Skip to 0 minutes and 3 seconds Often I think that young children are a lot more aware than a lot of adults about climate change and about the things that are happening in the world around us. And I think teaching children from a young age allows them to take a real ownership of knowledge of climate change for their whole lives, and then they can go on and educate the people around them as well. We still have our whole life to make a change. We want impact action not words.
Skip to 0 minutes and 33 seconds The Institute of Education at Reading we are working on how we can help teachers schools but also teacher training to support them in improving understanding about climate, developing ideas to do with sustainability.
Skip to 0 minutes and 52 seconds Outdoor learning and linked to sustainability and climate change is a long way. It’s something that you need to start bit by bit. Sometimes you don’t need a reason, you can just take the learning outside. You can just have the lesson outside or in a different environment. You don’t need to have planned a specific lesson to use the outdoor environment. I like doing outside, looking at bugs. I like looking at nature because I get to explore. You able to touch the trees and in books you’re not able. You’re just looking at pictures.
Skip to 1 minute and 28 seconds Good early years practice and the research suggests that children should have a large part of their day that is child directed and they should be able to be outdoors as well as indoors. Why do we think that that would suddenly stop when a child reaches 5 years old and they move into key stage one? It makes no sense at all. They want to be outdoors.