The World’s Largest Lesson: 4 trips to take your learning further

Date Posted: 04/09/2015

If you are planning on getting involved in The World’s Largest Lesson this month, then here are four school trip destinations to enhance your classes’ learning.

So what is the World’s Largest Lesson? On 25th September the United Nations will announce its Global Goals for Sustainable Development, a set of targets for the world that aim to make our planet fair, healthy and sustainable by 2030.

The ambition of the World’s Largest Lesson is that children in schools across the world find out all about these goals during the week commencing 28th September, and begin to contribute in whatever way they can.

The idea of the lesson was developed in partnership with UNICEF and with the support of TES Global and Education International. Even acclaimed film director Richard Curtis is involved.

Online resources for teachers to download will be available; but what do you do if you want to take your studies outside the classroom?

Teaching children about the goals will cross a wide range of subject areas such as Science, Geography, Citizenship and Technology and develop big ideas including human rights, poverty, and environmental issues.

We’ve found four school trip destinations that will support student learning in these areas.

Recycling

Operating in the Home Counties and London, the cleverly-named Green Up Your Act education outreach team teaches children about environmental issues through workshops, presentations and hands-on sessions. Its core subjects are recycling, endangered habitats and the importance of growing seasonal food.

We live in an increasingly throw away culture, exacerbated by cheap clothing which is fuelled by a fast fashion ethos. Green Up Your Act’s upcycling workshops show children how to make a beach bag out of one of their own discarded T-shirts; a notebook out of old maps; a wallet out of an old juice carton, and so on.

As well as taking part in onsite workshops, children can go out on field trips with the organisation, for example visiting the Earthship building, in Brighton, which has a range of renewal technologies and is built from reused and recycled materials.   

Sustainability

The futuristic domes of Cornwall’s Eden Project are an environmental powerhouse. Its two-hour Sustainable Attainable workshop invites children to investigate Eden’s green business credentials and then think about their own lives, school or career. 

The workshop uses the Eden Project as a working example of a business that has sustainable development at the heart of its practices. It’s suitable for years 7 to 11 year olds and focuses on Science, Geography and Citizenship.

Its Geography element teaches pupils how humans influence, and change landscapes, environments and the climate; and how human activity relies on effective functioning of natural systems.

In Science, pupils will learn about fuels and different energy resources. They should consider Earth as a source of limited resources and think about the efficacy of recycling.

In relation to Citizenship, pupils will be taught about the responsibilities of citizens and the different ways in which people can work together to improve their communities and contribute to society.

The Environment

Camp Kernow (also based in Cornwall) works with schools across the county, getting children out of the classroom and into the great outdoors.
Its Forest School programmes can be held in a range of settings - at its centre, on your school grounds or at a woodland location local to you.

Camp Kernow’s sessions are as open as their classrooms; children can take part in activities from building a bug hotel and planting willow tunnels and trees to making bird feeders and exploring nature trails – or whatever else you want.

Human Rights

There are several workshop options to tie in with Human Rights studies at Lincoln Castle, home of one of the original charters documenting human rights, the Magna Carta.

The Magna Carta to Children’s Charter drama workshop examines the relevance of the document today through relevant children's issues.

The workshop also relates to the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of the Child.

For more information visit www.tes.co.uk/worldslargestlesson

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