Reflecting on Classroom Experiences so Far…

Last week saw the end of the first phase of our One School One Planet classroom sessions. Over the last five weeks we have completed five units of our programme with a year 10 Welsh Baccalaureate class (click to be taken to a write-up about the session): Unit 1: Creatively Use and Respond to Change….

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“Everything can impact everything…”

The principle that we explored in Week 5 was ‘Systems and Limits,’ as an introduction to systems thinking and specifically the role of feedback. Natural systems function through interacting feedback loops, and there is a lot we could learn from paying attention to this fact. To begin Wednesday’s session we asked students to give us…

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“They got the soil to come alive…”

The theme for Week 4 was ‘Obtain a Yield.’ To begin, and drawing on our emphasis on soil in the previous week, we asked the students to read through a  newspaper article about a recent speech from the current UK Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Michael Gove. We asked the students…

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“Soil means dirt, crops and ploughing a field…”

The theme for Week 3 was ‘Catch and Store Energy.’ The first taught session with the class aimed to explore how natural systems function – specifically in the context of soil ecosystems and trophic pyramids. To begin we introduced the theme of soil, and asked students to think about something they probably hadn’t really thought…

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‘The Earth just looked simply beautiful and awesome’: Further Reflections from the Classroom

We have been back in school working with year 10 Welsh Baccalaureate students this week. On Wednesday Steve and Jemma gave a session based around the theme of ‘Observation.’ Jemma created a worksheet for students to work on as the lesson progressed. First students were asked about progress on their Severn Suzuki-inspired speeches. The class…

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“My name is —. I live in a farmhouse in a small village in Wales…”

This week saw the first official One School One Planet classroom sessions at Llanfyllin High School. We have started working with a class of 29 Year 10 Welsh Baccalaureate students, who are helping us to trial and develop our 12 unit course and learing resources. On Wednesday, Steve took the first class with the group….

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Synergies Between Projects

On Friday, Steve Jones and Jack Hunter of the One School One Planet project went on a trip to the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) in Machynlleth. They were joined by permaculture teacher Lachlan McKenzie, author of the Tropical Permaculture Guidebook . Lachlan and Steve have been working together in preparation for the upcoming Permaculture…

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