Primary Activities

Use the map to navigate the activities. We’ve organised these into five themes that connect with the curriculum.

The map also has three layers: Classroom, for activities to do in-class; School, for events and projects to engage the school; and Community, for ideas that go beyond the school gates and engage with people and groups in the wider world.

The idea is to start in the middle, and move outwards! This will help your learners build the knowledge, attitudes and skills of active citizenship.

Don’t forget to reflect after every activity with your students! To the right is a reflection tool you can use after every activity, topic or project.

Reflection Tool

Use this worksheet to reflect with your students after an activity, topic or project!

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We impact the planet

How can our daily actions affects nature and other people?

Classroom

A warming planet

Students explore the greenhouse effect through a practical experiment & discuss causes, effects and potential solutions.

Recommended time: 40 mins.
Subjects: SESE: Science.
SDGs: 11, 13

Air pollution

Children discuss some sources of pollution and explore the causes and consequences of bad air.

Recommended time: 30 mins.
Subjects: Geography.
SDGs: 1, 3, 7, 9, 11

Breathe!

Children do an experiment to discover the consequences of poor air quality, and learn about air quality in other countries.

Recommended time: 10 - 25 mins.
Subjects: Science, SPHE.
SDGs: 1, 3, 11, 12, 13, 16

School

School cycle campaign

Students lead an action project to encourage more cycling to school.

Recommended time: 1 month.
Subjects: Maths, SPHE.
SDGs: 3, 4, 9, 11, 13

Community

Interview an elder

Students interview an older member of the community about changes to the local area, the local environment, and the climate.

Recommended time: 30 mins - 1 hour.
Subjects: SPHE.
SDGs: 4, 11, 12, 13

Positive impacts

Children meet a community group who are working to positively impact their environment.

Recommended time: 1 hour.
Subjects: SPHE, SESE Science and Geography.
SDGs: 4, 11, 13, 15, 17

We consume and produce

Where does our energy, food and clothes come from?
And where does it go when we've finished with it?

Classroom

Billy the banana

Children will explore a supply chain that extends around the world and that interacts with their daily life.

Recommended time: 45 mins.
Subjects: SPHE, SESE, Oral language, Maths.
SDGs: 1, 2, 3, 9, 12

Fast fashion

Children look at their own clothes, map fast fashion and discuss impacts on workers.

Recommended time: 1 hour.
Subjects: SPHE, SESE, Oral language.
SDGs: 1,3, 5, 8, 10, 12, 13

Needs and wants

Students tell stories about the things in their everyday life, those they need and that they could live without.

Recommended time: 40 mins.
Subjects: Oral language, SPHE.
SDGs: 1, 2, 3, 10, 12

The recycling game

Blindfolded students separate waste into the correct bin.

Recommended time: 60 mins.
Subjects: SPHE, SESE.
SDGs: 11, 12, 13

Wind as energy

Students demonstrate how wind energy can be harnessed by making a windmill.

Recommended time: 40 mins.
Subjects: SPHE, SESE.
SDGs: 7, 11, 15

School

Fairtrade event

Run a Fairtrade event in your school.

Recommended time: 1 hour - 2 weeks.
Subjects: SPHE, SESE Geography, SESE Science.
SDGs: 1, 2, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15

Reduce your waste

Students lead a whole-school campaign to reduce waste in school.

Recommended time: 1 week - 1 month.
Subjects: SPHE, SESE, Maths, Oral Language.
SDGs: 11, 12, 13, 14, 15

A library of things

Create a space in your library where students can borrow things they need.

Recommended time: At least 1 month.
Subjects: SPHE, SESE Geography, Written language, Oral language.
SDGs: 1, 3, 4, 10, 12, 13

Community

Visit a recycling facility

Students visit a recycling centre to see first-hand how recycling takes place.

Recommended time: 1/2 day.
Subjects: SESE, Maths, Oral language.
SDGs: 9, 11, 12

Visit a second-hand shop

Visit a second-hand shop to understand how they support re-use.

Recommended time: 2 hours.
Subjects: SPHE, SESE.
SDGs: 11, 12, 13

Visit a source of renewable energy

Students learn where their energy comes from by visiting a wind or solar farm, or hearing a presentation from an energy expert.

Recommended time: 2 hours.
Subjects: SESE Science.
SDGs: 7, 11, 12

Human rights and dignity

How does climate change threaten people's ability to live a good life?

Classroom

Conflicting rights

Children role play a conflict between indigenous land rights and sustainable development.

Recommended time: 40 mins.
Subjects: SPHE, SESE, Oral language.
SDGs: 2, 7, 10, 15

Inequality

Children experience inequality and reflect on the experience.

Recommended time: 30 minutes.
Subjects: SPHE, SESE: Geography, Oral language.
SDGs: 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 10, 12

The right to a healthy environment

Children identify the enjoyment of a healthy environment as a basic human right.

Recommended time: 40 minutes.
Subjects: SPHE, SESE: Geography and science, Oral language.
SDGs: 3, 9, 11, 14, 15

Human rights

Students collectively define the concept of human rights.

Recommended time: 40 mins. (or 2 x 20 mins).
Subjects: SPHE, Oral language.
SDGs: All

School

A Human Rights School

Students survey their schoolmates to understand how human rights are enacted at school.

Recommended time: 1 day.
Subjects: SPHE, Oral language, maths.
SDGs: All

Climate justice

How can we take action on climate change for a fairer world?

Classroom

Climate feelings

Children use prompts to describe their feelings when they hear about the climate emergency.

Recommended time: 40 mins.
Subjects: SPHE, SESE: Geography and Science, Oral language.
SDGs: 13, 14, 15

Moving debate

Students debate ideas related to climate justice by moving to agree or disagree with statements.

Recommended time: 30 mins.
Subjects: SPHE, SESE, Oral language.
SDGs: 5, 10, 16

Privilege game

Students build an understanding of the concept of ‘justice’ by reflecting on examples of injustice at a personal, local, national and global level.

Recommended time: 40 mins.
Subjects: SPHE, SESE.
SDGs: 5, 10, 16

Two truths and a lie

Children will understand how communities in different contexts are impacted differently by climate change and identify the reasons for this.

Recommended time: 40 mins.
Subjects: SPHE, SESE.
SDGs: All

School

Intergenerational justice

Children will communicate their hopes and wishes for a better, fairer future for their descendants.

Recommended time: 30 mins + writing time.
Subjects: SPHE, SESE Science and geography, Language (reading), written language.
SDGs: 13, 14, 15

School Clean Air campaign

Students plan and carry out a no-idling campaign outside the school.

Recommended time: 2 weeks.
Subjects: SPHE, SESE Science and geography, Maths, Language (Oral & written).
SDGs: 3, 11, 13

Community

Write to a politician

Students speak or write to a politician about climate action.

Recommended time: 1 - 2 weeks.
Subjects: SPHE, SESE, Language (written).
SDGs: All

I am part of the world

How are we connected to nature, the people around us, and the wider world?

Classroom

Part of a community

Students chart the communities they belong to by drawing circles centred on themselves.

Recommended time: 40 mins.
Subjects: SPHE, Oral language.
SDGs: 11, 16, 17

Part of an environment

Identify ways in which we influence and are influenced by the ecosystems around us by looking for clues in nature, the city or a park.

Recommended time: 1 hour.
Subjects: SPHE, Geography.
SDGs: 13, 14, 15, 16

Web of life

Explore the interdependence of plant and animal species by building a web.

Recommended time: 30 minutes.
Subjects: Science, Geography, Oral language.
SDGs: 15

World of news

Children discuss news articles from a global and local perspective.

Recommended time: 1 hour.
Subjects: Geography, Written language, Oral language.
SDGs: 11, 16, 17

School

A school garden

Students set up or work in their school garden.

Recommended time: All school year.
Subjects: SESE, Maths, CSPE.
SDGs: 2, 3, 4, 11, 13, 15

Create your own newspaper

Create a newspaper with content relevant to their school, including global and local themes.

Recommended time: 2-3 weeks.
Subjects: IE: Written language.
SDGs: 4, 10

Local mural

Make a mural or other type of visual arts piece inspired by the local environment or social justice issue.

Recommended time: 1 day.
Subjects: SPHE, Geography, art.
SDGs: 13, 14, 15, 16

Community

Connect with a journalist

Students meet with a journalist to cover specific or diverse topics to connect classroom learning goals with current events.

Recommended time: 2 hours.
Subjects: Oral language, SPHE.
SDGs: 11, 16, others

E-Twinning for Action!

Connect with another school in Europe for a joint action project.

Recommended time: All school year.
Subjects: Depends on project.
SDGs: All