Raising Awareness Days
Earth Day

Earth Day on the 22nd of April is a perfect day to remind your class about the many ways we can look after the planet through simple everyday actions, such as recycling, litter picking, reducing waste and use of plastic bags and making gardens more wildlife friendly.

Session 1 Recycling

Objectives

Art and Design

  • Use a range of materials creatively to design and make products.
  • Use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination.

Design and Technology

  • Select from and use a range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks (cutting, shaping, joining & finishing).

English

  • Develop pleasure in reading, motivation to read, vocabulary and understanding by listening to, discussing and expressing views about a wide range of contemporary and classic poetry, stories and non-fiction at a level beyond that at which children can read independently.
  • Use spoken language to develop understanding through speculating, hypothesizing, imagining and exploring ideas.
  • Participate in discussions, presentations, performances, role play, improvisations and debate.

Music

  • Use voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes.
  • Play tuned and untuned instruments musically.

You Will Need

You do not need any particular resources for this session.

Session 2 Reducing Waste

Objectives

Art and Design

  • Use a range of materials creatively to design and make products.
  • Use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination.

English

  • Develop pleasure in reading, motivation to read, vocabulary and understanding by:
    • listening to, discussing and expressing views about a wide range of contemporary and classic poetry, stories and non-fiction at a level beyond that at which they can read independently.
    • being encouraged to link what they read or hear read to their own experiences.
    • participating in discussion about what is read to them, taking turns and listening to what others say.
  • Use spoken language to develop understanding through speculating, hypothesising, imagining and exploring ideas.
  • Participate in discussions, presentations, performances, role-play, improvisations and debate.

Music

  • Use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes.

Science

  • Observe closely, using simple equipment.
  • Use their observations and ideas to suggest answers to questions.
  • Gather and record data to help in answering questions.
  • Identify and name a variety of everyday materials, including wood, plastic, glass, metal, water, and rock.
  • Distinguish between an object and the material from which it is made.

Teaching and Activities

Children will:

  • Find out about reducing waste.
  • Learn about composting and set up a compost area in school.
  • Take part in practical and creative investigations.

You Will Need

  • A worm puppet

Session 3 Green Environments

Objectives

Art and Design

  • Use a range of materials creatively to design and make products.
  • Use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination.

Design and Technology

  • Select from and use a range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks (cutting, shaping, joining & finishing).
  • Build structures, exploring how they can be made stronger, stiffer and more stable.

English

  • Develop pleasure in reading, motivation to read, vocabulary and understanding by:
    • being encouraged to link what they read or hear read to their own experiences.
    • participating in discussion about what is read to them, taking turns and listening to what others say.
  • Use spoken language to develop understanding through speculating, hypothesising, imagining and exploring ideas.
  • Participate in discussions, presentations, performances, role play, improvisations and debate.

Science

  • Observe closely, using simple equipment.
  • Use their observations and ideas to suggest answers to questions.
  • Identify and name a variety of everyday materials, including wood, plastic, glass, metal, water, and rock.
  • Distinguish between an object and the material from which it is made.

Teaching and Activities

Children will:

  • Make the school environment greener.
  • Learn about the term ‘eco-footprint.’
  • Take part in creative actvities.

Provided Resources

This session does not need any provided resources.

You Will Need

  • Playdough
  • Materials for making homes for animals around the schools, e.g. piles of stones, bark chippings
  • Gardening tools
  • Vegetable seeds
  • Ingredients for making bird feeders e.g. bird seed, lard, yogurt pots and string

Session 4 Eco-Schools Award

Objectives

Art and Design

  • Use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination.

English

  • Use spoken language to develop understanding through speculating, hypothesising, imagining and exploring ideas.
  • Participate in discussions, presentations, performances, role play, improvisations and debate.
  • Listen to and discuss a wide range of poems, stories and non-fiction at a level beyond that at which they can read independently.

Science

  • Use their observations and ideas to suggest answers to questions.
  • Gather and record data to help in answering questions.

PE

  • Perform dances using simple movement patterns.

Teaching and Activities

Children will:

  • Find out how to gain a bronze eco-award and start working towards it.
  • Research and share ideas about an eco-topic.
  • Make up a fitness routine.

You Will Need

  • Catalogues

Session 5 Conclusion

Objectives

English

  • Write sentences by: saying out loud what they are going to write about; composing a sentence orally before writing it; read aloud their writing clearly enough to be heard by their peers and the teacher.
  • Participate in discussions, presentations, performances, role-play, improvisations and debate.

Provided Resources

This session does not need any provided resources.

You Will Need

  • Work completed from sessions 1 to 4 displayed around classroom

Weblinks

There are no weblinks needed for this session.