Step 4 Curriculum Links

Pupil-led projects designed to improve the school’s environmental performance are a great example of action-learning, but learning about the environment can happen in a variety of ways at school. Teachers will be able to highlight, within the existing curriculum, opportunities to promote environmental awareness and understanding. For example, within English persuasive letter writing could be used to address MPs on local environmental issues. Everyone within the school will benefit from the Eco-Schools programme; real-life projects can help bring every subject to life.

Curriculum Links Criteria

In order to achieve the international Green Flag award a school must meet the following criteria.

  • Environmental issues have been covered in at least three areas of the curriculum; this is clearly evident in schemes of work and lesson plans.
  • The three curriculum examples do not have to be from the same Eco-Schools topics as those chosen for your Action Plan.

Curriculum Links Resources

Please login to your Eco-Schools portal to access the entire primary curriculum mapped to the Eco-Schools programme!

The Environmental Review and Monitoring and Evaluation steps are great ways to develop numeracy and scientific inquiry skills, communication skills are also developed through activities such as interviews and questionnaires.

The Eco-Schools programme gives you the chance to take learning out of the classroom. For example, a project within the biodiversity topic could include establishing a wildlife area within your school grounds. Science lessons could then move outdoors to carry out bug surveys or wildlife counts.

Primary Specific

Why not also take part in one of the BBC Terrific Scientific investigations to bring your Eco-Schools work to life in the classroom

Curriculum Links Examples

If you have any unusual examples of how you have taught our Ten Topics in your curriculum, let us know!

Padiham Primary School

For the past eight years, the first week back after Christmas is always Eco-Week at Padiham Primary School. Each year we have a different theme for example: ‘What does our school do to care for the world?’, ‘Recycling,’ and this year ‘Global issues.’ Each class teacher takes this theme and plans activities that are appropriate for their class, aiming to cover as many curriculum areas as possible. This year was very successful and happened to coincide with the amazing Blue Planet series on the BBC. ‘Global Issues,’ led most classes to carry out research into plastic pollution and the terrible effect it is having on our planet. The children were particularly upset by images of sea creatures tangled in rubbish, and their work during the week definitely raised awareness of our impact on the wider world and the responsibility they have as individuals to reduce this.

We often run a competition during the week, for example the most useful item made from recycled materials. The children have created items such as bird boxes, bags and pencil holders from junk.

Over the years, we have had lots of fun during Eco-Week including trashion shows, no power day (no ICT or lights all day!) and collecting unwanted clothes or textiles. Our (Re)Love a Book sales are always very popular.

At the end of the week, we have a celebration assembly where each class shares what they have learnt during the week. A selection of their work is displayed on our Eco-Board in the corridor. We would definitely recommend Eco-Week as a way to get the whole school involved in Eco-Schools.

Curriculum Links FAQs

Everything you need to know about highlighting Eco-Schools in the curriculum

Do the curriculum links have to specifically relate to the Eco-Schools programme?

No, if you want to create lessons plans based on the Eco-Schools programme that is brilliant and the programme lends itself well to this, however, any work linking to our ten topics is fine.

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

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

How many pieces of evidence do we need?

For your Green Flag application you briefly need to state where in the curriculum these links are from. During your Green Flag Assessment visit our assessor will need to see evidence of this; from lesson plans, schemes of work, speaking with your pupils or even on displays around classrooms.

How can we find this evidence?

If you follow the National Curriculum then it should be easy to find examples from the whole school where Eco-Schools and the National Curriculum overlap. An easy example of this is that it is mandatory to teach a foreign language in Key Stage 2 – this links perfectly with our Global Citizenship topic. You can also use our linking to the curriculum spreadsheet to help you find examples.

Can all of our evidence be from the same class?

No, we would like to see evidence from different age groups. Again, if you use our Linking to the Curriculum document you will be able to find numerous topics that each year group has completed that you can use for evidence in the curriculum links step of your application.

We have found our evidence, what next?

We would like you to display this evidence on your Eco-Board: you can do this by choosing one or two good examples of pupils’ work and photocopying them for display.

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