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Climate Action Week 2022

Timed with the Scottish Government’s Climate Week, Climate Action Week is a series of interactive lessons, inspiring stories and activities about climate change and what we can do about it.

 

We are grateful to our special guests from the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS)and Children's Author and Illustrator Mini Grey courtesy of the Scottish Book Trust

 

Upper Primary

A series of five interactive lessons aimed at helping your class understand what climate change is, its impacts, how we are contributing to this situation and how we can contribute to its solution. These lessons are supported with resources and activities that classes can carry out after the each lesson. 

Contents: 

  • Lesson 1: What's Happening to our Planet 
  • Lesson 2: Our Human Footprint
  • Lesson 3: Innovation & Observation 
  • Lesson 4: Conservation Stories 
  • Lesson 5: Assembly

Download lesson resources

Lesson 1: What’s happening?

  • Greenhouse gases
  • Experiment: temperature
  • Demonstration: warming effects 
  • Greenhouse gases in everyday life

Lesson 2:  Our Human Footprint

  • What we've learned so far
  • The footprint of animals & humans
  • Example: the footprint of chocolate
  • How can we make a footprint smaller?

Lesson 3: Innovation & Observation

  • What we've learned so far
  • Special Guest: Claire Herbst - Forth Valley College
  • The power of observation
  • Innovation in nature

Lesson 4: Conservation Stories

  • Ecosystems
  • Scottish species
  • Observing wildlife
  • Conservation

Assembly

  • Your Questions
  • Your work
  • Address from First Minister Nicola Sturgeon
  • Running Out of Time Relay

Early Years and High Schools

Single lessons with supporting resources. Storytime for Early Years with Author and Illustrator Mini Grey courtesy of the Scottish Book Trust, and an interactive session for High Schools.

Story time for Early Years

  • Welcome
  • Story: What is Climate Change?
  • Mini Grey reads her beautiful story The Last Wolf
  • Download Resources

Lesson for High Schools

  • The human footprint
  • Climate Justice
  • How we got to this point
  • How can we change things?
  • Download Resources

Craftivism 

This year's Climate Action Week included an invitation for pupils to create a collective piece of craftivism inspired by the artwork of artist Paul Bartlett

He says: “I am so impressed by the enthusiasm and skill demonstrated by all who took part in the collage competition. They have really embraced the ethos of recycling and through their work highlighted the importance of protecting our natural world. The variety of creativity is truly amazing. I have been inspired by some of the novel ways these young folk have used collage and I might be stealing a few ideas myself! Well done to all who took part and I hope that you continue to be inspired by nature and share this passion with others.”

Watch the video below to find out how to make your own amazing collages as a gentle form of activism.

This video was generously created by Paul to demonstrate the process of creating a collage from scraps of paper.

Please find more details and some of Paul Bartlett's work here.

Craftivism gallery

In 2022, we gave pupils the chance create their own collage to encourage others to protect our native wildlife. The winners of this competition were awarded a wildlife camera trap plus a virtual tour of either the Highland Wildlife Park or Edinburgh Zoo, courtesy of our friends at RZSS. Here is what they created!

View gallery

 

 

Related Lessons

Climate Action Week 2021

Watch lessons from last year's Climate Action Week again. Learn how we are contributing to climate change and how we can contribute to its solution. 

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