How to enrich your lessons on the human impact on environment

20 Mar 2020

On Wednesday 4th March, a group of local teachers, with a smattering of science communicators, gathered at the Arnolfini in Bristol’s city centre, for the second part of our talk series Curiosity Connections Primary Science Knowledge Boosters – “The what, why and how of…Human Impact on the Environment”.

(Read on to get hold of the slides and links to great resources)

IMG-20200306-WA0008First up was air pollution expert Enda Hayes from UWE Bristol. He spoke about the bigger picture of air pollution – how and why it’s a problem, and then got into the nitty gritty of air pollution in our city. Enda’s had lots of great local information to share, a lot of which was gathered by kids engaging in the Clair City project.

Enda finished up by pointing the audience towards the educator packs available on the Clair City website.

If you missed the event then please find Enda’s slides here. Teachers said his talk was:

“Valuable subject knowledge to support curriculum development”

“Excellent –new information. Detailed – not patronising.

“Having access to subject knowledge beyond the National Curriculum is vital when considering how to make education relevant to children. Thank you.

IMG-20200306-WA0002Next up was local teacher and resource specialist for Kids Against Plastic, Liz Southwell.

Liz got straight into the matter of engaging kids with the environment, pointing out the power of questions and some fantastic resources available for teachers.

We all had a go at some highlighted activites, before Liz moved on to introduce Kids Against Plastic and how we can enable children to think plastic clever.

“Great to be shown things I can use straight away in the classroom. Thankyou

“Fantastic talk – thank you for the ideas

For all of the many relevant links (which teacher’s loved) – see Liz’s presentation.


Cancelling other Booster events

Unfortuntely, given the non-essential contact advice from the government, we’ve had to postpone the two other Curiosity Boosters scheduled this month. But we will find a time to reschedule and you can keep informed by signing up to the Curiosity Connections newsletter or following us on Twitter.


A sustainability challenge for kids at home and in school!

The Great Science Share challenges children every year to pose a question and then scientifically investigate it – last year there was a huge variety of questions posed, from: how can we reduce the plastic we use in our school? to, how can we fit an egg into a bottle without breaking it?

What an easy way to get your class thinking scientifically from home?

And this year the Great Science Share has a sustainability theme – so you could use some of the resources that Liz highlighted in her talk (slides above) to kick your class off.

The idea is to give children a chance to communicate their investigations to other students – we did this with great succcess last year at UWE Bristol. We’re hoping this year’s event will go ahead on Tuesday 16th June. But whether or not gatherings are allowed, if you plan on challenging your kids, sign up to the event and I’ll be in contact to find out what your class is up to. And if the event is cancelled, you can set them the task of communicating their findings on the blog.

Read more about the Great Science Share here