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Recorded Sessions from our Symposium

The Primary Climate Science Symposium (PCSS) was an online event, which ran in parallel with the United National Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) hosted by the UK in Glasgow.

The PCSS was an online forum intended for children, educators, academics and science organisations to come together to discuss what makes effective climate science education in primary schools. How do we teach both the science and the solutions of climate change? How do we look after children’s emotions as we explore these complex topics? Below, you can find these answers and more throughout our recorded sessions designed for both classroom and CPD use.

Here is our PCSS programme with details of the live classroom sessions and teacher CPD events that were held. Learn more about the content of each session, intended age groups for classroom events, and find out more about our experienced presenters.

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Primary Climate Science Symposium Programme

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Threats to Nature: Climate Crisis

Amy Ball (WWF-UK)

Classroom Session for 7-12 year olds: 56 minutes

Live lessons and classroom resources provided by WWF-UK

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School of Fish: Upcycle a Sculpture Shoal

Alistair Lambert (Alistair Lambert Artworks)

Classroom Session for all primary: 63 minutes

Please use Alistair's resources for discussing the skeleton of a fish and understanding various fins:

School of Fish PlanDorsal Fins
Fish SkeletonCaudal Fin Types
Fin Diagram

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Can We Stop Climate Change? Yes. How Can We Do This?

Professor Dudley Shallcross (University of Bristol and previous PSTT CEO)

Classroom Session for 8-12 year olds: 53 minutes

Accompanying PowerPoint of Professor Dudley's session

Additional questions and answers in PDF and PowerPoint

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Making Climate Conversations More Accessible and Diverse

Joycelyn Longdon (Climate in Colour)

Teacher CPD: 54 minutes

Resources related to climate justice

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Giving Children Agency in Collaborative Climate Science Projects

(original title: Empowering Students through Co-design)

Joe Boyle, Kate Kirkwood and Laura Copley (RSPB Scotland)

Teacher CPD: 59 minutes

Wild Challenge video from RSPB

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Why Climate Psychology is Essential in Climate Education and What to Do about It

Jo McAndrews and Caroline Hickman (Climate Psychology Alliance)

Teacher CPD: 60 minutes

Learn more about Jo McAndrews, Caroline Hickman and the Climate Psychology Alliance

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Geological Solutions to the Climate Crisis and Explore: Urban Nature - Asking Scientific Questions

Rose Want (Geological Society London)

Laura Soul (Natural History Museum)

Teacher CDP: 60 minutes

Teaching resources from The Geological Society

Additional information from the Natural History Museum on Explore: Urban Nature

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I bet you didn't know... Cutting-edge Climate Science Research Projects Can be Shared with Primary Children

Dr Alison Trew (PSTT)

Teacher CPD: 43 minutes

Additional questions and answers in PowerPoint

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Combatting Climate Change by Eating Seasonally and Using Digital Literacy to Explore the Climate Crisis

Michele Grimshaw (PSTT)

Paul Tyler (Kirkhill Primary School and PSTT)

Teacher CPD: 66 minutes

Useful links and resources for the classroom created by Michele and Paul are below.

Michele Grimshaw's PadletPaul Tyler's Padlet

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Panel Discussion: Greening Your Curriculum and School Systems

Amy Ball (WWF-UK)

Elizabeth Chambers (Royal Society)

Paul Tyler (Kirkhill Primary School and PSTT)

Olivia Sweeney (Resource Futures)

Teacher Twilight CPD: 63 minutes

Live lessons and classroom resources provided by WWF-UKThe Climate Change Educational Partnership (CCEP) for lessons and activities
Teacher resources from the Royal SocietyExamples of the Royal Society's projects through grants
Short clips for #2050Challenge

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TeachMeet

Contributors to this TeachMeet were: Zoological Society of London, UCL, Royal Society, RSPB Scotland, award winning teachers and Primary Science Teaching Trust staff.

Teacher Twilight CPD: 60 minutes

The Royal Society resources Learning Resources from the Zoological Society of London
The Primary Science Capital Teaching Approach (PSCTA): Teacher Handbook The Wild Challenge from RSPB
Weather data Wild Challenge video from RSPB
Live for the planet leaflet How can we connect with climate change PowerPoint

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We are grateful for the following organisations and institutions for participating in our online event. These establishments are at the forefront of driving forward the conversation about best practices in primary climate science education.



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If you have any questions regarding climate science education, please email: info@pstt.org.uk

Why & How Magazine Articles

The following articles about climate science are taken from our termly WHY&HOW? magazine.

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Summer 2022 - Climate Science

Creative approaches to the climate challenge - learn how to get your pupils involved

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Spring 2022 - Climate Science

Learn more about the Primary Climate Science Symposium recordings for classroom use and teacher CPD.

This issue also contains engaging biodiversity resources to use throughout your school.

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Autumn 2021 - Climate Science

Find out all about our Primary Climate Science Symposium: the content of each session, intended age groups for classroom events and more about our experienced presenters

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Summer 2021 - Climate Science

Have your class spot the difference with 3 engaging climate-themed activities.

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Spring 2021 - Climate Science

Find out more about recommended classroom resources from UK educators.

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Autumn 2020 - Climate Science

What is eco-anxiety and how do we support children suffering with eco-anxiety? Find out in our Autumn 2020 issue.

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Summer 2020 - Climate Science

Connect with nature and care for the Earth with this cross-curricular activity.

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Spring 2020 - Climate Science

This issue contains many supporting resources for discussing climate change with primary children. Learn more about climate change, the energy issue, pollution and much more!

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Autumn 2019 - Climate Science

We have 6 pages of information to help teach primary students about microplastics in our seas.

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Safety Notice and Disclaimer


PSTT advises teachers to refer to either the CLEAPSS website or SSERC website for up to date health and safety information when planning practical activities for children.

PSTT is not liable for the actions or activities of any reader or anyone else who uses the information in these resource pages or the associated classroom materials. PSTT assumes no liability with regard to injuries or damage to property that may occur as a result of using the information contained in these resources. PSTT recommends that a full risk assessment is carried out before undertaking in the classroom any of the practical investigations contained in the resources.

All materials are ©Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) and are freely available to download and share for educational purposes. Whilst educators are free to adapt the resources to suit their own needs, acknowledgement of copyright on all original materials must be included. Rights to images included in the resource have been purchased for PSTT use only – as such, these images may only be used as part of this resource and may not copied into or used in other materials.

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