Teaching the Explore

Prior knowledge recap

Identify and describe four human causes of climate change.
Select one of your four causes and create a solution to reduce the impact of this cause on the environment. (Six possible answers are included on the teaching slide.)

Main task

Activity 1: How can we reduce the impact of climate change?

Pupils to research ways in which we could change human behaviour in order to reduce climate change.
Brainstorm generally first, using the questions on the slide. Then consider the six areas that the pupils recapped in the previous slides.
Pupils may choose to cover: 

  • Using renewable energy sources such as wind turbines and solar panels to generate electricity, instead of fossil fuels.
  • Planting more trees to help with carbon dioxide.
  • Wearing warmer clothes in winter rather than just turning the heating up.
  • Walking or riding a bike instead if using the car.
  • Using an electric car instead of a petrol one.
  • Turning off electrical devices when they are not being used to save power.
  • Protecting areas such as coral reefs and other ocean sanctuaries.

Pupils to add their research and information gained in the previous Explore to the information template provided in the slide. (An example template for ‘food production’ can be found on the teaching slide.)

Pupils to then repeat this task twice more so that they have three complete areas of research. This will help them to deliver an effective speech in the outcome task.

Activity 2: Save our planet!

For this outcome task, pupils will create a persuasive speech in the form of a video explaining how our climate is being affected by human behaviour. Promote ways in which we can mitigate the impact of climate change.

Before pupils create their speech, they need to remind themselves of the key features of persuasive writing, including:

  • Counter argument
  • Emotive language
  • Rhetorical questions
  • Balanced review

Pupils to self-assess their work to ensure that they are meetings the requirements of a persuasive speech. The following slide poses questions to help them with this.

Assess, reflect, connect

Pupils make an individual pledge:

  1. How will you personally change your behaviour to help reduce your impact on climate change?
  2. How will you encourage your family and friends to also change their behaviours?

Pupils can use the completed example on the slide to support them with this.