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We Are All Different eBook

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Name of Resource: We Are All Different eBook

Type of Resource: Downloadable Resource, Software, Free resource, Printable Resource

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Using this EYFS book to celebrate difference

Why is it important for EYFS children to interact with books?

Even if they struggle to read at this stage it is vitally important for EYFS children to interact with books as it helps their development.

Whether a parent or a teacher reads a book to them so that they can heard the sounds of unfamiliar words read aloud or if they attempt to read a few words themselves it is all beneficial to their learning.

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CBeebies Go Jetters Environment, Weather and Climate PowerPoint

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Topic: CBeebies Go Jetters Environment, Weather and Climate PowerPoint

Learning Outcomes

How can I teach Key Stage 1 children about the environment?

Learn all about the Earth and its weather, environment and climate with our PowerPoint for KS1 students.

This resource is themed around CBeebies’ Go Jetters to provide your class with a comprehensive geography lesson.

The PowerPoint introduces vocabulary around topics which affect our world, such as ‘pollution and ‘climate crisis,’ and ask students to discuss those subjects.

So, check out the accompanying CBeebies Go Jetters videos right here and get learning about our world.

What is climate?

Climate is the pattern of weather in a certain place over a period of time. It is the usual condition of factors such as temperature and humidity, wind and rainfall.

Not only this but other meteorological elements over that period of time are taken into consideration too. But, in short, climate are a consideration of all these things over roughly thirty years.

 

Introduction

Development

Plenary

 

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https://www.twinkl.com.mt/resource/cbeebies-go-jetters-environment-weather-and-climate-powerpoint-t-g-646

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I am Irish

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Video of young people from different ethnic backgrounds speaking about their Irishness and how it feels to be asked ‘Where are you from / really from?’

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List of picturebooks relevant to all strands of the Learn Together

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It’s great if class and school libraries include books reflecting the Learn Together. By doing so, many facets of identity are normalised. Some examples below:

Books with characters

  • with different ethnicities
  • coming from different types of families
  • with LGBT identity
  • who happen to have a disability
  • who challenge gender stereotypes

Picturebooks can also be used at all levels to address challenging and / or controversial issues and foster critical-thinking.

Some books below which explore how picturebooks can be used.

You, Me and Diversity Author: Anne Dolan

Developing Children’s Critical Thinking through Picturebooks  Author: Mary Roche

 

 

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World Food Day Oct 16th

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Topic: World Food Day Oct 16th

Learning Outcomes

  • Pupils will come to appreciate the importance of food
  • Pupils will come to see the importance of reducing food waste
  • Pupils will consider the benefits of shopping and eating locally and seasonally

 

Introduction

Adapt to class level

Discussion

  • Can you remember a really fantastic meal? Why was it so fantastic?
  • Why is food such a brilliant part of life?
  • Why do we have to eat food? (Energy)

 

 

Development

Adapt to class level

Discussion / Written activity

  • Pupils research animals that don’t have to eat that often. Report back to class
  • What would it be like if you only had to eat once a week or month or even year, like some larger crocodiles? 
  • Would you like that? What would you miss? What would you do with all that extra time?

Think, Pair, Share

  • Today is World Food Day, why do we have World Food Day?

Share – general discussion

  • Do you think everyone has enough food here in Ireland / around the world? Why / why not?
  • What causes people to be hungry?
    • Poverty – why?
    • Conflict – why?
    • Drought – why?
    • Climate Change – why?
  • What do you think is the worse thing that can happen to food? (Try to elicit, being thrown out)
  • Why is this the worse thing?
    • Too much food grown, too many resources used up for no reason
    • Food miles
      • Country may need that food
      • Environmental cost of shipping food

Think, pair, share

  • What are some good things to keep in mind when shopping for food?
    • Local and seasonal food – What does local mean? What does seasonal mean?

For senior classes

Concern video on Hunger Heroes – (scroll down page)

Plenary

Adapt to class level

Activities: 

Next time you’re in the supermarket, find two kinds of food that come from abroad and two kinds that are local. Discussion in class

Hotseating: Pupil becomes pineapple / garlic / chilli imported from great distance and are interviewed by others in class who are apples or similar locally-produced fruit or veg (discussion should focus on food and not on migration / immigration etc.)

  • How did you get here?
  • How long did it take?
  • How do you feel now that you’re here?

Pupil / Teacher bring in local, seasonal food.

  • What could we make?
  • Simple recipes shared
  • Pupils develop own recipe book

Conscience Alley

  • Pupil walks through alley
    • on one side, fruit / veg from abroad arguing they are the best buy
    • on one side, local, seasonal fruit /veg arguing they are the best buy

Visual Arts

  • Collage of favourite foods from magazines etc.

 

 

 

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Sustainable Farming

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Short presentation on ethical issues around intensive farming.

  • Why do we do this?
  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of intensive farming?
  • How do you think the animals feel?

Could lead to walking debate / conscience alley around the issue.

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Crown Shyness – pictures of rivers of light in the canopy

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Class looks at pictures. More information on crown shyness

  • What is crown shyness?
  • Why does it happen?
  • If you were a tree, what would you do?

Hotseat pupil – now a tree displaying crown shyness. This tree is interviewed by class. See also lesson on ‘Did you know that trees talk to each other?’

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Did you know that trees talk to each other? Video from BBC

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Discussion after video:

  • How do trees talk to each other?
  • How does this benefit them? Any examples?
  • What’s the dark side of all of this?
  • What do you think of the term ‘Wood Wide Web’?
  • If trees could actually talk to each other, like we talk to each other, what do you think they’d say?

Hotseat someone who plays a tree. They are interviewed by the class who’ve just visited this woodland.

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Reclining Buddha

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Lessons and resources on Reclining Buddha (late 19th century) currently on display in National Museum of Ireland, Decorative Arts and History, Collins Barracks. The story of the object is told in child-friendly language.