We are committed to ensuring our soon to be teachers and educators are equipped and ready to teach the children of today what it means to live sustainably and, most importantly, why it’s so important we all take action.

Our postgraduate secondary students have been engaging in great cross-curricular projects exploring how they can teach different climate and sustainability topics, through linking subject knowledge.

Art&Design, Design&Technology, and Science students upcycling cross-curricular project

Recently our fantastic Art &Design, Design & Technology and Science students collaborated on a cross-curricular project showcasing climate change impact.
Utilising the skills and expertise from their different subjects, groups of students created art works and sculptures made of plastic to represent the damaging impact of waste and unsustainable practices on our environment.

Some examples of their works included:

🌎a full plastic dress – highlighting the issues relating to fast fashion.
🌏Plastic jelly fish – showcasing their vulnerability to ingesting microplastics that pollute our waters.
🌍Landscape deterioration from non-renewable power plants.

🌎A model of the albedo effect – emphasizing the negative cyclical impact of global warming.

Students went onto present their works and findings to the rest of the group.
The purpose of the session was to get our students thinking about how they can link and embed climate education across subjects and how using different learning methods can help with children’s retainment of key information and enrich pupils’ learning.
Our students modelled the lesson as they will go on to teach it to their own students. We are very proud of the work they produced!

English, Geography & R.E students ‘the world around us’ cross-curricular project. 

Subject leads Martin Sutton & Rachel Roberts ran a cross-curricular session for their Geography, Religious Education and English students.”Our English, Geography and Religious Education Secondary Reading Partnership Trainees (RPTs), participated in a collaborative session, aimed at designing a one hour transition lesson, pitched at year six pupils who may be visiting their secondary schools for an induction day.
Students were given a collection of resources – poems, photographs, maps, book extracts and were tasked to design a cross curricular lesson that addressed the overarching theme ‘The world around us’. Within this broad idea, the groups were assigned titles to their individual lessons, that included ‘Awe and wonder’, ‘Critical travels’, ‘Dystopian worlds’ and ‘Stewardship’. The groups presented their ideas to the other RPTs and have collated them in a resource bank.

The intention of the session was to find common ground between the three subjects and also to show that themes around our Earth, can be taught in a cross curricular manner. The students commented that they were surprised about the commonality between our disciplines and seemed to enjoy collaborating and learning knowledge and skills from each other.We hope that some of the RPTs take up our offer of continuing this type of project during their Enrichment Weeks, in June later this year. We raised awareness of Earth Day and hopefully lots of them will investigate how this will be enacted within their placement schools.” Martin Sutton🌏

We are incredibly proud of the work our students produced, their agility and ability to work collaboratively and across subject and their passion for the topics at hand. Great work all!
Checkout more pictures of their work on our Instagram.