Enhances the curriculum

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Eco-Schools can enhance the curriculum

Eco-Schools provides great ways of introducing environmental topics into the National Curriculum and, in doing so, it helps to develop a creative learning environment for all pupils involved.

Eco-Schools helps to deal with real in-school issues and delivers cross-curricular themes. The programme ties into virtually all school topics, encouraging everything from scientific review through to cultural understandings and even data analysis.

Eco-Schools provides a framework of learning for pupils, helping them to understand how different issues are linked together, i.e. the connections between transport and pollution and climate change or management of the school grounds and increased biodiversity.

The Eco-Schools programme is much about showing students the bigger picture and evidence suggests that this can significantly improve motivation. By letting pupils know why the work they are completing is important, and showing them where it fits in on a local and global scale, you’re enabling them to see its value.

It is widely recognised that there are many different learning, working and thinking style and the activities Eco-Schools suggests focus on a combination of ‘intelligences’ (visual – physical – naturalistic) which are often overlooked in the classroom. Practical, real-life activities have the potential to develop thinking skills, providing vital opportunities for children to make connections between subjects. Experiential learning in the outside classroom in real situations also has the capacity to raise levels of learning across a range of subjects.

Visit our Eco-Schools Free Resources section to discover our range of primary and secondary lesson ideas designed to encourage your students to solve real-life problems and present their solutions in a variety of ways.

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