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Learning about Climate Change

By April 17, 2020Blog, Learn

What is Climate Change?

Climate change is the long-term shift in average weather patterns across the world. Humans have contributed to the release of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases into the air through a range of practices, including burning fossil fuels, driving vehicles or industry. Scientists believe that this is contributing to increased global temperatures and long-term changes to climate.

There are a wealth of resources available to help teach children about climate change or to help them to set up and run their own youth action projects in order to take action against climate change.

We have detailed a range of sources of information to support teachers and to support children with their own research and then we have directed to teaching and learning resources that can be used in the classroom, or for home learning.

Climate Change Information

Here are a range of websites that can support the development of teacher subject knowledge or that can be used to support children’s research about climate change

Met Office https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/climate-change/what-is-climate-change

BBC Newsround https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/45880633

BBC Bitesize https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/z849q6f/articles/z7dkhbk

Young People’s Trust for the Environment (YPTE) https://ypte.org.uk/factsheets/climate-change/climate-change

Geography in the News https://www.geographyinthenews.org.uk/issues/issue-31/investigating-what-causes-climate-change/ks2/

National Geographic Kids https://www.natgeokids.com/uk/discover/geography/general-geography/what-is-climate-change/

NASA Climate Kids https://climatekids.nasa.gov/climate-change-meaning/

Oddizzi https://www.oddizzi.com/teachers/explore-the-world/global-knowledge/environmental-change/how-is-it-changing/global-warming/

STEM/ Teacher’s TV https://www.stem.org.uk/resources/elibrary/resource/30884/climate-change-impacts

Teaching and Learning Resources

ResourceWeb address
Paul Tyler Climate Change learning activities (see activity documents)https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/paultyler
Six linked activities that children can complete to learn about climate change, finding out about cause and effect, facts and opinions, climate change news and sustainability
Primary Science Teacher Trust (PSTT)
Climate change Project Pack
This Project Pack was created to inspire children’s project learning about climate change in preparation for the PSTT Children’s Conference at the Primary Science Education Conference in 2019. The theme for the conference was ‘Climate Change and the Impact of Environmental Science’ and, as a result, the resource pack features a wealth of resources to support children to complete independent learning projects and has resources to support learning about a range of environmental issues:
• Air Quality
• Carbon Footprint
• Deforestation
• Coastal Erosion
• Energy Production/Renewable Energy Water Quality/Wastage
• Urbanisation
• Agriculture/Food Journeys
• Plastic Waste
• Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Oxfam Climate Change Resources for KS2https://www.oxfam.org.uk/education/resources/climate-challenge-7-11
Oxfam’s Climate Challenge resources provide a series of lessons to explore the causes and human impact on climate change, and consider what action can be taken in response. As a result of their learning, children are supported to prioritise and identify their own personal actions to combat climate change.
World Wildlife Fundhttps://www.wwf.org.uk/get-involved/schools/school-campaigns/shaping-our-future
A series of lessons that help children to learn about climate change and then to plan and complete personal actions for combating or campaigning against climate change.
Millgate House/ Practical Action https://infohub.practicalaction.org/bitstream/handle/11283/621418/Climate%20Change.pdf?sequence=1
Climate Change Concept Cartoon. An image that supports the discussion of climate change as children can discuss the views of the children in the image. Which view do they agree or disagree with and why?
Practical Actionhttps://practicalaction.org/schools/
Practical Action’s learning challenges help children to work in teams to complete challenges linked to climate change and sustainability. Particular challenges linked with climate change are ‘Regreen the Desert’, ‘Who’s in Control’ and ‘Beat the Flood’.
Practical Action’s videos help to illustrate the impact of climate change in different countries:
https://practicalaction.org/schools/videos-climate change/#practicalaction.org.uk/schools
Young People’s Trust for the Environment (YPTE)https://ypte.org.uk/teach
A range of resources to support teaching and learning about the environment. In particular, this resource includes a video to explain the greenhouse effect and lessons about sustainable development and the impact of climate change on some animal species.
Action Aidhttps://www.actionaid.org.uk/school-resources/search/s/topic/0-2368
A range of teaching and learning resources to support learning about the impact of climate change. Resources include learning about life in flooded Bangladesh or in an East African drought.
FutureLearn deliver courses created by experts from leading universities and organisations. Through the 'Nature & Environment' courses, learners will explore the natural world and understand the causes and impact of climate change.
Centre for Industry and Education Collaboration (CIEC)
Sustainability Resources

This publication has a series of learning opportunities to help children to learn about the concept of sustainability and to then investigate the sustainability of a range of resources, including metals, plastics and washing products.

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