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School activities

A small number of activities have been developed and trialled as part of activity days organised by the CwC network. These activities cover topics from climate science to adaptation in a changing climate.

The resources accompanying these activities are concise and teachers may need to supplement these with information from one of the three sets of resources described below.

To download the activities listed in the table below, click on the title. As these files are in Word format, it is possible to adapt the tasks and work sheets where necessary.

Activity
number
Title Age range National curriculum subjects
1 Energy use over past 100 years (pdf)
9 – 12 science, citizenship, geography, PSHE
2 Carbon footprint (pdf)
11 – 18 geography, chemistry, biology
3 A day without energy (pdf)
10 – 16 geography, citizenship
4 Central versus local production of electricity (pdf)
11+ science, technology, geography
5 Potential for passive solar (pdf)
11 – 18 physics, technology
6 Solar roofs (pdf)
11 – 18 physics, geography
7 Glacier melting (pdf)
16 – 18 geography
8 Geothermal heating using heat pumps (pdf)
15 – 18 physics, geography
9 Extreme weather events (pdf)
14 – 18 citizenship, geography
10 Postcards (pdf)
8 – 14 citizenship, geography

Activities and resources

The factors influencing climate change are complex and so educational resources have been collated to illustrate the various climate change topics within the national curriculum for subjects as diverse as science, geography, global citizenship and ethics. The resources can also be used to teach languages as these are available in 7 languages through this website.

The resources are primarily in the form of activities together with background information to introduce the topic. Because of the nature of the observations and discussions, these activities are best undertaken in small groups where students can exchange information and arrive at some conclusions. The principal role of the teacher is to introduce the topic and facilitate and summarise the conclusions of the various groups. If the same methodology is adopted by your partner class (in another country) then you will be able to exchange information and discuss any differences in your observations.

Many activities have been developed and are being trialled to illustrate subject topics. These activities can comprise one or more parts of a lesson and lesson plans can be used to link to specific themes or topics in various disciplines. What classes joining the network should do is to link relevant climate change topics in various subjects so that students understand the causes and impacts as well as the need for action.

The resources accompanying these activities are concise and teachers/leaders may need to supplement these with information from other resources described below.


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