Spring Term – Sustainable Development

This term in Year 2, we are exploring the whole school theme of Sustainable Development – A Clean, Green World, through our own theme of ‘One Bag, One World.‘ This will see us focus on the pollution and side effects for the planet from single use plastic bags and the benefits of using a bag for life instead. We will be exploring this topic through the use of some carefully chosen texts (see below) and using these as a base to form our written published outcomes. The children will also be recycling single use plastic bags in our DT project and using this as fund raising opportunity to donate to a charity of their choice.

In addition, this topic will see the children consider:

  • How WE can take care of the environment
  • How WE can show an interest in the environment
  • To know OUR actions can have a positive/ negative impact on the environment
  • To know that humans can have a negative effect on humans

The children in Year 2 will also be learning about this term:

  • Forests- people dumping rubbish & the effects. How it harms the environment.
  • Reusing rubbish.
  • Living things and their habitats, food chains
  • Materials- reusing for another purpose
  • Geography- Map skills, natural vs manmade, objects, human and physical resources.
  • and… lots more!

We know the children will be very engaged and motivated by this topic. It enables them the beginnings of thought, that their actions can make a change in the world. We hope you will enable and encourage any ideas that their learning produces at home.

Our Spring Class Texts

The Tin Forest by Helen Ward and Wayne Anderson

“There was once a wide, windswept place… but where there is a dream, hope can grow.”

A beautifully illustrated book of the reality of the world in which our main character lives: “sifting and sorting, burning and burying, all the rubbish that other people leave behind.”  He dreams of a very different world of beauty and nature… then one day with a little thought, ingenuity and hard work his dreams become his reality and he is able to change his part of  the world just by reusing and recycling the rubbish that others leave behind.

A thought provoking book that links to our themes of reduce, reuse and recycle and making our world a better place to live today and for our children’s children.

One Plastic Bag  – Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of The Gambia by Miranda Paul 

A story based on a real life problem, and the solution discovered by Isatou Ceesay for a small town in The Gambia; where the unrivaled merits of the humble plastic carrier bag diminished into a health hazard for the village only to be reborn as a community project to support the education of local girls.

We use this true story to show that one person’s passion for recycling and reusing rubbish can make a difference to a whole generation and we should not be afraid to start small.