Keen To Be Green (Old Curriculum - Please note that this Topic will be phased out at the end of July 2018)

Eye on the world (Old Curriculum)

Look at world concerns of global warming, climate change, green issues and eco-footprints. Use the WEEE Man sculpture as a stimulus, try the Good Life, consider food miles, then become Planet Protectors by recycling and spreading the green message!

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This Topic was written for the old National Curriculum of England.  We have left it on the website so that teachers unconstrained by the new National Curriculum can continue to access this material.  Teachers in England would have to adapt this Topic to the new curriculum or use some of the new Topics available on the website. 

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English Plan 1: Poetry - finding a voice

Read a range of poems about ‘saving the planet’ and identify the features used to get the poet’s message across to the reader. Clarify the meaning of some harder poems. Write a poem based on the structure of one read, then research an issue and write a poem.

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01: Worries about our world

What are the key ‘green’ issues reported in the media? Do children worry about the future of the planet? Design a survey to gauge opinion on green issues. Interview a friend and compile a list of the ‘BIG WORRIES’ that keep children awake at night.

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01a: Hitting the headlines

What are the ‘green’ headlines this week? Scan newspapers and online news services for the latest in environmental news. File a ‘News Watch’ report to record details of the story and location of the issue. Set up a ‘Green Issues in the News’ display!

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02: Global warming

‘Climate Change’ and ‘Global Warming’ are words heard in the news each day and key threats to the health and future of the planet. Research terms and present understandings as a poster/slideshow to clearly define the cause and effects of climate change.

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English Plan 2: Narrative - superheroes

Inspire children with two rhyming stories about Michael Recycle to create their own superhero and write an adventure to help save Planet Earth! Characters swap roles in The Three Little Pigs with an environmental theme. Children write a new version of a fairy tale.

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03: Hole in the ozone layer

Satellite images of planet Earth and the hole in the ozone are visually quite spectacular. Find the link between the hole in the ozone and global warming. Select a suitable art medium and reproduce this colourful image as a 2D or 3D model.

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04: Planet under pressure

Our planet is not as healthy as it could be! Greenhouse gases have contributed to global warming and climate change. Look at ‘before’ and ‘after’ images of 6 world locations and interview locals to see the devastating results of a planet under pressure.

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04a: A changing world

So what could happen? Climate change and global warming will have an impact on our planet. ‘Visit’ locations around the world to see examples of the kinds of weather that may be more common as Earth heats up. Write a poem to describe the weather conditions.

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05: Research at the Met Office

The Met Office team collect data that proves climate change. Look at the different categories of data and how weather and climate is measured. Write an application for a research position with the Met Office. What will you study? How will you collect data?

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05a: Monitoring UK climate

Gather data from climate and weather websites for cities in the UK and cities in countries throughout the world. Use a data-handling program to create a spreadsheet and input the data to show average monthly rainfall and temperature for the past 10 years!

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06: Interpreting the evidence

So what does all this data tell us? Look at how graphs can add to our understanding of data. Learn about the ‘auto’ functions of data-handling programs that assist in analysing data. Convert spreadsheets to graphical representations for easy access!

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06a: UK climate change predictions

Use knowledge gained as part of the ‘Met Office Climate Research Team’ to make predictions for climate change in the UK. Write a report using text, graphics, graphs and images to present at the government’s ‘Get A Grip On Global Warming’ Forum!

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English Plan 3: Poetry - weather

Read a range of poems about weather identifying features used for effect. Children investigate spelling patterns, homophones and write an alliterative poem. Study poems using similes and metaphors, particularly personification and inspire children to write their own.

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07: Weather forecast 3012

Compare all forms of weather forecasts and reports to find the type of information provided. Which reports do children and their families prefer and why? Use knowledge of United Kingdom climate change predictions to create a weather report for print media in the year 3012!

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08: And now for the weather

The daily TV and radio weather forecasts for the year 3012 are brought to you by climate experts from the Met Office! Plan and write a script for a weather report. Record or film the latest weather bulletin for national United Kingdom weather or present it ‘live’.

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English Plan 4: Non-fiction - newspaper reports

Analyse and try to emulate a TV news item on a green issue. Explore structure and lay-out of news articles, who are likely interviewees and how this is recorded. Examine role of fact and opinion in journalism. Carry out research then write an article to publish.

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09: Green headlines and taglines

And now for the news! How do news editors grab your attention with so few words? Look at the use of headlines and discover the tricks of the trade as they use several well-known techniques to create an effective headline. Match headlines and stories.

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09a: News article analysis

What makes a newspaper story? Analyse several news stories to find the key features of the genre. Record observations about layout and content of stories. Write a guide for newspaper reporters to ensure the quality control of latest breaking news articles!

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10: Roving green reporter

You are now a ‘roving green reporter’ for the national newspaper and your photographer has filed an alarming set of images and basic facts for you to research and follow up! Pack your bags and head off around the world to gather the facts and interview witnesses.

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11: Going to press

It’s time to write your newspaper article. Use publishing software to create a perfect ‘copy’ for the print run. Add an attention-grabbing headline and readers will be hooked! Insert, enlarge, reduce or crop an image to support your story and add a caption.

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12: Closer to home

Think and act on local ‘green’ issues! Identify issues and concerns of the immediate area and consider how you might raise public awareness of the situation. Write a ‘Letter to the Editor’ of a local newspaper or produce an informative poster. Lobby for action!

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12a: Local paper eco supplement

Take affirmative action and collectively work to publish an ‘Eco Supplement’ to report the main ‘green’ issues facing the planet. Raise the awareness of the school community and provide the information needed to ensure we “get a grip on global warming!”