The following websites provide useful resources for teachers working to integrate environmental issues into the curriculum or run an eco club. They are sorted according to the Eco-Schools topic areas, although many will include resources that cover more than one area.
Eco Schools – An award scheme for schools throughout the country that gets everyone in the school community involved in making the school environment better.
The Pod – EDF energy’s site for schools, covering all Eco-Schools topics and including lots of resources for teachers and pupils, some of which are produced in collaboration with the Met Office, the Eden Project, and Eco-Schools.
Environmental Protection Agency – Download an 11 page colouring book full of tips for making the Earth a better place for free (Suitable for KS1 and KS2)
Ring Leader Quest – A fun environment related quest for kids to complete by answering educational questions (Suitable for KS2 and KS3)
Garden Organic – HDRA’s Organic Network for Schools (Suitable for KS1 and KS2)
Nature Detectives – Seasonal outdoor activities for use in curriculum work or with an eco club
WWF – Assembly ideas related to key sustainability issues. ‘Learning for sustainability’ resources to purchase with whole school resources free to download (Suitable for KS1 – 4)
Recycle More – NGfL linked website with lesson plans for teachers and games for children (Suitable for KS1,KS2, KS3 and KS4)
Recycle Now – Learn how your school can go to the top of the class on recycling. Practical ideas and news for teachers (Suitable for KS1,KS2 and KS3)
Recycling Glass – British Glass website for KS1 and KS2 teachers and children. Includes interactive games to play online (Suitable for KS1 and KS2)
Think Cans – Games and information for teachers, parents and children relating to aluminium can recycling (Suitable for all)
Alupro – Teachers’ notes, lesson plans, curriculum links and free tree growing kit available at this aluminium focused recycling website (Suitable for KS2, KS3 and KS4)
Ollie’s World – Follow the adventures of Ollie and his friends to encourage pupils to think about ways they can reduce, reuse and recycle (Suitable for KS2)
Recycool – Raise money for your school by recycling mobile phones and empty printer cartridges (Suitable for all ages)
Centre for Alternative Technology – Order Workshop activity booklets or book a visit to the Centre for Alternative Technology. Relevant to Science, Technology and Geography, with particular regard for energy (Suitable for KS1 to sixth form)
Tesco Greener Living – Recycling activities for children to do at home with an adult but can be applied to classroom activities (Suitable for KS1- 3)
Generation Green – Education site from British Gas with its own award system which can lead to prizes for the school. Resources cover a wide range of sustainbility issues,with particular emphasis on saving energy.
The Carbon Detectives – This site provides an online crabon footprint calculator for schools suitable for KS2 & KS3.
Create – A not for profit body working with communities and organisations to reduce the effects of climate change and build a sustainable future. In the teacher zone section, enter the resources section which provides a range of downloadable files, printed materials and website links on energy issues.
Think Energy – Online resources suitable for KS2 to sixth form.
Teach Climate Change – A tool allowing teachers to select the most appropriate resources for their needs by key stage (KS1 to KS4), subject and climate change category. At present the site contains 359 teaching resources.
Sustrans Links to Schools project is in its eighth year and local authorities across England are working with Sustrans to connect schools and their communities to the National Cycle Network.
Living streets – The Walk to School campaign’s aim is simple: to encourage all parents, children and young people to make walking to school part of their daily routine.
Water aid – Inspiring activities, games, fundraising ideas and information for teachers, youth leaders and young people, focusing on water and sanitation around the world. Younger pupils pariticularly enjoy playing the game ‘turdlywinks‘ or meeting the super hero ‘Super Toilet’!
The Water School – Games and teaching resources to help schools save water, save money and help the plant. The site includes a interactive ‘water audit’ which would support Eco-Schools work.
Captain splosh – Website from Anglian Water for teachers and KS2 pupils. Includes videos and animations about the water cycle, water purification, and sewage treatment, as well as a pack of curriculum-linked classroom activities.
School to home linked projects
These websites are not aimed specifically at schools but could be useful to direct students to in order to extend a project to work at home.
Energy saving in Brighton & Hove homes – 3 versions of a home energy saving guide, tailored for tenants, home owners and landlords on the ‘Brighton peace and environment Centre’ (BPEC) website. They also have a home self Energy assessment survey to help residents target the energy saving changes they can make at home.
BPEC also produce the Green pages a brilliant guide to greener living in Brighton, Hove and all the other bits around the edges.