Earth and Atmospheric Science: Communication
The aim of this session is for learners to have the opportunity to reflect on their understanding of climate change and the underpinning Earth and Atmospheric Science, considering how decisions can be made based on evidence and arguments. It is important to promote critical thinking and discussion, drawing on different perspectives.
This is recommended as session five of the Key Stage Four Earth and Atmospheric Science Unit, exploring the importance of communication.
- Environmental Stewardship
Earth and Atmospheric Science:
- potential effects and mitigation of increased levels of carbon dioxide and methane on the Earth’s climate.
Changing weather and climate:
- The causes, consequences of and responses to extreme weather conditions
- Experience and evaluate different ways that citizens can act together to solve problems and contribute to society.
Step by step
Quick Starter Activity
Start by watching this short 2-minute video 'What is net zero?' from the Royal Society:
Ask learners to think about and discuss the following question: What will your town or city look like in 100 years' time? What might the natural environment look like? What might the weather look like?
Main Activity Suggestions
Suggestion 1 (Indoor)
Natural History Museum: What can you do to help the planet: an illustrated guide. The resource contains general background information on topics related to climate change and biodiversity loss. These are raw resources that have been designed to be edited and added to and used in a variety of ways, in order to best fit the needs of individual key stages, classes and students.
Suggestion 2 (Indoor)
The Poetry Society: We’ve got the poetry power! Learners will discuss the impact of climate change on the planet and society, as well as positive change that can be made as a response to the issue through reading and writing a poem advocating for an issue they believe in.
*These poetry resources can support English curriculum learning outcomes. If you are focusing on other subjects, this resource can be used for discussion and reflection, rather than focusing on assessment of writing.
Suggestion 3 (Outdoor)
Natural History Museum: Measuring carbon in a tree. Students measure trees near their school and calculate the amount of carbon stored in individual trees. This can be used as a basis for discussion and critical assessment of the benefits and challenges of afforestation.
The research and communication in this session can support students to build skills to contribute to the National Education Nature Park process, exploring and communicating which nature-based improvements might support both biodiversity and the climate at their school, taking different needs into account.
This session would also be a good opportunity to use DeBono Thinking Hats, separating the class into six groups, when thinking about climate action:
- White Hat: What are the facts and evidence?
- Yellow Hat: What are the benefits?
- Black Hat: What are the risks, challenges or drawbacks?
- Red Hat: What are your thoughts and feelings about the challenge?
- Green Hat: What creative solutions can we come up with?
- Blue Hat: How can you use your knowledge, ideas and feelings to make a decision?