Going for a song

17th March 2000 at 00:00
From September, education for sustainable development becomes a central part of the new curriculum. The new framework, being developed by environmentalists, aims to give schools the flexibility to develop their own approach to the subject, in contrast to the specific orders for literacy and numeracy.

Infants will focus on personal development but will also learn about their local environment - what improves and harms it. Juniors will cover a broader spectrum and learn about the wider world: the interdependence of communities, the allocation of resources and rights and responsibilities.

A key issue for teaching sustainable development is how to integrate it into the timeable. A new, free resource pack by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds can provide some starting points. The pack includes six booklets: history, geography, art, PE, music (including a tape) and design and technology, which shows how to make bird boxes and feeding tables.

Densely written and packed with lesson plans, these well researched books include photocopiable worksheets and show where each activity relates to the curriculum.

For Internet enthusiasts, the RSPB website is being updated every term with resources and has an area for parents as well as teachers. This term the focus is on English.

RSPB Education stand PV43


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