For Schools

Earth Education

Inspiring Sessions on Sustainability

At ecoACTIVE, we want as many young people as possible to understand the science of climate change and feel empowered to take action on it. To this end, we are offering a new suite of projects for schools.

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In the current state of climate emergency, the health of our planet is reliant on us having a greater understanding of sustainability principles and the interdependence between communities and our planet. Our awareness and the action that we will take in the next years will be crucial to address the climate emergency and to implement effective adaptation strategies.

What we offer

Our Earth Education programme comprises one-off or multiple-session projects (minimum of three workshops) on the following topics:

  • Climate Chaos
  • Sustainability in Action
  • Ethical Consumption

Session Design and Delivery

The sessions are interactive, practical and solution-focused. Once we have introduced and explored key concepts of sustainabililty, pupils are encouraged to take an active role in identifying issues and designing solutions that they can implement in their daily life in school and at home. 

Sessions are designed to develop key skills such as problem-solving, cooperation, emotional intelligence, divergent and critical thinking. 

We also promote a holistic approach to sustainability and would like pupils to become familiar with the complexity and interconnectedness of sustainability issues, while understanding their role as active citizens within a globalized context.

The themes also align with the national curriculum and hold relevance across many taught subjects suitable from EYFS to higher education. 

We are passionate about inspiring students, strengthening communities and empowering individuals to become ambassadors for change. 

 

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Want to know more?

 

If you're a Hackney school, you can take advantage of our programme of free activities available to primaries and secondaries across the borough – funded by the London Borough of Hackney to help schools manage their waste more effectively, and learn more about their local environment. 

 

Forest School

Forest school is a wonderful opportunity for children to learn outside and connect with nature. Drawing upon the principles of outdoor kindergarten practices in Scandinavia, it provides experiential, hands-on and child-led learning in the natural environment.

What we offer

Our workshops are delivered by experienced and qualified Forest School leaders.
They have been proven to help children build confidence, self-awareness, and social and teamwork skills. Children have time to connect with themselves and others, understand their inner needs and become owners of their own freedom. They can explore the environment following their own interests and pace and develop a deeper affinity with nature while improving health and well-being.

Forest School focuses on creating a safe space for children to develop emotional intelligence, empathy and connection, without the impositions that are typical of a school environment, such as directed learning, rules and scheduled time, compulsory objectives and the pressure related to performance. Our sessions offer children a space where they are free to decide what they want to do, how and when. The adults facilitate this process.

Activities include: 

  •  making a fire and campfire cooking
  • learning bushcraft skills
  • making natural material crafts

  • exploring the space through games or challenges and learn about local habitats

  • climbing trees and test the benefits of taking risk within a safe environment

  • lots of time for essential free play

 

How Forest School Works

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Our current projects are funded by Children in Need. For local primary schools, we offer 12-week programmes - weekly sessions with a selected group of children (usually 15). 

Normally, we take the children to a green space closest to their school. As we are located in central London, this is usually a local park. We make the best out of the green areas that we can access and feel lucky that Hackney offers so many nature spots and diverse habitats, despite being a densely-populated urban area.

Our Forest Schools help children to connect with the nature around them, learn to enjoy it, and feel responsible for it. We particularly welcome children with less access to green spaces, and with needs, so that we can offer an opportunity that they might not access otherwise.

 

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We also offer a range of sessions with focus on different topics and can provide one-off workshops or full programmes for schools, community groups and children’s parties. Please download our flyer below or contact us for further information or to make a booking.

NOW TAKING BOOKINGS FOR Autumn 2020!