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Primary Climate Science Symposium

Join the conversation about effective climate science education in primary schools.

Recorded Sessions

Did you miss a live classroom session or twilight teacher CPD event? You can watch full recorded sessions below.

Please give us feedback after viewing our sessions so we can bring you more and better online events in the future.

Primary Climate Science Symposium Feedback Form

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Making Climate Conversations More Accessible and Diverse

Joycelyn Longdon (Climate in Colour)

Teacher Twilight CPD: 54 minutes

Resources related to climate justice

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

Jo McAndrews and Caroline Hickman (Climate Psychology Alliance)

Teacher Twilight CPD: 60 minutes

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

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

Professor Dudley Shallcross (University of Bristol and 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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Geological Solutions to the Climate Crisis and Explore: Urban Nature - Asking Scientific Questions

Rose Want (Geological Society London)

Laura Soul (Natural History Museum)

Teacher Twilight CDP: 60 minutes

Teaching resources from The Geological Society

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

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Empowering Students through Co-design

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

Teacher Twilight CPD: 59 minutes

Wild Challenge video from RSPB

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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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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 Twilight CPD: 66 minutes

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

Michel Grimshaw's PadletPaul Tyler's Padlet

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

Professor Dudley Shallcross (University of Bristol and PSTT CEO)

Classroom Session for 8-12 year olds: 46 minutes

Accompanying PowerPoint of Professor Dudley's session

Additional questions and answers in PDF and PowerPoint

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

Dr Alison Trew (PSTT)

Teacher Twilight CPD: 43 minutes

Do you have questions about this session?

Please let us know by completing our feedback form.

Q&A will be posted soon.

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Additional Resources

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

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Issue 12 - Climate Science [1.01MB]

Spot the difference

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Issue 11 - Climate Science [283.24kB]

Recommended classroom resources

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Issue 10 - Climate Science [636.80kB]

Supporting children with eco-anxiety

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Issue 9 - Climate Science [701.61kB]

Connecting with nature and caring for the earth

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Issue 8 - Climate Science [546.36kB]

Support resources for the primary classroom

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Issue 7 - Climate Science [1.49MB]

Microplastics in our seas

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Overview

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? You can find these answers and more throughout our recorded sessions.

What to Expect from PCSS:

Classroom Sessions Designed for School Use

Twilight Teacher CPD Events Including:

  1. • Webinar
  2. • Workshop
  3. • Panel Discussion
  4. • TeachMeet

At PSTT, we are committed to supporting effective climate science education for all children and we are therefore making this event available to all teachers and schools at no cost.

Stay informed about climate science education and future PSTT events by signing up to our mailing list and following us on social media. @pstt_whyhow @primaryscienceteachingtrust

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



Who is involved?

Participating in our PCSS, organisations and institutions who are at the forefront of driving forward the conversation about best practices in primary climate science education:


Programme

Have a look at our Primary Climate Science Symposium programme with details regarding live classroom sessions and twilight teacher CPD events. Here you can learn more about sessions, intended age groups for live events, and our experienced presenters.

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Primary Climate Science Symposium Programme [2.16MB]

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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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