Monthly Archives: February 2017

Climate Change Demonstration Lesson – England

St. Columba’s, England was visited by some of our Erasmus partners from Italy, Lithuania & Poland and they spent an afternoon in Y6 watching a science lesson.  We learned about how CO2 emissions are creating the so-called “greenhouse effect” leading to global warming and climate change.  Y6 scientists came up with ways to deal with raised sea-levels and the increased risk of flooding by investigating the effects of floods in the Endswall Valley.  They were given a budget of £100,000 per town to spend on flood defences – with varying degrees of success…

Our special visitors appeared to enjoy getting involved with the challenges presented to the pupils and one teacher commented that it wasn’t simply a science lesson, but a science-geography-maths-technology-English lesson.  And indeed it was, proving the Creative Curriculum is alive & well in Y6.

Teachers can find a copy of the lesson plan on this website, under the heading ‘Toolkit’.

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Climate Change Logo Competition England

Over the last few weeks St. Columba’s, England have been running a logo competition as part of our Erasmus plus project, ‘There is no Planet B: Stop climate change’. We were overwhelmed by the amount of entries we received from across the school and would like to thank everyone who took part. They were all fantastic!

Unfortunately there could only be one winning logo and after much deliberation one was selected. However, because of the high standard of entries, we decided to award a 2nd place prize too.

We would like to say a huge WELL DONE to everyone who entered big congratulations to Brandon (Yr4) who took 2nd place and Bruno (Yr 2) who entered the winning logo!

     

Project Meeting in England

Project Meeting in England

St. Columba’s, England hosted visitors from our partner schools as part of our Erasmus plus project, ‘There is no Planet B: Stop climate change’. Our visitors came from Lithuania, Poland and Italy.

We welcomed them to our school with an assembly and a tour. We were all very keen to say hello in their languages which we had learned in preparation for their visit.

Our visitors spent time in each of our classes, from Nursery up to Year 6, learning about our curriculum and school life. We held a big project meeting in which we planned lots of exciting activities based around climate change to be carried out in the next few months.

On Thursday afternoon our visitors spent the afternoon watching a fantastic Year 6 science lesson on climate change. They saw what brilliant scientists Year 6 are! During the lesson Year 6 completed a number of experiments, exploring carbon dioxide. Then they watched the effects climate change had on a number of Year 6 villages. After building their villages, Year 6 soon discovered that down pours had a serious effect! Rivers burst their banks and many homes were destroyed. Fortunately Year 6 were given a £100,000 budget to spend wisely on flood defenses. After some serious thinking they were able to protect their villages and help reduce climate change.

As it was a special day of celebrations in England for ‘Children in Need’, our visitors got into the spirit and wore Pudsey ears! Our visitors were very impressed with all of the hard work the children in our school do. We look forward to working on the project and with our partner schools over the next 2 years.