Top tips for teaching about climate change
Teaching the realities of climate change to youngsters, especially Key Stage 1 pupils, can seem overwhelming. It’s a complex problem, which could potentially scare the children, and there are areas where there simply are no definitive answers.
This shouldn’t stop you, however, as stories about climate change are everywhere on social media and in the press, and the children may need help identifying credible sources, and understanding the issues.
Empower positive action
When teaching climate change, it’s important to remember that what we do today can influence our tomorrow, so empower your pupils to embrace positive changes.
The change in question may be making personal lifestyle adjustments like eating more locally sourced food or influencing their parents to choose a greener car next time. Alternatively, it could be an activity which involves a larger group, such as participation in a tree planting event to increase CO2 absorption.
Educating yourself or others could equally represent a change. As a school, for example, you could raise awareness of the issues by running a climate-focused poster competition or organising a contest where the winning letter is sent to your local MP. The opportunities are endless!
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The range of resources has been curated with lesson plans in mind. For instance use one of the interactive jigsaws to introduce a topic - taking turns at the front of class. We've included lots of facts and figures with each jigsaw for discussion. Students could then go on to create fact files etc.
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