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Mind the Gap - free resources

Visit the Mind the Gap website for a great selection of free teaching resources for primary and secondary school teachers.

The resources aim to encourage children to discover, explore and investigate their local environment.

Teachers who have already used the website have given some really positive feedback:

“Excellent activities with great resources.”

“Links well with topics used in school. It’s great to see students being encouraged to look at and engage with their local area.”

“I think this is an amazing resource, thank you very much indeed for preparing it.”

Mind the Gap activities consider local transport, food, consumption, buildings and society issues. Aimed at children aged between 8 and 12, they support many school subjects including science, geography, biology, ICT, mathematics and citizenship.

The project uses five real life scenarios linked to these 5 key themes which help students link real life with sustainability education. The scenarios are broken down into key questions and each of the European partners has created a 'web quest' around their key question. Web quests consist of a series of activities which are available to download from the Mind the Gap website - migaproject.eu. Each web quest has some focus on learning outside the classroom as well as ‘education for sustainability’.

The materials can be downloaded or used online, and quick and easy to use Teacher Notes and Supporting Information help teachers to make the most of them. A teacher recently commented on the resources saying: “They are FAB!”.

Mind the Gap is a consortium of partners, representing 4 EU member states. Each partner is a recognised expert in environmental education with good links to schools and the education sector these include Stichting Veldwerk Nederland (The Netherlands), Magosfa Foundation for Environmental Education and Eco-tourism (Hungary) and Borrowed Nature Association (Bulgaria).

The overall aim of the project is to increase the motivation amongst young people to learn and apply their learning to real-life. To address the need to build skills and behaviours for a sustainable future and embed school learning within the communities they serve.

For many EU members, Education for Sustainability is not a core part of the primary curriculum. Although there is some good practice, most schools focus on environmental knowledge. Mind the Gap aims to bridge the gap between school learning and real-life by embedding learning within contexts that are both familiar and relevant to learners.

Saturday, March 24, 2012