Environmental education is embedded across the curriculum, however from September 2016 we are delighted to offer Year 7 san new Environmental Science course as part of their studies at Dorothy Stringer School.
Making use of the wide range of resources available in the school grounds and the expertise of dedicated staff we will follow an experiential programme of study that will connect our young students with the natural world in a meaningful way.
Areas we will cover as part of the programme:
ecosystem services, ecological footprints, pond exploration and biodiversity monitoring, tree identification and creation of dichotomous keys, seed dispersal collection and planting, tree planting, food preservation, recycling art work, bird identification/watching, gardening, renewable energy, climate change, ecological succession, wildlife management and conservation, wildflower/butterfly/bee identification.
Homework: We will not set homework in the conventional way but we may ask for pupils to bring in specific resources for certain activities such as the recycled Christmas tree activity.
History and context of this course: Dorothy Stringer School has held the Eco Schools Green Flag since 2000, connecting with and caring for the environment are an integral part of our school ethos. For the last 10 years we have taught the GCSE Environmental Science course, sadly the government has discontinued the GCSE and A-Level courses in this subject with the last students taking the exam in 2017. We have built up a lot of resources over this time and developed the school grounds to enable their use for a range of educational purposes. In a world where environmental issues are becoming more acute we feel it is essential that the next generation have a direct connection with the natural world so that they become stakeholders and feel empowered to contribute to the decisions that are made about the world we all live in.
This is because, in the words of Sir David Attenborough: "No one will protect what they don't care about; and no one will care about what they have never experienced."