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LCAW London Climate Curriculum

The full schools’ materials can be viewed and downloaded here.

Guidance on climate change communication with children

Climate change & the bio-diversity crisis are an unprecedented threat on a scale that has never been seen before in human history, and it is affecting everyone. We have no prior experience of dealing with something on this scale on which to base our solutions and actions, or to give us guidelines on how to cope with the emotional turmoil that accompanies threats of this size. Climate psychologists are researching and building a knowledge base to help people navigate these threats, to contain and reduce stress and trauma, to empower people to take action, and to support people with their fears, grief and anger.

Doorways podcast

The show is hosted by Martin Crabbe, chair of the London Sustainable Schools Forum and a Geography teacher at Glebe School, London Borough of Bromley.

The Doorways to Sustainable Schools podcast is aimed to support London schools to engage in London Climate Action Week and the LCAW Schools Climate Summit on June 29th 2021.

Partner resources

We’re delighted to be working with a range of excellent partners from across local government, business, academia, civil society, public sector organisations and many others. We encourage those participating in London Climate Action Week and the Schools Climate Summit to avail of the following free partner resources.

This listing is updated regularly, so please do check for new additions. If you would like to suggest additional resources, please contact us at: or via twitter @climate_london

Greater London Authority

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has declared a climate emergency. As part of London’s response to this, the Mayor supported the first ever London Climate Action Week (LCAW) from 1-8 July 2019. The week brought together London’s climate expertise and talent from across diverse sectors and is now the largest event of its type in Europe. Please read more on this here.

In the education and youth section of the GLA website, you can find out information on what the Mayor is doing to help London’s children and young people make the most of our city; support for families and early years, discover and learn from London schools who have done exceptionally well raising student achievements; about teaching programmes and careers etc.

In the Environment section of the GLA website, you can find information and resources on the following areas: Green spaces and COVID 19, Pollution and Air Quality, Waste and Recycling, Climate Change, Environment Strategy, Parks and Green Spaces and Energy as well as the Environment Newsletter.

GLA’s Report on How Schools and Early Years Settings Can Adapt to Climate Change is available as a valuable reference material for schools here

You can find the list of all GLA’s environment publications here:

The Mayor’s Air Quality Fund is a £22 million fund for over 10 years which aims to support projects by London boroughs to improve air quality.

Global Action

The link is to free school resources including downloadable Social Media resources, Social Media Graphics, KS1 Graphics for Clean Air Day.

Clean Air Sooner

Through the “Clean Air in the Making” campaign, six free-of-charge cleaner air programmes have been designed to quickly improve the air quality in and around schools and help pupils breathe cleaner air now. These projects involve pupils, teachers and parents delivering pupil-led projects and adopting small changes that will make a big difference and help them to breathe ‘Cleaner Air Sooner’.

The TOOLKIT section covers the following topics – Awareness, Active travel, Anti-idling, Re-imagining streets, Mapping and Green Infrastructure.

ThoughtBox Education

ThoughtBox Education is a global community of educators rethinking learning for a changing world.

A whole school climate curriculum (free resources) can be found here:

A CPD training course for educators and parents can be found here:

You can explore some of the interconnections with social justice, climate justice and covid (free resources) here

Transform Our World

A quality rated resource hub to help teachers bring environmental action into the classroom. It has a link to top curriculum-linked resources on themes including Sustainable Development Goals, Outdoor Learning, Local Community and STEM. It also has a link to Showcased Programmes, with Transform Our World’s current showcased programmes, handpicked with the help of the teacher Design Committee.

Youth Climate Summit section of the Transform Our World website offers over 160+ sessions for primary and secondary students.

GAP Summit 2021

GapSummit is an annual student-run, world-class biotechnology leadership summit with the core objectives of substantively discussing pressing challenges facing the bio-economy and catalyzing innovation to solve these challenges. As the only intergenerational conference of its kind, GapSummit competitively selects 100 Leaders of Tomorrow from around the world to attend, and recruits current leaders across the global biotech community to inspire the next generation. GapSummit is the flagship event of Global Biotech Revolution (GBR), a youth-led nonprofit which connects and develops future leaders to accelerate the growth and advancement of the global biotech.

AimHi Online School

AimHi is the nature-first, curiosity-powered online school on a mission to make world-class live learning accessible to everyone. In the learning section, past lessons, and live streams are accessible with the info on teachers and the entry to the Future Dictionary Challenge (£100 prize).

In the climate course section – Climate and Nature – there is everything you need to know about climate, nature and how to make a difference. The course is suitable for everyone, with special section for teachers and for businesses.
In the Tutoring section, world-class tutoring from anywhere in the world, for as little as the price of a cup of coffee is on offer.

Learning through Landscapes

A leading UK-based charity dedicated to enhancing outdoor learning and play
for children. They provide information for educators, parents, designers, funders. They aim to enable children to connect with nature, be more active, be more engaged with their learning.

Free outdoor learning ideas and outdoor lesson plans are ideal for curricular led outdoor learning or forest school type activities. They are sorted by keystage, curricular area and age suitability.

For further guidance and publications related to play and outdoor learning – please click here.
Click here for some selected Forest School ideas.

Outdoor People

In the School section of their website, information on London National Park City Schools, The kit to take learning outdoors, Outdoor Classroom Day, Outdoor learning and play at schools around the world is available.

World’s Largest Lesson

Climate Changemakers: An interactive site for children to take climate action in four simple steps by writing a message on the one thing they know most about – their own education!

Climate and the environment:
• Video and lesson plans: A Call to Climate Learning:
• Don’t Waste It! Make a recycled shopping bag
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Spotlight from Space: Taking the Earth’s Temperature
• Lesson Plan: spotlight-from-space-taking-the-earths-temperature/
• Presentation:
Designing for Climate Action: Circular Economy Project
• Project Plan:
• Presentation:
Intro to the Global Goals:
• Video
• 30 min lesson plan:
• What World Do You Want in 2030? Lesson plan
• A 30 minute Youtube show made with the UN for ages 13+

Reboot the Future

Working with young people and leaders to build a compassionate and sustainable future. In their How Will You Reboot the Future? campaign they are calling on all educators of 14-18 year olds to ignite their students’ sense of optimism, tap into their imagination and creativity, and inspire them with positive and personal ways of engaging in climate action.

How Will You Reboot the Future campaign features a series of short films – following the lives of five young people who, over the next five years, each play a role in rebooting the future. These films were inspired by e-book Rise Up to Reboot the Future, written by environmental activist Jonathon Porritt, which is included as a resource, alongside a set of teaching guides to help you to support discussion in your classrooms.
Resource Search › Global Dimension

Connect Global Learning
Connect Global Learning supports schools in collaborating globally to broaden pupil’s horizons, develop their active global citizenship skills, deliver an inclusive, anti-racist, rich and relevant curriculum and embed teaching and learning practices that respond to the needs of our diverse communities. Membership is open to Nursery, Primary, Secondary, Special schools and Colleges.

Zero Waste Mindset

Zero Waste Mindset’s mission is to transform how people think about sustainability and their relationship with this beautiful planet we live on. They help their clients put sustainability at the top of their agenda through campaigns of workshops and events designed to elevate employee engagement around sustainability and change employee behaviour around consumption, use and waste.

Link below is to the Schools & Colleges Resources page of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, which is all about circular economy in schools.

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