Climate change

What schools and pupils can do

Climate change is the biggest issue facing younger generations and it is important our children and teenagers are equipped with the knowledge and resources they need to understand the seriousness and urgency of climate change and feel empowered to make a difference.

Resources for primary schools (7 to 11 year olds)

  • You can find engaging climate change classroom resources, presentations and information sheets for primary schools via WWF
  • NASAs Climate Kids website brings climate science to life with fun games, interactive features and exciting articles
  • Oxfam have developed climate challenge resources and activities for 7-11 year olds
  • Young People’s Trust have created a suite of lessons around the environment suitable for Key Stage 2 (KS2)
  • You can help young people understand the wide-reaching impacts of weather and climate change through the Met Office’s resources for schools
  • The Climate Change Educational Partnership (CCEP) have developed a range of activities to support you and your school to deliver exciting and inspiring climate change-related activities
  • Greenpeace are helping young people explore the challenges our planet faces and inspire them to become part of the solution through free educational resources

Resources for secondary schools and higher education (11 to 18 year olds)

  • You can find engaging classroom resources, presentations and information sheets for secondary schools via WWF
  • Young People’s Trust have created a suite of lessons around the environment suitable for Key Stage 3 (KS3)
  • Explore a range of activities to support you and your school to deliver exciting and inspiring climate change-related activities via The Climate Change Educational Partnership (CCEP)
  • You can access climate challenge resources and activities for 11-14 year olds through Oxfam
  • The Met Office have developed bite-size, hands on activities to use in your classroom to teach your students about the impacts of weather and climate change
  • Browse free educational resources from Greenpeace who are helping young people explore the challenges our planet faces

Get recognised for the work your school is doing

The Eco-Schools programme empowers young people to introduce and lead environmental actions and education in their schools through a seven-step framework. Once a school has completed the seven-step framework, they can apply for Eco-Schools Green Flag accreditation to recognise their environmental achievements.

Become a Fairtrade school and join other schools across the world who are teaching young people about global issues, for example where our food comes from and how we are connected to people around the planet.

Celebrate Climate Leaders in your school

Together For Our Planet has developed a schools pack to inspire and celebrate Climate Leaders in your school and beyond. There are loads of fun and inspiring ways you can help your pupils find their inner Climate Leader.

  • Host a green school assembly that informs both students and teachers about climate change issues
  • Introduce a walk to school week, complete with a ‘walking bus’
  • Put on a green themed school play that explores all the ways the community can protect our environment
  • Use your social media channels to let your wider community know what your school is doing to become more environmentally friendly

Find out more on the Together For our Planet website: Schools pack resources - Together For Our Planet

More information, tools are resources

  • Introduce your students to the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) with Fairtrade’s free school action pack
  • 20 climate change challenges and activities for your classroom, at home and online via the  British Council
  • Explore classroom activities and multimedia resources from UNESCO that cater for all age groups
  • Get everything you need to explore Fairtrade in your school – from films and assemblies to games and lesson plans
  • Explore the relationship between the natural environment and humans via the Science Museum

Get inspired and inspire others

Has your school got any climate change success stories you want to share with your community to help inspire and motivate others? We’d love to hear from you. Get in touch at: communications@swindon.gov.uk

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