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Activities for lockdown learning: episode 4

Inspiration

Thinking big:
For older students – UK Student Climate Network has just launched Podcast for Planet on spotify and iTunes. First up is a discussion about the Green New Deal.
A Climate Assembly has been taking place with 110 citizens from across UK. Many of the presentations given to inform their decision making are available online.

Small is beautiful:
For children/ families – Join with #windsofchange and make a beautiful wind spinner, wind sock, kite or other ‘UFO – unifying flying object’ to share a message of what change you would like to happen.

Rainbow windsock fish – #windsofchange

Connecting with farming…

A lamb from Romshed Farm, image courtesy of the Country Trust

See behind the scenes of Romshed Farm with the Country Trust live webcam (on their homepage). On last viewing it was showing swallows nesting but it moves to where the action is; lambs being born, the chicken shed, a farmer checking animals’ health in the yard. It is surprisingly meditative.

Spring Action:
Try some very small scale farming on the window ledge by following this guide to growing nutritious microgreens indoors.

The Countryside Classroom Home Education Hub have collated resources about growing wheat and producing bread with lots of recipes.

Jamie’s Farm has a series of short youtube films designed to bring farming to you.

It isn’t just food that grows on farms, cotton for making our clothes is produced in tropical and sub-tropical countries. Discover the Story of Cotton by the Fairtrade Foundation (11 min – KS3 ) and other Home Learning Challenges about food grown in the global south.  

Spring Goal:
Cook a meal using only local, in season ingredients. Use the BBC Good Food Seasonality Table to find links to recipe suggestions for in season produce.
Print a seasonal food poster for your kitchen.

Intensively farmed cotton being harvested in the USA

Explore… Mental Health & Bereavement

We can all have mental ill health just like we can all have physical ill health, but it is much harder to see and understand. Learning about mental health when you are healthy and happy means you can support others and look out for your own mental health in the future.

We all have mental health’ animation with accompanying resources gives 11 – 14 year olds a language to talk about mental health and some tools for self-care.

Young Minds provides detailed advice to young people on ‘looking after yourself’ and Mind offers lots of ideas on ‘looking after wellbeing’ including learning something new and having a balanced diet.

Tragically many people are experiencing a bereavement currently.
The NHS website offers advice on many subjects including bereavement and young people. Hope Again is especially for young people who are dealing with the loss of someone close to them and the Counselling Directory has collated some resources to support grieving children.  

Spring Challenge:
Death Cafes are voluntarily run events for people to drink tea, eat cake and become more comfortable discussing death. It is a difficult conversation to face but try sitting with a friend and talking about how you feel about death, and living.

Five Steps to Wellbeing that everyone can take
Upcycling for Nature – image & resource from Sustainable Learning

Learning resources…

Practical Action’s STEM Challenges such as ‘squashed tomato challenge’ and ‘regreen the desert’ are for ages 5 – 16 years. Many of them with learning guides for parents and carers.

With a focus on younger years, the RSPB has lots of creative Wild Challenge activities such as ‘upcycle for nature’ and ‘build a minibeast hotel’.

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