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School Programmes

There are lots of resources available on the internet for teaching children and young adults about all sorts of environmental topics. At Litter Free Dorset, we’ve picked a few of our favourite online resources for key stage 1-5 students, all with engaging content covering environmental topics, such as single-use plastics, pollution and climate change. The fantastic resources below can be used for both home schooling and in the classroom.

Eco-Schools Programme

The Eco-Schools Programme is pupil-led, involving hands-on learning that gets the whole school and the wider community involved in exciting environmental projects.

The programme provides schools with FREE resources, specific to early years, primary, secondary school and college students, for each of the Seven Steps to help the school progress to the international Eco-Schools Green Flag within 12 months of registration. Schools do not need to pay for additional support from third parties.

Surfers Against Sewage’s Plastic Free Schools

Surfers Against Sewage’s plastic free schools programme is a system shaking, change making, pupil led education programme.  The programme has been created to hit key Early Years and National Curriculum targets, and equips and empowers young activists with the tools to create positive, lasting environmental change. Once signed up, a school has access to a whole host of resources, including  tutorial videos to guide you through the programme; lesson plans on plastic pollution, climate change and ocean health; and much more!

Surfers Against Sewage’s Digital Ocean School

From April to July 2020, Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) hosted a series of live lessons, linking to key curriculum subjects for KS1 – 3, on their Facebook and Instagram pages and created a series of resources that could be used alongside these lessons.

World Ocean Day for schools

The World Ocean Day For School’s platform is a free, digital resource tool for educators and parents. It is designed to connect, create, and celebrate the wonder and importance of our ocean to children and young adults.

Activities and resources are age specific and available to all key stages. Resources include curated sessions, pre-recorded videos, focussed sets of activities for World Ocean Day, and year round resources that complement curriculum learning, on topics such as pollution, water, climate and weather , oxygen, food and wellbeing.

Ocean Generation – Ocean Academy

Ocean Academy’s Ocean Generation have created educational resources for schools based around the big question: can we learn to live sustainably with plastic?

There are two ways to get involved with Plastic Oceans UK’s resources:

  • Ocean Discovery Days: STEM-based challenges for 11 –14 year olds (Key Stage 3) that can be run both in and outside the classroom, with 3 bespoke videos introduced by Sir David Attenborough.
  • Ready-to-run Lesson Plans for 5 to 16 year olds for STEM subjects and beyond. Written by teachers for teachers.

Rethink Periods Education Programme

Rethink Periods is a free, nationwide schools, PSHE-accredited programme updating mainstream period education in primary and secondary schools brought to you by City To Sea. The programme offers unbiased and informative information on all products available and the social and environmental contexts of menstruation.

The 2 Minute Beach School

The 2 Minute Foundation have created the 2 Minute Beach Clean School to provide 2 minute video resources to bring the beach to your home and teach your children about the importance of protecting our beaches and oceans.

Alongside the series of videos are resources to accompany, including notes for teachers/parents/carers, quizzes, wordsearches and worksheets.

Preventing Plastic Pollution school resources

Preventing Plastic Pollution have created a set of school resources all to do with plastics and the importance of reducing our plastic consumption.

Additional Resources

UNICEF Global Goals – Worlds Largest Lesson

  • World’s Largest Lesson has compiled these resources for teachers to use to introduce students to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals

Sky Ocean Rescue – teaching resources

  • Sky have created some useful activity ideas and printable resources that can be used by teachers and parents to help their students learn, create, and unlock passion for our oceans

Plastic Oceans – educational resources

  • Plastic Oceans have produced a 37 page education and discussion guide to accompany the ‘A Plastic Ocean’ film to a youth-oriented audience.

Royal Geographical Society – Plastic in the oceans teaching resources

  • Two lesson plans with activity sheets and other resources to educate Key Stage 5 students about plastic pollution in the ocean

Global Dimensions – Ocean Plastics education resource

  • A set of resources to be used when educating primary school children about the issues associated with marine plastic pollution and how we can help reduce ocean plastic

National Geographic – Primary Resources

  • This Geography primary resource helps children learn about the impact of human activity — particularly plastic waste — on our planet’s oceans

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