Recycle today with the Glass Guardians

Get children passionate about looking after the environment, with the help of this fabulous new recycling project called the Glass Guardians! 

This cross-curricular resource is aimed at educating 7-11 year olds on the importance of glass recycling, and comes from The National Schools Partnership, in partnership with British Glass and Friends of Glass.

National Schools Partnership - Glass GuardiansGlass is one of the most sustainable and eco-friendly materials we have, so this programme is a great way to add to your materials’ science lessons.

It’s free for teachers to register, so visit now if you’re not already a member. The downloadable activity pack is sure to inspire exciting classroom learning, helping get the crucial message of recycling across.National Schools Partnership - Glass Guardians recycling

The pack includes a Powerpoint presentation, teacher notes, an engaging video and activity worksheets. If you’re one of the first 150 schools to register for the initiative, you’ll also receive a free printed set of resource materials too – hurry!

National Schools Partnership - Glass Guardians recycling

Be eco-friendly with Roots & Shoots

It’s vital we do more to save planet Earth, and the issue of single-use plastic is a hot topic. Topmarks is loving the education programme at Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots site, helping to raise environmental awareness.

Roots & Shoots is a programme set up by the Jane Goodall Institute in the UK, guided by Jane’s founding principles and vision.
A renowned primatologist, environmentalist and humanitarian, Jane‘s belief is to inspire, educate and drive hope in young people so they can make a real difference.

Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots

The Roots & Shoots scheme is really flexible and fun, so anyone – kids, teens, teachers, parents and club leaders – can come together to inspire young people in making a positive environmental change. It’s what the world needs! Read about how Roots & Shoots works here.

There are ideas galore for projects, many of which can be easily customised to suit different age groups. Plus, we found many are curriculum-linked, so can easily fit into your teaching plans. Find
lots of downloadable resources including teacher notes on the site, as
well as updates from other groups about their projects, all sure to jump-start your imagination.

Jane Goodall's Roots & ShootsTaking care of the world around us is so important, and the ‘Mission Possible’ of learning about how to reduce, reuse and recycle is an perfect place to start. Single-use plastic is something we should all be avoiding so why not devise a project on how you can affect a real, and positive difference in your school and its local community?
Check out the activities here.

Three ideas Topmarks really love are:

  • Avoid using plastic bags, by designing and decorating your own fabric totes to take shopping instead
  • Have a litter pick in your local area, making charts on the types of waste collected, and discuss the impact of rubbish on plants, animals and humans, both near and far, including our oceans
  • Organise a school-wide campaign getting children to write letters asking local suppliers to cut down on plastic use, making sure everyone uses the recycling bins around the building, and more besides!

Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots

Make sure your school or group is registered at Roots & Shoots today, and join in the fun.
Plus, enter details of how your project is making a local difference to your local environment and community. All of the writeups will be considered for a Roots & Shoots Award, which include prizes and the chance for you and your pupils to meet Dr Jane Goodall herself.

All resources on the site are free, but Roots & Shoots is a charitable enterprise, so donations to keep it running that way are gratefully received.

Nature learning with the RSPB

We’re excited to share news about an outreach programme from the RSPB and Aldi, to help schools and young people connect with nature.

This exciting partnership allows educators to visit primary schools and early years’ settings across the UK, with the aim of working with teachers and children on outdoors topics.

Schools outreach from RSPB and AldiSchools outreach from RSPB and Aldi

This FREE initiative is available in a wide range of cities across mainland Britain, with what Topmarks sees as exciting sessions to engage children, beyond the classroom environment.

Schools outreach, RSPB and Aldi

For early years, these include:
Wild Words – investigating outdoor spaces and animal journeys, collecting natural things, and using ‘wild words’ as prompts for retelling the experience
Habitat Explorer – finding and identifying minibeasts in existing habitats as well as spotting opportunities to create new ones
Sensing the World – discovering your outdoor space with your senses, making a ‘nature’s colours’ collection, creating a piece of wild art full of texture

And for primary children, there’s fun to be had with these sessions:
Wild Words – exploring your school grounds through the eyes of an animal, collecting natural things, and stimulating literacy work with ‘wild words’ we come up with
Giving Nature a Home – helping to map and score your outdoor environment with nature in mind, identifying habitats and looking for potential to create new ones
Bioblitz – hunting for plants and minibeasts under every rock, bush and doormat!

Schools outreach with RSPB and Aldi

Each visit is free, and the sessions last around 90minutes. Enquire about one coming to your school by clicking here!
And if you’re not lucky enough to live close to where the outreach programme is happening, check the RSPB’s site for more ideas. Find ways to support nature learning such as outdoor activity sheets and resources, a Wild Challenge for kids to get involved with and outreach presentations (PDF and PowerPoint) from their team, to be used by teachers.

Schools outreach by RSPB and Aldi

New learning ideas from My School Rocks!

Get toes tapping and fire children’s creativity, with a new programme called My School Rocks! Inspired by the West End hit, School of Rock the Musical, it’s sure to fuel everyone’s imaginations.

This cross-curricular resource is aimed at 7-11 year olds, with a host of practical activities including playscripts and costume design. There are plenty of opportunities to explore themes around motivation and achieving goals, all in this fun initiative from the National Schools Partnership.

My School Rocks programme
Teachers can register now for access to the resources, which will be a springboard for inspiring lessons. Find a teacher overview, activity sheets, script excerpts so children can try their hand at acting, sheet music for exploring emotion through learning a song from the show, an education guide on the School of Rock the Musical show, plus information on planning, casting and rehearsing your own productions.

A great way to celebrate kids’ creativity, as well as inspirational teachers!