teach earth & discover earth 2019 l e t t h e e a r t h b e y o u r c l a s s r o o m quarterly n e w s l e t t e r
f e b r u a r y 2 0 1 9 what's ahead for 2019? welcome to our latest education newsletter celebrating a really exciting year ahead for our teach earth and discover earth programmes. this year we will be introducing two brand new citizen science projects so look out for lots more resources and activities coming your way. the first is naturehood, a community-based project seeking to monitor and help wildlife in your local area. the second is plastic rivers, a new project looking at our plastic footprint in freshwater ecosystems and the actions we can take to reduce our impact. you can find more information on each project, and how you can get involved on page 2. we are looking forward to another busy year of discover earth, coming out to schools across the uk to offer our free cpd training programme for teachers and educators. if you haven't arranged a visit from us yet, you can do so now for 2019! booking for teach earth is also now open for 2019, and we're going to scotland! as well as our location within the ancient wytham woods in oxfordshire we will be running a team in edinburgh, scotland this year. if you would like to attend you can sign-up online now. we would love to hear what muddy outdoor adventures you get up to this year. if you have stories, photos or feedback, get in touch and we'll share them in our next newsletter! features new projects outdoor learning in action resources & news teach earth 2019 discover earth 2019 stay in touch e d u c a t i o n n e w s l e t t e r 1
new projects introducing coming soon plastic rivers e d u c a t i o n n e w s l e t t e r 2 naturehood is an exciting new community-based programme from earthwatch that seeks to benefit people and wildlife by: •encouraging action to monitor and help local wildlife in gardens, school grounds and public spaces across the uk.•establishing thriving naturehoods, which strengthen community networks and put local wildlife at their heart.•increasing awareness of local wildlife and its needs among children, young people and adults across the uk.•building evidence-based advice on the effectiveness of wildlife conservation interventions for 5 species groups. through naturehood we will create a network of rich green spaces, where wildlife can flourish and people can meet, enjoy and reconnect with nature.the project will ask students to complete a naturespace survey to create a picture of what wildlife they currently have in their school grounds. following this the students can pick one (or more) of 5 species, they will decide on the best naturespace actions such as wildflowers or hedgehog tunnels, and they will monitor how effective they are at increasing populations of their chosen species in your school grounds.plastic rivers (name tbc) is a brand new citizen science project in development by earthwatch. there is lots of research and activities out there looking at marine and coastal plastics. however we feel it's time to look at the full journey - from source to sea! this project will be giving students the opportunity to look at plastic pollution in their local freshwater ecosystems and learn about the actions that can be taken to reduce our impact. the project is currently in its pilot phase and will be available to you from may onwards. look out for updates on our facebook group!naturehood will launch ready for science week 2019 (11th march) with all schools resources being made available throughout our pilot.
outdoor learning catch x click here to find the catch x platform online. based in the thames catchment area? sign up and get your free kit for our next thames water blitz. 26th-29th april 2019 https://ewgis.org/waterblitz-registration resources & news lesson plans books & resources in the news e d u c a t i o n n e w s l e t t e r 3 in actionare you taking part in freshwater watch in your school? have you heard of catch x?here are a few lesson plans and resources to assist you in taking the classroom outdoors to strengthen your students' connection to nature. click on the titles to access more information. why children should be taught outdoorswhat is the planetary health diet?schools challenged to go single-use plastic free by 2022ditch the dirt - making drinking water safeplastic free schools - surfers against sewageoutdoor classroom day where my wellies take me - michael morpurgodirty teaching - juliet robertsonmy first book of garden wildlife - rspbthe catchx web-platform has been designed by the school of civil engineering, university of leeds and earthwatch europe to allow universal access to cutting-edge scientific data in any river catchment globally. datasets from around the world have been selected and processed into 57,646 catchments. the platform allows users, without needing specialist skills, to view data in their catchment, explore trends and compare with other catchments.
tell a friend want to get your friends and colleagues involved? we are now taking bookings for the next season of discover earth hub days and roadshows. if you think a friend or colleague would be interested in attending, get them booked in for 2019! or with our new projects on offer, join a teach earth team again! teach earth dates for 2019 booking open now! oxfordshire scotland may 10th -12th june 14th -16th june 28th -30th (private) july 5th - 7th may - 31st - june 2nd more information about our teach earth programme and locations can be found on our website. dates are subject to change. discover earth dates for 2019 don't forget, the education team can come out to your school to run a whole day of outdoor activities with your students - it's free! alternatively, work with us to bring together a group of teachers from your local area to share skills, knowledge and new ideas for taking the classroom outdoors with a hub day. discover earth school visits are booked upon request, just get in touch with the education team to pick a date that best suits you. sign up now at: earthwatch.org.uk/get-involved/education-and-schools e d u c a t i o n n e w s l e t t e r 4
staying in touch conferences where have we been? in january the education team attended the ase conference in birmingham to present two workshops and host an exhibition stand. it was great to see some of you there and hear all about what you've been up to in your schools. some highlights for us were learning how to create youtube videos with your students by primrose kitten, hearing about the upcoming programme of resources from encounter edu, connecting students with field scientists around the world, and of course the eco pop-up! what's coming up? you will find us presenting workshops at the: geography association conference primary science education conference will you be there? let us know, it would be great to catch up and hear what you've been working on. your learning outside the classroom have you, your students, or your whole school been getting outside the classroom this year? how have you been doing it? we would love to hear if you're taking part in other great schemes out there like; eco-schools learning through landscapes roots n shoots british science association geography association green schools we would like to know how our earthwatch citizen science projects have complemented or supported your work from these other fantastic organisations. got something to share? send it through to: email@example.com e d u c a t i o n n e w s l e t t e r 5
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