Almost a decade ago, Surfers Against Sewage conducted a Plastic Pollution Brand Survey; a brand audit that revealed that the majority of all beach litter (56%) was attributable to just twelve corporations, dubbed the ‘Dirty Dozen’. Use the PowerPoint to introduce the students to this historical data as well as their challenge and the reasons behind it. Together, explore the data gathered 10 years ago that led to the naming of the ‘Dirty Dozen.’ Speculate about how it may be different 10 years later.
Using the poem, 'Tribute to Trees,' by Elizabeth Barling as a stimulus, this resource provides opportunities to develop the spoken word as well as comprehension, composition and performance skills. Activities include exploring acrostic poems, haiku and storytelling as well as follow up work for back in the classroom.
Identify how trees from around the World are adapted to suit their environment in different ways, sometimes in challenging environments, with this fun and interactive lesson written in partnership with One Tree per Child. Develop initial ideas and expand learning from the classroom to the outdoors using inspiration from trees.
Investigate the Fibonacci sequence with this fantastic outdoor Maths lesson, created in partnership with One Tree Per Child. Pupils can explore number patterns and sequencing in the context of the natural world, using found objects to give their learning relevance, and even apply their sequencing skills to some number pattern poetry. A brilliant way to develop mathematical skills whilst getting closer to nature!
Cities shape our health and well being and people’s decision-making shapes cities. This lesson plan allows children to find their voice and develop their scientific, communication and decision-making skills in order to influence change.
Litter left on beaches, washed into rivers or thrown overboard from boats not only makes the marine environment look unpleasant, it kills thousands of marine animals every year, usually by ingestion, entanglement or smothering.
Balloons and sky lanterns may look pretty while they are going up, but when they come down as litter they pose a real danger to marine life, particularly sea birds who can become entangled in the string, and turtles who may ingest balloons mistaking them for food. Learn with your class why the 'Don’t Let Go' campaign is essential to help reduce their impact in your area.
We are often told to draw what we see, rather than just what we think we see. However, this lesson encourages pupils to draw what they want to show, rather than just what they see. To do this, pupils will have to really understand the object in front of them by closely observing it, before then trying to get this across in their leaf drawing.
“We often forget that WE ARE NATURE. Nature is not something separate from us. So when we say that we have lost our connection to nature, we’ve lost our connection to ourselves.” ― Andy Goldsworthy
This lesson, based on his work, aims to readdress this balance and reconnects children with the natural world that surrounds them.
Using the fabulous Sound Collector poem written by Roger McGough the children are given the chance to collect their very own sounds in a lesson perfect, not only for creative writing, but also for developing excellent speaking and listening skills.
A practical activity which explores the meaning behind giving gifts – and gets pupils making chocolate lollipops with ethical packaging. This lesson enables pupils to consider what makes something a thoughtful gift to give to someone that is close to them, begin to think about where our gifts and gift wrapping come from and discuss more ethical options and create their own gift wrapping by re-using materials that might have been thrown away.