Local Environmental Issue – Topic Resource – Don Trueman & Linzi Robinson
How can we stop our locality from becoming a rubbish dump?
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The Local Environment Issue Topic provides a model for a local study of an increasingly common phenomenon, namely that of abuse, graffiti, and vandalism of neglected open spaces. Virtually every city or town has examples of pieces of ground onto which rubbish is regularly dumped and which can sometimes be magnets for anti-social behaviour. In this project, learners carry out background research; visit, survey and record the site; compile a report for the local authority on the nature of the problem, supported by various graphic and/or multimedia resources. A further challenge is for learners to compile a menu of possible solutions or actions to tackle the problem, test these against local opinion and suggest a preferred option for the council. The model is flexible, so that schools can amend it to suit their specific local situation and features the practise of a wide range of cross-curricular and wider learning skills. NB: This model will only be useful to those schools which have a relevant site somewhere within their catchment or local area, as the site visit and survey is a major feature of the challenge. However, as fly-tipping is an increasingly common problem in the UK, the Local Environment Issue Topic will be relevant to many schools.
Teaching/Learning Resources from Don Trueman Educational These are custom-designed to support enquiry-based learning, which is rich in challenge, engagement and cross-curricular skills. Furthermore, they demonstrate how well-planned topics can link not only across Humanities but also with disciplines and issues from other AoLEs. All the T & L resources published by Don Trueman Educational feature: planning, with guidance notes for teachers; support for learner self-evaluation; detailed notes on how T & L activities naturally link with and support the 4 Purposes, Descriptions of Learning, cross-curricular skills and disciplinary skills. Where relevant, custom-made planning & teaching resources are also provided. These initial 6 resources are the first in a long list of T & L packages planned for publication over the next 12 months, which will cover mainly History, Geography & Social Studies, with links to other AoLEs, such as Science & Technology and Health & Well-Being.