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Primary Climate Science Symposium

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


The Primary Climate Science Symposium (PCSS) is an online event for primary teachers and pupils which will run from 1st to 12th November 2021 in parallel with the United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) hosted by the UK in Glasgow.

The PCSS is an online forum 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? Join the PCSS to explore these ideas with us.

Do you have a question?

Please submit questions about climate crisis education to the google form, here.

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Please download and share our poster about this event.


Primary Climate Science Symposium [239.15kB]



What to expect

Live classroom sessions.

At 11 am we will host live interactive sessions designed for use in the classroom.

Twilight teacher CPD events.

From 4-5 pm each evening (except Fridays), we will host twilight teacher CPD events. These will be one of the following:

  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 to themselves.

Who is involved?

For this event, we are delighted to be working with organisations and institutions who are at the forefront of driving forward the conversation about best practice in primary climate science education.

These are some of the organisations that have currently confirmed:

Programme & Booking

Here is the PCSS booklet describing our live classroom and twilight teacher CPD sessions.


Primary Climate Science Symposium Programme [2.06MB]


Booking will be available here on Thursday 21st October at 11 am.

Additional Resources

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


Issue 12 - Climate Science [1.01MB]

Spot the difference



Issue 11 - Climate Science [283.24kB]

Recommended classroom resources



Issue 10 - Climate Science [636.80kB]

Supporting children with eco-anxiety



Issue 9 - Climate Science [701.61kB]

Connecting with nature and caring for the earth



Issue 8 - Climate Science [546.36kB]

Support resources for the primary classroom



Issue 7 - Climate Science [1.49MB]

Microplastics in our seas


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.