We’ve been exploring ypte, the Young Person’s Trust For the Environment, a charity website set up for the purpose of promoting young people’s understanding of the environment and of the need for sustainability. It really is a treasure trove of fascinating and useful information. It’s an excellent website for use in either science lessons or as a non-fiction literacy resource.
The charity’s aim is to highlight environmental problems such as climate change, disappearing wildlife, pollution of soil, air and water, the destruction of rainforests and wetlands, the spread of desert regions and the misuse of the oceans.
The site has hundreds of superb resources both for primary aged children and for teenagers. Topics range from global issues such as the rainforests to those closer to home such as minibeasts in the garden. The excellent factsheets include both animal facts and environmental facts. There are downloadable lesson plans, videos and presentations for teachers and up-to-date articles on environmental news.