Knowing Nature Podcast

Exploring and engaging with the natural world

Ep 49 – A cross-curricular unit on parts and needs of plants

Ideas for a cross curricular unit on the parts and needs of plants. Science Curriculum What a plant needs to live Parts of a plant Set up experiments to see how plants react to more or less: water, light, soil types Students record their set-up, anything they add (watering) Record observations 2-3 times/week Describe how … Continue reading Ep 49 – A cross-curricular unit on parts and needs of plants

Ep 48 – Embedding climate in curriculum and hope enhancing programmes

Discussion of two pieces of research and what they mean for environmental educators. Potential problems with embedding climate and sustainability in the curriculum. How environmental-hope-enhancing programs could resolve some of these issues. Teach the Future – State of Climate Education in the UK State of climate education in the UK report – Teach the future … Continue reading Ep 48 – Embedding climate in curriculum and hope enhancing programmes

Ep 47- Art Workshops and meaningful work kids want to take home

Interview with Educator and Artist Charlotte about her experiences facilitating social painting events with PopUp Painting, and helping people take pride in their work. Then ideas for how environmental educators can adjust what we have kids do so that the experiences are more meaningful, and kids actually want to take home the paper we give … Continue reading Ep 47- Art Workshops and meaningful work kids want to take home

Leaf hunting with line drawings

Three activities which can be used modularly, or together to create a lesson on identifying common plants and practicing use of descriptive language. This lends itself best to younger ages (UK KS1, age 6-7). With some work this can also be modified to be an activity focussing on classification for older groups. Sorting leaves Sort … Continue reading Leaf hunting with line drawings

Ep 46 – South London Botanical Institute

Interview with Sarah Webley, Education and Outreach Coordinator at the South London Botanical Institute. We discuss how they structure their school sessions, and get an overview of the huge variety of programmes they offer. South London Botanical Institute Website School sessions Classes divided into 3 groups doing different activities in a round-robin/carousel. Garden and art activities … Continue reading Ep 46 – South London Botanical Institute

Ep 45 – Film Club – Arrival

When gigantic spaceships touchdown in 12 locations around the world. Linguist Louise Banks is approached to lead a team attempting to find a way to communicate with  extraterrestrial visitors. Pressure mounts as nations teeter on the verge of a global arms crisis which could be set off by a simple misunderstanding. You may want to … Continue reading Ep 45 – Film Club – Arrival

Ep 44 – Pond dipping and night-time nature at London Wetland Centre

Interview with Paul, Learning manager at the London Wetland Centre (LWC). A site maintained by the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT). We discuss the ever popular pond dipping sessions, how they’re structured and the resources provided to support students. Paul also shares his thoughts on the wonders of exploring nature at night. Find out more … Continue reading Ep 44 – Pond dipping and night-time nature at London Wetland Centre

Ep 43 – Part 2 – Peppered moths: Example of evolution and science at work

Part 2: Primer on a resource on the peppered moth and evolution, using digitized specimens from the collections of the Natural History Museum. The story of the peppered moth is a great illustration of evolution by natural selection. And the study of the phenomenon now called industrial melanism is also a great example of how … Continue reading Ep 43 – Part 2 – Peppered moths: Example of evolution and science at work


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