Schools
How you can help

Including young people

Not only are young people our future, they are also one of the groups that are most at risk from air pollution. Use our schools resources to inspire young people into action!

Download our primary and secondary school resources below to engage pupils on air quality issues and encourage active citizenship. These materials are freely available for schools and educators to access.

 

Primary school activities

We have piloted the resources so you don’t have to! We ran sessions with over 800 children around Bristol  – and we received lots of positive feedback.

See how much the children enjoyed our activities on our blog.

UWE Bristol kindly supported the creation of our primary school resources (ages 7-11).

Download our primary resources

Introduce the idea of air pollution through the game of Top Trumps or host and assembly.

Test for air pollution and discover how scientists use testing to allow comparison. Check out our lesson in the British Science Week activity pack – we’re on page 19!

Write a letter to your elected officials and have your say!

Become a citizen scientist with our traffic survey.

“The children learnt so much – they particularly enjoyed getting to do a science experiment in a ‘real lab’ and wearing the coats, goggles and gloves. The Top Trumps session was also enjoyed by all. From our point of view, writing and sending the Mayor letters made the learning purposeful and very real for the children.” Teacher

“Great stuff!” Darren Jones MP

Secondary school activities

Inspired by the YouthStrike4Climate, we’ve prepared a KS3 resource for secondary school children to explore carbon emission and air pollution issues and take action locally!

You can find the full lesson plan on Sustainable Learning, and an abridged version is available in the British Science Association’s secondary school pack for British Science Week 2020 – we’re on page 23.

Air Quality Citizen Assembly

 

Teachers toolkit

To accompany our primary and secondary school activities, we have produced a structured letter and poster for you to download. Use the letter to assist children in writing a persuasive letter to their local MP and encourage them to take action on air pollution.

More about the toolkit

Use the poster to spread awareness about the causes, impacts and solutions to air pollution at your school. The poster is available in four languages.

Secondary school competition

Our schools’ competition “My City, My School, My Home” involves young people aged 13-16 in improving their city. It was first piloted in Hungary with great success. Why not run a competition in your school!

Competition Information

How it works

Schools in each of the ClairCity cities and regions can participate in the school competition. Students work in teams, and answer questions about their school, home and city on our own bespoke online platform. To answer the questions, the teams have to research environment and health data from their city and school. The software then uses their answers to build an image of their city or region in the present. In the second part of the activity, the teams can decide on potential measures to change in the future, building a model for clean air and a healthy city by 2030 and 2050.

The best, most sustainable ‘clean air and healthy city’ model created by a team wins the local competition in each city or region.

To find out more and register, use the contact page to get in touch.

This activity builds on the “action competence” approach to environmental education. The goal of the activity is to engage interested children to act towards a better environment, low carbon emissions, healthier cities, health promoting schools and a healthy home environment.