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.
Sixty (60) key stage 2 pupils were treated to an Arctic Adventure last Friday, expertly delivered by Emma Espley and Sarah Shaw. After attending a CPD event organised for Geography/Humanities Subject Leaders and KS2 Curriculum Coordinators last June where previous...read more
Sixty (60) key stage 2 pupils were treated to an Arctic Adventure expertly delivered by Emma Espley and Sarah Shaw.
After attending a CPD event organised for Geography/Humanities Subject Leaders and KS2 Curriculum Coordinators last June where previous Arctic-themed workshops and WWW materials were showcased, a request was made by Liz Price for a similar day at Longney C of E Primary Academy on 29th September 2017.
The first challenge for the children was to piece together WWW’s Arctic puzzle map to find out where they might be going for the rest of the day.
They were then split into two groups: those with Sarah created a fabulous Arctic-themed dance: arriving in Greenland by boat, donning their cold-weather gear, skiing to a glacier before making their way across and pitching tents. The final scene saw the children portray ice shelves and glaciers, melting away – a striking representation of the impact of climate change in the Arctic region.
Emma’s session addressed the questions: “What are the challenges facing the Arctic today?: and “What will the Arctic look like in the future?” through several activities: A card sort to look at ‘true’, ‘false’ and ‘unsure’ facts; a matching exercise of images, mainly taken during the Polar Ocean Challenge with their appropriate captions; the generation of an Arctic word cloud and a ‘spot the
difference’ challenge looking at how the Greenland ice sheet has changed over 20 years or so. When asked if there was anything that surprised them, pupils mentioned the huge size of a polar bear and that around 4 million (10% of which are indigenous peoples, such as the Sami and Inuits), live within the Arctic Circle.
Following lunch, the final session of the day was a talk and Q&A by Digby Rawlins, Greenland expedition crew member and WWW volunteer. The children asked a lot of challenging questions, and were fascinated to meet someone who had travelled to the amazing place they’d been learning about in the morning.
If your school would like to hold a similar event please contact us – we’d love to support more schools with this awesome adventure day!
A more detailed look at the activities can be found in Emma’s blog.
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: email@example.com or use the Schools Contact Form.