Teaching Climate Change and Sustainability in the Primary Curriculum

The first aim of the DfE's 2022 Strategy for Sustainability and Climate Change is to prepare all young people for a world impacted by climate change through learning and practical experience.

This practical text for new teachers empowers them to develop their knowledge and understanding of climate change and sustainability. It supports them to develop confidence in discussing difficult themes and to create safe learning spaces that allow children to articulate concerns. The book provides a structure for learning and teaching about climate change and sustainability across the primary curriculum. All chapters are linked to relevant and authentic research and include suggestions for practical activities.

Essential Subject Knowledge for Primary Teaching

As a trainee teacher you have a huge amount to grapple with when it comes to developing expertise in the suite of subjects within the primary national curriculum. Subject knowledge cannot be developed in isolation, it must relate to the curriculum knowledge and pedagogical knowledge, enabling ways to teach the subject with confidence. This book takes you though a journey of the national curriculum, supporting you to think about each subjects’ positioning within the national curriculum, the subject knowledge you need to know and how to teach each subject in a creative way. Highlighting the importance of diversity, equity and inclusion across all chapters, this book enables new teachers to bring new voices and perspectives to the classroom. It includes:

  • Key subject knowledge.
  • Examples of sequenced lessons.
  • Classroom ideas.
  • Links to further learning and subject associations.
  • A chapter exploring the subject knowledge needed to teach sustainability and climate change.