Gerald Haigh, Jane West
40 ready-to-use assemblies
What does it mean to be eco-aware? How can technology help people try to reuse, recycle and reduce energy consumption? Can we slow down climate change by altering our habits and the way we do things?
When it comes to environmental issues the questions are as complex as the answers are varied. Primary Assemblies for Eco-Awareness brings together 40 ready-to-use assemblies on a variety of topics related to key environmental issues. The assemblies use a huge range of examples designed to encourage children by showing them that one person can make a difference and that working collectively can bring about even greater change.
These unique resources will help to engage and entertain your pupils whilst informing them on important issues and showing them what they can do to help.
Primary Assemblies for Eco-Awareness is ready to use with minimal or no preparation, so you’ll always have a great assembly to hand when you want one. This collection of assemblies provides a diverse selection of environmentally themed assemblies relevant to both Key Stage 1 and 2.
This unique collection of assemblies will enable you to:
Present a complex range of eco-issues simply and clearly in a way your pupils can understand
Empower children to make an impact themselves and have a voice on green issues at home and in school
Stimulate debate and discussion between pupils and encourage positive action
Support your own school’s philosophy and approach on these issues with assemblies that can be adapted to suit your own setting
Theme 1: Being green at school
The green school building: this assembly shows children how a school building can be built to have a smaller impact on the environment and use less energy.
The school farm: this assembly is about keeping animals. It looks at the possibilities for greener living presented by keeping animals and the responsibilities involved in caring for them.
Switching it off: this assembly helps children to focus on the idea of switching off electricity in school when it’s not needed.
Litter: this assembly looks at the detrimental impact of litter, using the effect of litter on wildlife as an example.
Going paperless: this assembly looks at how technology can reduce the use of paper in all working environments, including school.
Theme 2: Being green at home
Beans from Kenya: this assembly looks at whether or not people in the UK should buy food that has been flown into the UK.
Great Grandma’s tips: many traditional ways of saving money are still useful. This assembly discusses some of them.
Keeping the heat in: this assembly discusses issues around home insulation.
A new use for sheep wool: insulation: the Smith family are building their own house. They want it to be eco-friendly but warm and cosy in winter, too. In this assembly, the children help research the best insulation.
Can we go by bus? The Jolly family are used to taking their car everywhere. What difference will it make to their lives to spend a week travelling by public transport?
Shall we get some bikes? This assembly suggests that there’s no single answer to reducing a family’s carbon footprint.
Waste not, want not: this assembly deals with the benefits of composting and the science behind it.
Turning off around the house: this assembly suggests that the simplest way to save energy at home is to keep switching off.
Recycling our waste at home: this assembly looks at what we can do to try to reduce the amount of waste our homes produce.
Those recycling bins and boxes: most local authorities are under pressure to recycle. Not all do it in the same way. This assembly looks at the decisions involved.
Theme 3: Big and Green
The Green Business Awards: this assembly considers the importance of Green Business Awards in the UK.
Creating environmentally friendly products: this assembly discusses the issues around ‘eco-labelling’ of products.
An environmentally efficient office: this assembly looks at the ways by which modern businesses are trying to reduce their environmental impact.
Less packaging: this assembly explains the uses and importance of packaging – as well as their downsides.
Ugly fruit: this assembly asks the question: why do we expect our fruit to look perfect every time?
Fairtrade and local sustainability: the assembly looks at how Fairtrade and local sustainability contribute to more environmentally friendly food production.
Life cycle assessment: this assembly looks at the need to consider a building’s environmental impact over the whole of its lifetime.
Theme 4: Adventures in recycling
Goodbye old friend: recycling our car: currently about two million cars and light vans are scrapped in the UK each year. This assembly investigates what happens to old cars when they die.
Recycling plastic: plastic presents a recycling challenge. This assembly deals with the increasing use of plastic and the difficulties this brings.
Paper, bottles and tins: the assembly explains what happens to paper, bottles and tins after they have been collected for recycling.
Using recycled computers in developing countries: this assembly looks at the way recycled computer hardware is being made available in rural Africa.
Grand Designs: children learn about a house that was built from old tyres. This assembly deals with the creative use of waste material for house building.
Recycling in Europe: this assembly looks at everyday recycling projects in other European countries.
Theme 5: The Big Debate
Electricity from the wind: this assembly asks whether wind power can provide the answer to all our problems.
Elephant grass: can the biofuel made from elephant grass solve our energy needs? This assembly looks at the reality for the future.
New kinds of fuel: can we find sustainable fuels for our vehicles? This assembly deals with the problems and challenges of developing sustainable hydrocarbon fuels.
Nuclear energy: this assembly asks whether nuclear energy is the answer to future energy needs.
Solar panels: are photovoltaic panels (solar panels) the future of electricity generation? Or are there other ways of using the sun’s heat?
Luxury goods: this assembly discusses our love affair with luxury goods such as fast cars that damage the environment.
Electric cars: this assembly discusses the green credentials of electric cars.
Theme 6: From small beginnings
The Passive House: what is a ‘Passive House’ and what can we learn from the idea? This assembly takes the idea of a tea-cosy and considers how it can be applied to a house – so that if you insulate a house properly it will hardly need any bought-in energy to keep it warm.
The Christmas tree man: Christmas trees are grown, used once and discarded. This assembly explains how one person manages to do better.
Bee crisis: this assembly reminds us just how important bees are to the maintenance of our food supplies.
One person can make a difference: can one person really make a difference when it comes to saving the environment? This assembly shows how some individuals really are making a difference.
Allotments: this assembly explains how the ownership of a plot of land to grow food has been important to people for thousands of years, and is still a part of life for many, even in an industrialised country like ours.
Print: A4 spiral-bound, 168 pages