healthily affect the outcome of the Global Goals? Plate Pioneerz.
  • Transform Our World have a range of useful teacher-related resources from individual lesson plans and assemblies, to full-scale year-long programmes, on a range of sustainability and environment-based topics. Age group is specified.
  • Transform Our World have a resource to help you get started with the SDGs
  • Sustainability and Environmental Education (SEEd) provide resources for primary school educators to teach about a number of topics concerning nature e.g. energy & climate change, water, nature & biodiversity, food & farming
  • UNESCO provides multimedia educational resources for primary schools including ideas for classroom activities under the topic of ‘climate action’.
  • Encounter Edu has compiled a list of resources for KS1-4 organised into activities, multimedia and teaching resources with both units and individual lessons.

Teaching Resources for Secondary

  • The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals are a set of 17 goals designed to support human development without destroying the planet. This video explains the goals and there is a wealth of great teaching activities related to each of the goals.
  • Why does eating healthily affect the outcome of the Global Goals? Plate Pioneerz.
  • Neil DeGrasse Tyson’s Simple Explanation of Climate Change video. Useful for students who still need convincing that climate change is a problem that is caused by human activity
  • Transform Our World have a range of useful teacher-related resources from individual lesson plans and assemblies, to full-scale year-long programmes, on a range of sustainability and environment-based topics. Age group is specified.
  • NASA Climate Kids– a website designed for children to explore and learn about climate change
  • The Economist Foundation–  teaching resources to spark discussion on climate change (you may need to scroll down a bit to find the relevant section)
  • Paul Turner, Head of Geography at Bedales School in Hampshire, has compiled a variety of resources in order to equip teachers to teach the climate emergency. Including material to read, videos to watch & content to teach
  • Science Museum – Carbon Cycle Caper: Resources include notes for teachers, questions, process cards and a presentation. Students “play out” the carbon cycle, understand how it has affected our use of fossil fuels since the Industrial Revolution and its impacts on the climate
  • Science Museum – Climate report: Resources include notes for teachers and templates for cubes, which the students make. Cubes cover three areas – Australia, Russia and Costa Rica – in 2011 and what could happen in 2051. Students will learn the difference between weather and climate, appreciate the diversity of climate types around the world, and its impact, and predictions of what could happen in the next 40 years
  • UNESCO provides multimedia educational resources for secondary schools including ideas for classroom activities under the topic of ‘climate action’. Also provide a digital library course for secondary school teachers
  • Encounter Edu has compiled a list of resources for KS1-4 organised into activities, multimedia and teaching resources with both units and individual lessons

Jo McAndrews on supporting children in the face of climate change

The World’s Largest Lesson: The UN’s Global Goals
WWF-UK Penguins and Polar Bears

St Dominics children on food waste

Neil DeGrasse Tyson’s Simple Explanation of Climate Change

Beaumont School SustFest 2019

Greta Thunberg and George Monbiot: Protect/Restore/Fund Natural Climate Solutions. Secondary+
How much carbon is produced from the production of a cheeseburger? Upper Primary and Lower Secondary (7 +)

Energy Saving

  • Join The Pod– interactive sustainability website with resources such as the ‘Switch On to Switching Off lesson plan’

Gardening and Healthy Food

  • Royal Horticultural Society– the RHS has numerous projects for encouraging gardening in school, including the RHS Campaign for School Gardening
Sir John Lawes Eco-Garden

Creating Space for Wildlife

Teacher and Staff Training

  • edX– Climate Change: The Science and Global Impact
  • Climate Conversations: Run a conversation within a group of staff colleagues, after school, either as a two hour session or two one hour sessions. If you want to talk about climate with your colleagues, but aren’t sure how, here are some ready-made materials to help you.

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