Climate change (September - December 2017)

Vocabulary

The ocean

The Bernadotte School

It can be quit abstract to understand concepts like climate change, ecosystems, sustainability, plastic islands etc. when you're 7 years old. 

Understanding the abstract demands an understanding of how things normally works. In 1st. grade we've had a subject about life in the oceans: the ocean floor, waves, life in the ocean: plants, fish, mammals etc., etc.

Having worked with simple food chains and the ecosystem, it suddenly made much more sense to talk about how the ocean is and will be affected by climate changes and how a more sustainable way of thinking (and living)can have an impact. 

Towards the end of our subject the children had to make a small movie.

The moral of this movie is that the mermaids convince the sharks of the advantages of becoming vegans. And the sharks end up really getting a taste for sea weed;)

Anne Mette, teacher

Language: Danish

The UN sustainable development goals

The Bernadotte school

In E4 - the 6th. and 7th. graders in the international department - we have been working with the 17 sustainable and development goals adopted by the United Nations.

Our starting point was the Millenium Goals - what succeeded and what didn't.

From there we moved on to the new goals. They have been explained, debated, connected, illustrated and prioritized. 

Finally, we decided to make a movie showing which of the 17 goals each child found the most important. Making that decision was not easy.

Watch the movie and maybe you'll have the same feeling as I had ... that if the world will be according to these young people, then there really is hope!

Therese, teacher

Language: English

 

Climate Change and Introduction to the project

Marttila School, Seinäjoki, Finland

Climate Change Seagoe Primary School, UK

 

Climate change is the process of our planet heating up!

The earth has warmed by an average of 1oC in the last century and although that might not sound like much, it means a lot for people and wildlife around the globe.

The changing climate will make our weather more extreme and unpredictable. 

One of the causes of climate change is burning fossil fuels such as oil and gas. The gases released into the atmosphere during this process acts like an invisible ‘blanket’ trapping heat from the sun and warming the earth. Carbon dioxide is one of the gases produced. In Northern Ireland we use fossil fuels to produce most of our electricity.

In Seagoe we took part in Switch Off Fortnight.

We thought about the ways that we use energy in our school and home. We carried out an audit to see how much we used at the beginning of the fortnight. We found that we used a lot more than we thought! 

We decided to look for ways to cut down the amount of energy we use to try and reduce the amount of fossil fuels that need to be burned to produce electricity. 

 

We discovered that we could do simple things to reduce the amount of energy we use. 

  1. We can switch off lights when a room is empty!

  2. We can close doors and windows when we leave a room to keep the heat constant!

  3. We can switch off electrical appliances such as televisions, game consoles, dvd players etc. when they are not being used instead of leaving them on standby! 

  4. We can turn down the central heating thermostat by 1 degree!

 

We told our parents about what we had discovered and we all tried to be energy savers!!

We have resource monitors in our school and they try to remind us to save energy every day!

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