Climate of opinion...
Five years ago Nature magazine published Myles Allen's article "Do-it-yourself climate prediction" where he encouraged people to get involved in calculating the Earth's climate over the coming century.
Since then Oxford University, the Met Office and the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory among others have also been working on a project to investigate climate change. The site has teaching materials for primary pupils, key stage 3 and 4 maths, science and geography as well as A-level physics. Pdf worksheets, PowerPoint presentations and Excel spreadsheets containing graphs and data are all free to download. There are also discussion groups, links, details of climate models used around the world, statistical information and an interactive glossary. www.climateprediction.netschools ...open to competition
This year's Green Week is from May 31 to June 3. The theme this year will be climate change. Pupils aged six to 10 are asked to enter drawings or painting that illustrate the topic. Small teams of secondary pupils up to the age of 16 can also enter. They are asked to make a digital video up to three minutes long about climate change. It must not use speech or text. The 20 best entries from both categories will have their work displayed in an exhibition during the Green Week conference in Brussels.
The top three entries will travel to the conference to receive their prizes and visit the European Commission. The deadline for entries is March 15.
Coping with loss
According to UK charity Parentline Plus, more than one in four children in Britain has to deal with their parents divorcing before they reach 16. From secondary school teacher Tracey Cleminson comes a website dedicated to helping children and adults through divorce, separation and bereavement. "It's finished" addresses the emotional and financial issues of these situations and has pages for teenagers on sexual health and relationship advice. There are links to other sites to explain legal affairs and forums to discuss problems. A three-year subscription is pound;7.
Report bullies online
Last December, an anti-bullying system enabling victims to report bullying via the internet was launched. BullyInTheNet gives each registered school a user name and password so pupils can access an online form. They can report (anonymously if they wish) bullying to their teachers, telling them what happened. Focusing mainly on the places and times where bullying occurs, the software enables schools to translate the information into a report for the past week, month or quarter, indicating where additional support and supervision needs to be provided. A school subscription to this site costs pound;50 a month.