Our Eco Classrooms and Nurseries are designed, sourced, and built from as eco-friendly a point of view as possible. Because of this we understand the need for schools and nurseries to include environmental issues within the classroom itself. This fosters a deeper understanding of the issues from a young age and helps develop good practice for later life.
Eco Friendly Classrooms
Creating eco-friendliness into the space’s children come into and use each day is an important way to incorporate eco-practices as the norm. It is also a great way to introduce complex problems like global warming and sustainability to a young audience.
If you are looking for ways to encourage environmental awareness in your classroom or school take a look at some of our ideas below:
Create an Eco-Crew – Create a rota for the pupils so that on rotation they can be part of the classroom eco crew! A squad of pupils ready to take on the tasks to make sure their classroom is adhering to environmental standards. This gives the students a sense of responsibility that they have tasks to compete, a sense of achievement when they complete them, increases their respect for the classroom and of course gets them thinking about how their actions impact on the environment.
The tasks of course can be age appropriate and take only a small amount of time but can include things like ensuring taps and fully off, lights and appliances that are not being used are switched off and sorting any recycling.
Create a Recycling Habit – Having a strong ethos of recycling everything that can be recycled in the classroom is a perfect way to introduce eco concepts to younger pupils. Trying to use more recyclable or sustainable products within the classroom and explaining this to the pupils is a great way to start discussion. This also lets them learn about the materials that they use on a regular basis, where they have come from and what they are made of. You can make this a whole class activity or the responsibility of the eco-crew (see above).
Give some extra time for cleaning up to ensure materials can be sorted into the appropriate boxes, spending lesson time exploring what can and can’t be recycled and why and can lead onto discussion and work on what is biodegradable and what is not.
Make a Class Garden – Cultivating a garden is a great class activity. The garden can be outdoors if you have space, a section of a larger school garden project or even just some simple pots inside the classroom itself. Gardens can have any number of tasks the students can get involved with and will help with their communication and relationship skills, give opportunities to develop practical literary and numeracy skills relating to tending the garden along with a sense of shared responsibility that will help with class morale.
Water Skills – The water cycle is something every child learns at school and this is a great opportunity to take it further and inject some environmental awareness too. Collecting rainwater can be a fun activity, this can also link in with using that rainwater on the school garden or other project to make them aware of how important water is and how it must not be wasted.