Climate Change Education to Support the Curriculum for Wales
Participants discussed established STEM outreach activities in addition to presentations from teachers who have already delivered successful lessons on climate change.
Some of the benefits of attending the event included:
• Fully resourced climate change curriculum lesson plans.
• Teachers inspired and supported to develop informed citizens with an understanding of the impact of their actions.
• Opportunity to develop a network to share teaching ideas and ‘tried and tested’ lesson plans.
• Build relationships with academia and third sector to access a knowledge bank.
• Develop awareness and ideas for school research activities.
• Detailed understanding of the significance of climate change.
• Blending together areas of learning across curricular
• Awareness of how actions can have a positive or negative impact on our world.
• Opportunity to explore and apply their learning to real world problems.
Feedback from participants included "I saw ways that I will be able to adjust my own teaching and help encourage my students to see what they can do"
There were 30 teachers present at the event and the feedback was very positive.
Following the workshop the Climate Change Education to Support the New Curriculum for Wales report was produced.
Helen Ross, a Special Educational Needs specialist and dyslexia expert who attended the event, wrote in a blog post,
“This week, I have attended a conference organised by Jennifer for teachers and educators on incorporating climate change into their lessons, planning and potentially their whole school culture. It has been inspirational. The talks from people working in different stages of education and in diverse settings gave practical ideas, methodologies, and tried-and-tested examples of how we can mindfully and constructively embed climate change education into our own settings. We were given resources, we were shown lesson plans and we heard a talk from a young climate activist who has already taken on some of the lessons that perhaps we, as adults, should already be acting on.
All this was undertaken within the context of the reviewed Welsh curriculum, which will have cross curricular learning, a global outlook and ethical citizenship at its heart. I saw ways that I will be able to adjust my own teaching and help encourage my students to see what they can do. I saw ways that I can make small changes in my own life which will benefit the environment and make it better. Most of all, I saw passion and integrity combined with hope and practical ways forward, ways that I can use and pass on.
And for that I am most grateful.”