Connecting to Climate Change

Use photography, visual storytelling, and scientific enquiry to explore the interconnection of humans and the natural world. (Science, KS2)

Connecting to Climate Change is a KS2 Primary classroom resource for the Science curriculum; written by artist, Izzy McLeod in collaboration with The Ministry of Eco Education.

In a series of short and practical activities, pupils start to ask the big questions about climate change through photography, visual storytelling, and scientific enquiry. They focus on the positive human impact to be made and how their actions can make a difference.

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Next Steps

For those who are new to Teaching for Creativity

Perhaps you chose this resource because of the topic rather than the creative thinking aspect or you have stumbled across Teaching for Creativity and want to know how to use the approach?

Testing out the pedagogies from a resource like this in class is a great way to get to started! We would suggest next trying out more activities across a range of the habits – either as part of a lesson you are planning or in a special 10- or 15-minutes set-aside. Our Taster Cards are perfect for this and are divided into sets, some by phase or setting and some specifically on subjects including a set about the same topic as this resource, Climate and Sustainability. All our resources are free and we offer free training and professional development sessions on this topic, too.

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For those ready to go deeper

If you are already familiar with Teaching for Creativity, you might be wondering how else to start to embed it in your learning now you have used some of our resources. You can find more lesson plans for different topics focusing on different habits free to download on our website – even if they are in a subject you don’t teach, you could take a look at how we have incorporated a creative skill into the lesson and use this to inform your own lesson planning.

It might now be time to start introducing the concept to your students – for example you could have a creativity focused week where you explore each of the habits in turn so pupils themselves understand what they are. Or focus on a creative habit and its vocabulary in each half term.

Our ongoing CPD sessions will be discussing how embedding this approach works in practice, and we will publish Case Studies on our blog. To find out about these opportunities, sign up to our newsletter

Assessment and tracking progress

If you are thinking about how to start to demonstrate progress, you could start with self-reporting from pupils to find out their confidence level. Our resources already encourage this through the reflection questions and plenaries – and quite often those suggested questions can be lifted to suit other lessons. If you are looking for tools to record this, you will find two examples below:

  • Assessment for Learning Bar: For AFL to compare before and after one lesson focusing on one habit.
  • Creative Habits Wheel: Can be used to add to over time for all the habits, developed by Thomas Tallis School.

To find out more about what success looks like, we recommend reading Teaching Creative Thinking: Developing learners who generate ideas and can think critically by Bill Lucas and Ellen Spencer.