Monday 8 November 2021

Climate Conference Week: How our curriculum can help children understand

The Climate Change Conference 2021 (COP26) is upon us. Having started on the 31st of October the conference is being held in Glasgow, Scotland, where government officials from around the world gather to discuss and share how we can possibly slow down the impending climate crisis. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report that,

Many of the changes observed in the climate are unprecedented in thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of years, and some of the changes already set in motion—such as continued sea level rise—are irreversible over hundreds to thousands of years.”

As 120+ leaders gather over two weeks bringing focus to issues and relaying hard and worrying facts, those of us at home, watching, teaching, and discussing, hold a responsibility to create awareness for the younger generation. It’s important that we provide a clear and interactive learning environment, where students of all ages can share views on their understanding of climate change whilst reinforcing the magnitude of the situation. It can be a daunting and overwhelming task however, for both facilitator and learner.

The speeches and hoard of information from the conference could be upsetting for children. Allowing them to discover the issues themselves however, will encourage an ethos of learning. There is plenty of opportunity to support your students’ knowledge of sustainability and the environment, but it certainly helps if these steps are shared with you.

Ask first

You may be surprised by the knowledge of global warming and other climate issues known to your learners. As a parent it may be your child who insists upon separating the recycling and leading the way towards reusable materials. In the IPC you can investigate topics through the Knowledge Harvest which allows for students to share the information they already know about a subject and consider what they might want to find out more about.


Allow for discovery

A chance to discover and research must be presented for the student to absorb the information on a new subject, such as climate issues, but also to create a pattern of learning. This allows the learner to practice the art of research and the methods to do so. In the IMYC there is a big emphasis on overarching reflection which means the learner can reflect on the knowledge and highlight how the topic can relate to all the different subjects in school.


Apply Knowledge

Learning about the world around us is exciting and new, although while sharing the climate crisis news and the avenues that lead to its current state are daunting, we can encourage fun learning through educational activities. We learn best by putting into action. In the IEYC young children can develop a sense of self and place within their world by implementing understanding through active play.

With the Climate Conference well underway, it’s crucial that we take a step back to look at the big picture and how this might affect those younger than us. It’s a huge task to undertake but with a little help from the curriculums, it will be a breeze. You can find out more about our curriculums below.

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