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Spring into Sustainability

Learning Objectives

Most pupils will:

  • Understand that humans are having an effect on the natural environment
  • Gain knowledge on how to minimise their impact on the environment
  • Understand that food comes from other countries far away
  • Dig up “landfill rubbish” to see how long it takes things to disappear / rot
  • Create environmental art pieces based around the story of “Zogg”
  • Develop imaginative ideas

Some pupils will:

  • Be able to understand the term sustainability
  • Develop appreciation of the environment and personal responsibility for its conservation
  • Understand the need to Reduce, Repair, Recycle


On arrival a member of OEE Team will welcome your group to the Centre and describe the day’s programme, learning objectives, and the health and safety issues.

½ Day Course Programme

Classes will then separate and sessions A and B will be interchangeable am and pm with session A generally led by the centre teacher

Session A

Best led by Centre teacher

  • Question: Where does our food come from? (5 mins)
  • Food Miles activity: picture based orienteering course around the Hall grounds (40 mins)
  • Discuss findings/ walk to Victorian garden(10mins)
  • Landfill activity: Victorian garden grounds (15 mins)
  • Pot maker activity: Victorian garden (15 mins)
  • Clear up ready for pm group (10min)

Session B

Led by visiting staff

  • Classroom: Read “Zogg” book to group (10 mins)
  • Question: What do you think is beautiful about our planet? (5 mins)
  • Introduce artist palette to group collect all the beautiful colours on their environmental walk around the Hall and Gardens (30 mins)
  • Just like Zogg had things recycled from planet earth on his planet how can we recycle things? (5 mins)
  • Introduce Eco bird/ eco animal made form a recycled carrier bag and recycled newspaper (5 mins)
  • Make Eco bird/animal from resources supplied (30 mins or time remaining)


Instead of eco bird make their own Zogg from clay


Mini beasting to show the variety of animals that habitat our planet

Please refer to the Art in the Environment activity plan for more details on curriculum links to artist palette/clay work.


Back at the Centre the group will reflect on their day and consider how well the learning objectives have been met.

Safety Considerations

Weather Conditions and clothing

Some outdoor clothing and footwear is available at the Centre but please ensure that children are dressed warmly and have suitable waterproof outerwear. Activities will take place in all but the most severe weather conditions. The centre teacher will contact the group leader if conditions are unsafe for the visit to continue.

Equipment supplied

Food mile, landfill, pot makers, craft activity resources, picture orienteering maps, palettes, clay, mini-beasting equipment

Equipment needed from school

Tray/box to take plant pots home, newspaper, plastic bags (animal craft recycling activity)

Other Information

The actual programme may vary depending on the number and needs of pupils, length of visit and weather conditions.