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Great Ideas and Green Resources

GET READY FOR WASTE WEEK 2018

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Get ready for this years Waste Week, when we all take a look at what we can do to prevent waste in our lives.  Our consumer society creats vast amounts of waste and The Pod want us all to take a look at where we can help.  This year's Waste Week is the 5th to 9th March 2018, so click on the link with The Pod's website and find lots of resources to help you.  Go to https://www.jointhepod.org/campaigns/waste-week

 

SWITCH OFF FORTNIGHT

switch-off-fortnight-2016-465x503_2_1471271327.jpgEDF the energy's The Pod run Switch Off Fortnight annually as their national energy saving campaign.  This year it's the 14th to 27th November but you can run your own Fortnight anytime.  Their website has a lot of information and ideas about what you can do to promote Switch Off Fortnight including curriculum linked ideas.  The website has a wealth of information for lesson plans on energy as well as their campaigns run throughout the year.  Schools and individuals can become members.  To find out more go to http://jointhepod.org/campaigns/campaign/57


 

 

 SIZE OF WALES - GREEN DAY

go green day.jpgEach year the Size of Wales organise Go Green Day.  This year it is Friday 14th October.  Size of Wales are looking for schools to join them fundraising to save an area of rainforest, the size of Wales!  So get your green thinking caps on and think of ideas such as everyone dressing in green or play Size of Wales rainforest games.  You can ask for a free workshop when you register your school.   Go to  http://gogreen.sizeofwales.org.uk/

 

ANCIENT WOODLANDS NEAR YOU!

images[7].jpgDo you know where the nearest ancient woodland is in your area of Swansea?  Click on the Gower Ancient Woodland Schools Activity Pack and get exploring.  The pack is designed to give you all the information you will need to carry out a day, or two half days of activity in a local woodland – preferably one you can walk to. There's background information as well as activity guides and resource sheets to take out with you. If you’d like to know the nearest accessible Ancient Woodland site to your school please contact the Nature Conservation Team on 01792 635749 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it   They’d also love to hear of your findings and experiences if you have made a visit to the woods and completed the activities in the pack.

 


POPCYCLE!

popcycle-lolly-logo-web-300x300.jpgPop Cycle started serving up fresh fruit ice lollies in 2014, when former teacher and marketing officer Elizabeth Hudson felt there was a lack of dairy free and real fruit options.  These lollies are packed with fruit and are made with alternative fruit syrups to sweeten or no added sugar. The company uses Fairtrade ingredients in some flavours and all packaging is biodegradable.  Lollies are available in small or large sizes which goes down well with parents.  Popular flavours include the Traffic Light, designed by kids with no added sugar; Fairtrade Banana & Strawberry Stripe; and Strawberry Smacker.  Seasonal flavours are a speciality.

 

  • Ask Pop Cycle to your event – lollies are sold from the tricycle, pupils pay for their lollies individually and a contribution per lolly goes to your school.  Lollies can be pre-ordered and pre-paid if required.

• Hire Pop Cycle – lollies served from the tricycle for a set number. Great for a treat.  Hire starts at £75 and depends on numbers.

• Book a 'Lolly Workshop' for your class. Get your pupils squeezing fruit and making their own lollies using some Fairtrade ingredients. From £125 including fruit and equipment.

“The children and parents loved having real fruit lollies at our school fête so we've booked Pop Cycle for our leavers party this year.”  Alice Sullivan, parent and PTA member, Brynmill School, Swansea.  To enquire or reserve your date phone  07906 9588875  email  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it   visit  www.popcycle.uk

 

 

GOWER SOCIETY GRANTS FOR SCHOOLS

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Gower Society Youth Action (GSYA) gave out its 100th grant in Spring 2015 to Birchgrove Comprehensive School for planters and pollinator attractive plants for their school yard. They sent us a really good application which included a video prepared by the pupils, as well as the research into which plants to buy and how much everything would cost.  Since then we have given out 8 more grants including one of £750 to the new Burlais Primary School to develop allotments, a willow arch and a wildlife area and hedge instead of bare playgrounds and plain grassy areas. Gower Society Youth Action is currently seeking applications for grants of up to £750 to fund projects that involve young people enhancing and appreciating their natural environment. e.g. school grounds/gardens, wildlife areas, field visits to Gower etc. The young people themselves should, with help where necessary, plan the project, apply for the grant and carry out the project.  This funding is open to all schools in Swansea.  We have a new budget for 2016 and are ready to receive applications from pupils and teachers for improving the natural environment in their schools.  Please contact  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it  for more information and application forms.

 
 
 

CREATING A FAIR WALES

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How do you think we can we create a fairer future for everyone?  Oxfam are inviting 11-18 year olds from across Wales to make the most of this opportunity, and take a photo and write a caption of no more than 100 words to share their opinion about what they want for Wales. The theme is Creating a fair Wales with three categories: 

  • Fair and decent work for people in Wales
  • A fair climate deal for Wales and the world
  • A welcoming Wales for people seeking sanctuary

This is an opportunity for learners to develop literacy skills, make their voice heard and raise awareness of issues affecting people in Wales and across the world.  An ideal opportunity to explore careers and the world of work, find out more about climate change or learn about refugees and asylum seekers.  Find out how to get involved with creating a fair Wales now.  You can send your entries to  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it  between the 25 April and 9 May. 

  



CLIMATE LESSONS 

polar bear_.jpgClimate change affects so many things we all take for granted – from the food we eat, to the beautiful Welsh coastlines and even the birds in the sky.  This term why not help your learners find out about the impact of climate change with Oxfams's engaging climate challenge resources for Key Stage 2 and 3. This year young people across Wales and the UK have been making films to raise awareness of climate change. Why not inspire your learners by watching a film or two during your lesson?  Oxfam's Climate Challenge lesson plans and activities enable learners to think critically about the issue, and creatively about how they might respond.   To find out more go to http://www.oxfam.org.uk/education/resources/climate-challenge-7-11 or http://www.oxfam.org.uk/education/resources/climate-challenge-11-14

 

 

 

WORLD'S LARGEST LESSON

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The World’s Largest Lesson has been launched in schools around the world. Materials have been translated into 10 of the worlds’ most popular languages: English, Arabic, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Russian, Hindi, Bengali, Indonesian and Simplified Chinese. And thanks to The Welsh Government, The Wales we Want and Cynnal Cymru there are also a number Welsh-language resources for teachers to use in all schools in Wales.  The Worlds Largest Lesson is based on the Sustainable Development goals signed by the worlds leaders back in September.  These goals aim to fix climate change, end extreme poverty and to fight inequality and injustice.  To find out more about resources available go to the Wales We Want website http://www.thewaleswewant.co.uk/resources/worlds-largest-lesson

  

GARDEN ORGANIC RESOURCES

vegetables_.jpgIf you haven't already looked at the Garden Organic website for how to grow in your school, then look now as it is an amazing resource.  Garden Organic is a charity that promotes organic gardening principles and promotes the Food for Life Partnership mark.  On the website you can access a vast amount of material under various headings including how to grow in containers and raised beds as well as colour cards and charts.  Everything you need to know is available to look at and download.  Go to  http://www.gardenorganic.org.uk/fflp-manual-content-index

 

   

FUTURE GENERATIONS!

The Welsh Assembly Government has sustainability at the heart of everything it does, which is written into its constitution.  It has passed The Future Generations Act which calls on large named public sector organisations to act sustainably for future generations that follow.  What does this mean for all of us?  Wales faces a number of challenges now and in the future, such as climate change, poverty, health inequalities and jobs and growth. To tackle these we need to work together. To give our children and grandchildren a good quality of life we need to think about how the decisions we make now will impact them. This law will make sure that our public sector does this.  To find out more go to http://thewaleswewant.co.uk/about/well-being-future-generations-wales-act-2015

   


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The Pod – EDF Energy’s environmental education programme

 

http://www.jointhepod.org/ is an interactive website for teachers and community group leaders, providing free lesson plans, practical activities, assemblies, films, games and information, all with cross curricular links. The programme is aimed at 4 – 14 year olds and the content covers energy, waste, water, transport, biodiversity and climate science. The Pod also runs national campaigns such as Switch-Off Fortnight and Waste Week, which have been designed to help the whole school, parents and the local community to engage with environmental messages. Go to http://www.jointhepod.org/g

  

SUSTRANS - TEACHING RESOURCE

SUSTRANS the walking, cycling and public transport charity has published a new resource for schools.  It's a resource written by teachers with lessons and activities linked to transport issues which allows pupils to access the new Literacy Numeracy framework.  Go to http://www.sustrans.org.uk/wales/what-we-do/education-and-young-people/literacy-and-numeracy-resource

 

GREEN TREASURE BOXES 

The Green Treasure Boxes are invaluable in helping plan and teach Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship (ESDGC).  They are FREE to Swansea schools and contain high quality information, reference and reading books as well as CD/DVD ROMS and artefacts.  The Climate Change Box has weather monitoring equipment.  Boxes can be borrowed on a half termly basis.

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Primary:

Foundation Phase Box (2 part set),

(KS2) - Energy and Water, Waste and Recycling, Food and Farming, Global Citizenship, Climate Change, Biodiversity.

 

Secondary - ESDGC Box (2 part set) - useful for ideas for Eco Clubs and backgroundreading for teachers and pupils.

                                          

 

Reserve your Green Treasure Box now by contacting the ELRC Port Talbot on 01639 889900 - your school does NOT have to be a member to borrow the Green Treasure Boxes.

  

 

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SEPTEMBER 2016

See below information for current and ongoing opportunities for schools: 

 

 

 

 

SEPTEMBER 2016

CCS Baling Plant Tours

Forest School SNPT Autumn 2016

 
 
 
 
 

 

STILL CURRENT 

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D2E Murton site guide

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Become a Fair Trade School

Coeden Fach Community Tree Nursery

Willow Weaving 

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FSC Discovery Centre, Margam Park 

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KS2 Programme Options

A Level Biology Options

A Level Geography Option

 

Papermaking Workshop

ADA Recycling Workshops                    

RSPB Living Classrooms Dolygaer   

Making Sense of Sustainabilty

Sustainabilty Trail Tour Working with Waste

Sustainabilty Trail Tour Gower Inspiration  

Sustainabilty Trail Tour Natural North

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