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Climate Change – Activities

Climate Change
Activities: Quick, little preparation required

What is the weather like?
As a class record the weather outside your classroom window every day for two weeks.  You can include the temperature on an outdoors thermometer, whether it is raining, snowing, sunny or windy and the types of clouds. 

Weather Extremes
Look at images of extreme weather – such as hurricanes, typhoons, sandstorms, blizzards, extreme heat etc.  Start a discussion about how extreme weather makes learners feel and what their reactions are to the images. 

Seasonal weather
What is the typical weather during spring, summer, autumn and winter?…

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Clothes – Activities

Clothes
Activities: Quick, little preparation required

Where are our clothes from?
Ask the children to look at the labels in their clothes and see where they were made. If your learners wear school uniform or the countries of origin are limited, provide a bag of clothes with a range of countries on the labels.…

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Energy – Activities

Energy
Activities
: Quick, little preparation required

A day in my life…
Ask learners to keep a log of a day in their consumer life, listing all the items they use and consume over the course of a day.  Plot this information in different ways: recyclable or non-recyclable; one use or multiple uses; from living sources (animal and plant) or non-living sources etc.  Consider the energy required to produce the goods and transport them to the point of use.…

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Food – Activities

Food
Activities: Quick, little preparation required

Quick maths activity

In England for every farmer under the age of 35, there are ten over the age of 65; a ratio that has more than doubled since 1995.  In 1995 40% of farmers were under 35 years old and in 2015 this figure reduced to 10%.  There are approximately 534 000 farmers working on England’s farms and this figure has remained stable for quite some time.  How many of these are under 35 years old now?  How many were under 35 in 1995?  What does this mean for the farming industry?…

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Health – Activities

Health
Activities: Quick, little preparation required

What do we mean by the term healthy?  Ask learners to discuss this question in pairs.  Ask them to write down their main ideas in a sentence and join another pair to compare their ideas.…

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Refugees – Activities

Refugees
Activities: Quick, little preparation required

Note to teachers: This is a powerful theme that for some class members can have personal resonance – either for themselves or within current or previous generations of their families.  It is important that this is recognised and it may need to be acknowledged during the study of this theme.…

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Trade – Activities

Activities Quick, little preparation required

‘Fair Exchange is no robbery’
Introduce the concept of ‘fair exchange’.  This proverbial saying goes back to Medieval times and means that swapping one thing fairly for another is not an issue for injustice or exploitation.  Research the saying and ask learners to write their own interpretation or illustrate the saying.…

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Transport – Activities

Activities: Quick, little preparation required

Modes of transport
Ask learners to think of a range of different modes of transport.  This could include cars, buses, the Tube, trains, ships, airplanes, walking, bicycles, skateboards, tricycles, scooters etc.  Explain what fossil fuels are (oil based products such as petrol, diesel etc which release carbon dioxide and nitrous oxide into the atmosphere contributing to climate change.) Ask the children to work in small groups to sort the types of transport into two piles: transport that requires fossil fuels and transport that does not require fossil fuel.…

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Waste – Activities

Activities: Quick, little preparation required

Story time! 

Read The Paper Bag Prince by Colin Thompson (Red Fox Picture Books) to your class.  Follow this reading with a class discussion about the issues of rubbish and waste.

Quick maths activity 

Plastic bags take 1 second to make, are used an average for 20 minutes and take over 100 years to degrade.  Set problems to investigate these proportions.  For example, what proportion of the time it will be used does it take to manufacture the plastic bag?  How many times longer will it take to degrade and disappear than it was used for?…

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Water Activities

Water
Activities: Quick, little preparation required

Water Use diaries
Ask learners to keep a water use diary over the course of a day. Compare and contrast water use amongst class members. You could analyse the data in Maths using this valuable real-life data.…

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