Working Together Against Climate Change
Despite lockdown, our children enjoyed the remote learning or school based learning all about Climate Change in the Spring of 2020, before consolidating the topic in Spring 2021, when school was back from 8th March. Children are keen to share their thoughts and passionate about such an important topic.
A Global Summit (March 2021) between Southroyd and Bachpan discuss their thoughts on climate change and what we can do to make a difference.
Click on the document below to see a list of the ideas to make a difference which we came up with between ourselves and Bachpan.
Here are some examples of work from our partners in Bachpan:
A frame from our Global Summit.
In Climate Change Week 2021 we surveyed 150 families from Southroyd and Bachpan and these were our results.
We used our newsletter, Facebook site, Twitter and Website to share as much as we could throughout our communities. A word cloud of our feedback is shown below.
Over the year we have been really impressed by the uptake and involvement in climate related activities.
We are ready and excited to bring back our class to class Eco Monitors when conditions allow again.
Our Climate Change project began in 2019, for the original 2019-2020 International School Award application. The project is embedded within the curriculum and events such as Climate Change Week and Earth Day are part of our regular school curriculum, with our partners in India always keen to share their input on their Climate Change thoughts.
Background to the Project in 2019-2020:
In assembly, children are made aware of the year's project on climate change and working with our friends in Bachpan to do what we can to reduce our effects on the World we live in.
The school involvement began with Southroyd being represented at the Leeds Eco Summit in September, held by MP Stuart Andrew.
Communication between Southroyd and Bachpan allowed the children to share their ideas and thoughts on reducing climate change.
Reply from Bachpan - October 2019
Hello Southroyd's Eco-club's Team,
It was a pleasure reading your email and trust me we too feel the same about the environment. It was great to know about the initiatives you've taken. Bach[pan too has launched the "Plantation App" and distributed free plants among the students. As and when we plant them, we post it in the app. It's fun and in the process lots of trees got planted which is a big necessity.
We also have a "Walk to School" on every 17 of December which is Sanjay Sir's birthday(the great environmentalist and our biggest motivator). In the process, we avoid using cars, autos, scooters and save fuel.
Recently we had an essay competition organized by the government with the title "Plastic waste free India". Many children participated in this event. So we got different individuals' views on how to say "NO TO PLASTIC".
I also totally agree on how lazy and careless we are about not switching off the electricity. We will surely borrow the ideas you emphasized of leaving notes in key places like Computer Labs and Audio Visual Room, Assembly Hall, etc so the environment awareness spreads.
Children from Bachpan share a lot of their ideas for saving energy in 2019-20, which they have used around school in Gujarat.
Reply from Bachpan - October 2019
Sent: 23 October 2019 06:30
To: David Manton <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Reply: Eco Club
Dear Southroyd Friends,
We have received your message . As you told about your school's eco club that students are participating in that to maintain environment and save things.
You told us that many people drop wastes, forget to turn the light and computer off and cut the trees.
In school we can educate to prevent such things. To save electricity we can use sensor for turning lights on or off and take advantage of natural sunlight. Bring our lunchbox to school packaged in reusable container instead of disposable one. We can put dustbin in every areas so that people throw waste in it.
On the school, we can purchase and use school appliances made from re-cycled product. Save packaging coloured paper, cartons and other item for art and craft. Make poster to reminds student's what can be recycled. Use paper on the both side. Reuse broken pencil or crayons. Plant more trees around your school to maintain environment.
Children in Y4 talk about Climate Change and how we have impacted the changes we are seeing in the World's weather.
Children in Y3 write diary entries as environmental campaigner, Chico Mendes to help protect the Amazon rainforest.
The year group also studied the importance of the World's rainforests in restoring the climatic balance on the planet.
The curriculum has been moulded to ensure that our learning is real and relevant and that the crucial topics of climate change are deeply embedded in the curriculum.
Earth Day April 22nd 2020
Despite Coronavirus lockdown, the children remembered Earth Day with the school home learning pages leading a lot of activities linked to Earth Day.
This is Dylan's Earth Day video shared with everyone from is home learning.
In an after school club the "Eco-Team" developed some posters to share around school.
Zachary in Y3 spent a lot of time at home with his family, to make a fantastic Greta Thunberg poster to show his class.
Listen to Connor, Rhys and Niko's Y5 Podcasts about Climate Change