Working with Schools
WWW is passionate about helping young people to understand about climate change. One of the main ways we do this is working with schools to support teachers with all the resources they need to make climate change and it’s related topics as fun and engaging as possible in the classroom and beyond.
To make children’s learning experience come alive, WWW links directly with explorers and scientists who have first hand experience of the Arctic and other places experiencing climate change. Most of our teaching resources use first hand information and data from these experts, enabling us to produce truly unique and inspiring materials for use in schools.
We are developing partnerships with schools across the Arctic region so that children across different countries can be in touch and find out more about how climate change is affecting the people and land in those areas.
WWW works together with other organisations to promote learning about climate change and gather information and data to develop our materials. Visit our partner page to find out more.
Here teachers can sign in to access curriculum linked resources and other materials to support teaching in the classroom.
NEWS FROM SCHOOLS
Rob Hudson, POC 4th leg crew member, inspires teachers and pupils alike at Crockerne Primary School to talk about climate change by learning about explorers and the Polar Ocean Challenge.
On Tuesday, year 6 pupils at the school became explorers, and were transported to the Arctic through dance, drama and lots of activities to learn about the region and how wildlife and the people of the Arctic are affected by climate change. The day was delivered by...read more
WWW CPD Day: ‘Let’s go on an awesome, Arctic adventure!’
WWW’s first CPD workshop for primary schools teachers, entitled ‘Let’s go on an awesome, Arctic adventure!’, was held at The Gloucester Farmers’ Club on 31st March. The morning was facilitated by Emma Espley, an education consultant and co-creator of the WWW KS2 Scheme of Work.
The workshop aimed to give Geography / humanities subject leads new ideas about to link to the Arctic and climate change themes in lessons and to showcase the WWW KS2 materials.
Emma started the morning with a challenge: asking delegates to review their current school curriculum and identify any links to the Arctic at Key Stage 1 or 2, depending on whether they were based at an infant, junior, primary, middle or special school. A significant amount of time was then spent ‘unpicking’ the National Curriculum for geography and highlighting the many, possible links to the Arctic region and where WWW resources could support this.
We then looked at Wicked Weather Watch’s website and gave an overview of the new Key Stage 2 scheme of work and its accompanying resources. Whilst this is, perhaps, best suited to those in Years 5 and 6, it can easily be utilised with both younger and older students … there is a huge amount of content to ‘cherry-pick’ from.
I came away with some great ideas from the delegates about other materials that would be useful for them – videos and photos in particular. We hope to gather and using information from David H-A’s upcoming expedition to Greenland, which would tie in with the curriculum nicely! Watch this space for more info on the development of those resources!
A big thank you to Emma for organising and facilitating the workshop so well (read more about the day on her blog) and to the delegates for such positive feedback. We look forward to working with you!
The activities highlighted that the Arctic was not a continent and many pupils learnt for the first time that the Arctic is also known as the ‘Land of the Midnight Sun’ and why this was. Discussions during the day also revealed that many pupils were surprised by the variety of wildlife that existed, e.g. it is not only the land of the polar bear, that it is not all snow, ice and water and that people actually live there.
During the main part of the day, other activities from the WWW scheme of work explored recent changes, longer term Arctic climate trends, the impacts of climate change on natural systems and people, as well as questioning whether climate change was real or not. Considering the impact of climate change on people and natural systems via a diamond nine activity (left) encouraged pupils to appreciate that not all impacts might be negative and stimulated much in-depth discussion too.
A highlight of the day was a visit from Rob Hudson who had recently completed part of the Polar Ocean Challenge led by Sir David Hempleman-Adams.
Sign up to WWW via the links above to access our KS2 Scheme of Work and all supporting resources.
If you’d like to register your school’s interest in Wicked Weather Watch and find out more about how we can work together, please get in touch using our Schools Contact Form.
Or, if you already know that you want your school to join the WWW community and have access to all our teaching materials and resources, sign up using the JOIN NOW button!
We’d love to hear from teachers using WWW or other materials to teach about climate change, and showcase examples of pupils’ work on this page. If you would like to share your ideas and example, and inspire more young people to get involved in climate change then email: firstname.lastname@example.org or use the Schools Contact Form.