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Spring into Sustainability

Learning Objectives


  • Understand that humans are having an effect on the natural 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


  • Be able to understand that our actions today may effect the future
  • Develop appreciation of the environment and personal responsibility for its conservation
  • Understand the need to Reduce, Repair, Re-use, Recycle
  • Gain knowledge on how to minimise their impact on the environment

Key words/phrases

Food miles, fuel, locally sourced, seasonal, sustainability, landfill, climate change, reduce, recycle, repair


Centre staff will welcome your group and describe the day’s programme, learning objectives, and the health and safety issues. (10 mins)

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: based around the centre grounds picture orienteering course (40 mins)
  • Landfill activity: centre grounds (15 mins)
  • Plant pot activity: centre grounds (15 mins)

Session B

  • Question: What can you recycle? (5 mins)
  • Classroom: Read “Zogg” book to group (10 mins)
  • Walk out to Church Wood (5 mins)
  • Activity: Blindfold Walk to simulate landing and discovery of new planet (10 mins)
  • Activity: Eye in the sky. Taking the perspective of Zogg using mirrors (10 mins)
  • Activity: Environmental Art with a Zogg and sustainability theme. Discussion on materials that can be used (10 mins)
  • In small groups of up to 4 pupils – with adult - create their own pictures of Zogg in the leaf litter. (15 mins)
  • In their groups wander around to look at the other art work (5 mins)
  • Back to the centre. (5 mins)

Please refer to the Art in the Environment activity plan for curriculum links.


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, Zogg book, Zogg, pictures of sustainability issues, blindfolds, mirrors, first aid kit.

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.