The Green School for Girls

Let your
Light shine

Matthew 5:16

Environmental Science

Course leader Miss S McKenzie-Smith

CURRICULUM VISION

 Our intent is to develop environmentally conscious citizens of our school community

 In particular our students will:

  • have the skills to analyse the environmental issues around them
  • take responsibility for their own actions
  • encourage others to be environmentally conscious

What is Environmental Science?

Environmental Science is an interdisciplinary subject which involves studying elements of science, geography and social sciences.

Why do we study Environmental Science?

Our intent is for all our students to become environmentally conscious and ambassadors for our planet.

What do we study? 

We study the cause and  impacts of climate change; the action being taken to tackle climate change; conservation and how we can live sustainably.

 

CURRICULUM IMPLEMENTATION

How do we study Environmental Science? 

Students can enjoy a combination of independent work, group projects and discussions. In lessons there is a focus on students working to describe and analyse then share their results and ideas in class discussion. Environmental Science involves a variety of written work, diagrams and debating. Students will also be able to take practical action outdoors. 

Presentation of Work 

Students will receive a folder in which to keep their work. Each student’s folder should be neat, legible and contain their very best work. At the beginning of each term, students will be issued with the key aims for each lesson, a list of keywords for each topic and a home learning checklist.

Home Learning

Home learning further develops students’ love of the environment and understanding of environmental issues. Students will receive homework each fortnight and will be added to their folders.

Co - curricular Activities

 Students take part in the WildEd programme run by Action for Conservation. This culminates in a trip for the winning team.

How parents/carers can support their children

  • Making use of Google Classroom to ensure students are meeting deadlines and making use of additional resources posted
  • Visiting museums
  • Discussing  environmental issues in the news and documentaries

Recommended Reading

  • ‘How Bad Are Bananas? The Carbon Footprint of Everything’ by Berners-Lee, M (2010)
  • ‘The Burning Question: We can't burn half the world's oil, coal and gas. So how do we quit?’ Burners-Lee & Clark (2013)
  • ‘Taking on the Plastics Crisis’ Hannah Testa (2020)
  • ‘An Inconvenient Truth: The Crisis of Global Warming’ Al Gore (2007)
  • ‘Fantastically Great Women who Saved the Planet’ Kate Pankhurst (2020)

CURRICULUM IMPACT

Assessment

Students receive a LEARN grade for their home learning tasks throughout the year.

Careers Leading on from Environmental Science

 Environmental Science can lead to a number of roles in different fields such as Environmental consultancy, Environmental education, Environmental engineering, Environmental law and many more. 

To view more information about our school Careers programme please click here.