Step 4 Curriculum Links

Including environmental issues in your learning

View the full Green Flag criteria, resources and examples below

Curriculum Links Criteria

In order to achieve the international Green Flag award a school or nursery must meet the following criteria, which has been created for Early Years settings

  • Environmental issues have been covered in at least three areas of your school or nursery’s curriculum. This is evident in children’s work/learning journeys or schemes of work and lesson plans.
  • Your evidence is from a broad range of ages.
  • Your evidence does not have to be from the same Eco-Schools topics as those chosen for your Action Plan.

Curriculum Links FAQs

Everything you need to know about including environmental issues in your curriculum

Our setting doesn’t follow a curriculum, how do we work on this step?

The Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage provides plenty of opportunities for environmental issues to be covered in activities and experiences. These issues may be covered through play, exploration, active learning or thinking critically. If you have organised any activities that help children learn about environmental issues then this is suitable evidence for your Green Flag application.

Our setting doesn’t prodice formal written work, how can we gather evidence?

For early years settings evidence can include: crafts, drawings, mark making, photos, videos or any other pieces of evidence you may have gathered for a child’s learning journey.

Does our curriculum evidence have to be from the same topics we have worked on in our Action Plan?

No, it can be from any of our ten topics.

How many pieces of curriculum evidence do we need?

You need to gather three pieces of evidence, during the Green Flag application process you will be asked to briefly describe each piece of evidence.

We have found our evidence what next?

You should display good examples of curriculum work on your Eco-Board you can do this by photocopying work or printing photos of children engaged in Eco-Schools learning. If one of your actions is to reduce paper usage these curriculum links can also be highlighted on your nursery website.

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