The Earth Warriors Curriculum

Ready-to-use lesson plans on climate change & sustainability

The importance of starting young

Build lifelong sustainable habits

Starting young allows children to build lifelong sustainable habits that come as naturally to them as brushing their teeth.

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Normalise talking about climate change

Introducing climate change at an early age makes it a normal topic to talk about rather than a source of anxiety.

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Set the foundation for green career skillsets

Climate education from early years gives children the foundational knowledge needed to pursue green careers and take climate action.

Ensure climate justice

The youngest children will be the most impacted by climate change despite having contributed the least to it. They need to be prepared to face the climate challenges ahead.

Instill confidence

By getting appropriate knowledge, they can understand that individual actions can make a difference.

Our approach

The Earth Warriors early childhood curriculum is the 1st in the world that is aligned to age-appropriate learning standards and is based on the latest pedagogical research for this age-group. The Earth Warriors approach empowers children to learn about climate change without causing any feelings of stress or anxiety.

Child-centred

The curriculum encourages students to lead learning and explore their own interests.

Play-based

Students learn about critical issues using play with the help of songs and characters.

Linked to early childhood foundational standards

Reinforces foundational skills and development milestones.

Fits into the existing nursery schedules

Lessons start with a mini lesson and end with a reflection that can slot into circle time. There are two activities per lesson that can slot into free play time, centre or station time.

What you get in our early childhood curriculum

8 bite sized modules

Our Early Childhood Curriculum has activities and teaching resources for the following modules. 

Module 1: Introduction to Earth Warriors: 

  • Students will learn key concepts about our home planet Earth and the importance of nature
  • Students will start to understand their role as “Earth Warriors” in taking care of our home, planet Earth

Module 2 What is climate change?:

  • Students will learn about weather, climate and how the Earth has changed in recent history. They will be introduced to concepts such as air, the atmosphere, greenhouse gases and climate change in an age-appropriate and positive way

Module 3 What is pollution?:

  • Students begin to understand the concept of pollution and how it affects air, water and land
  • Get students thinking about solutions to the pollution problem 

Module 4 What is waste?: 

  • Beginning to understand what waste is and how it is created
  • Begin to learn what happens to waste and how it can be treated

Module 5 Gifts for Mother Earth:

  • Making students understand that waste isn’t waste until we make it so
  • Introduce students to ways in which they can reuse plastic and other items around the house instead of buying new things

Module 6 Introduction to upcycling:

  • Introducing students to the 3 Rs; Reducing, Reusing, Recycling
  • Students begin to understand that their actions can help Mother Earth

Module 7 Food waste and Composting:

  • To make children understand the concept of food waste and how it can be easily avoided
  • To introduce them to how food waste can be converted into a useful material like compost

Module 8 Plastic Waste: 

  • Children will begin to understand what plastic and single-use plastic is
  • Children will begin to understand the problems caused by plastic waste
  • Children will begin to understand how single-use plastic can be reused instead of being wasted

Standard Features of our Curriculum

Connected To The Real World

Let students work on a sustainability issue in their community.

Positive, Empowering Approach

As students complete each module, they earn a badge as an achievement.

Aligned with UK learning standards

Our nursery curriculum is aligned to UK Early Years Foundational Standards (EYFS) and our primary curriculum to UK Key Stage 1 & 2 learning standards.

In addition to climate change and sustainability we tick off many other areas of learning too; including:

Literacy:
If the lesson has this graphic, it is connected to early literacy and language standards, such as phonemic awareness, phonics and early reading. Now the children can learn the ABC of environmental issues with the help of phonics, where A is Atmosphere, B is Bio- Diversity and C is climate.

Numeracy:
If the lesson has this graphic, it is connected to early numeracy standards such as counting fluency, and number recognition and order.
Science:
If a lesson has this graphic, it is connected to foundational science learning standards.

Social- emotional Leaning:
If a lesson has this graphic, it is connected to social emotional learning standards. Where the children can develop self-awareness, self-control, and interpersonal skills that are vital for school, work, and life success.

Motor- Skill Development:
If a lesson has this graphic, it is connected to fine motor skills that involve hands and fingers to control smaller objects, and gross motor skill development that involve the coordination of larger muscles in the body to make larger movements; giving pupils an overall sense of development.

Geography:
If a lesson has this graphic, it is connected to other regions and countries around the world.

Technology:
If a lesson has this graphic, it uses technology as a tool.

Our curriculum is designed to be complementary and will reinforce learning goals for other subjects as well.

Our approach

Our curriculum is customised for each age group and learning is progressive.

We promote the three pillars of diversity, equity and inclusion throughout our curriculum.

We wants students to feel like they can make a difference as Earth Warriors.

The students can build early advocacy skills needed to tackle earth’s challenges.

The primary curriculum helps the students to connect what they learn to the wider system.

What you get in our Primary Curriculum

The Earth Warriors Primary Curriculum has the following subject specific modules that are updated every year.

Module 1:
We Are Earth Warriors
focuses on the feelings, mindsets and behaviours needed to become an Earth Warrior to inspire and empower students

Module 2:
What is Climate Change
involves a deep dive into the foundational science of climate change in A positive and empowering way

Module 3:
All About Waste is focused on sustainable habits. It teaches children about waste management and the art of reusing & upclyling.

Module 4:
Community Project & Advocacy
is where students & teachers pick a sustainability issue in their school or community and follow our project based framework to solve it

Standard Features of our Curriculum

Connected To The Real World

Let students work on a sustainability issue in their community.

Positive, Empowering Approach

As students complete each module, they earn a badge as an achievement.

Aligned with UK learning standards

Our nursery curriculum is aligned to UK Early Years Foundational Standards (EYFS) and our primary curriculum to UK Key Stage 1 & 2 learning standards.

In addition to climate change and sustainability we tick off many other areas of learning too; including:

Literacy:
If the lesson has this graphic, it is connected to early literacy and language standards, such as phonemic awareness, phonics and early reading. Now the children can learn the ABC of environmental issues with the help of phonics, where A is Atmosphere, B is Bio- Diversity and C is climate.

Numeracy:
If the lesson has this graphic, it is connected to early numeracy standards such as counting fluency, and number recognition and order.
Science:
If a lesson has this graphic, it is connected to foundational science learning standards.

Social- emotional Leaning:
If a lesson has this graphic, it is connected to social emotional learning standards. Where the children can develop self-awareness, self-control, and interpersonal skills that are vital for school, work, and life success.

Motor- Skill Development:
If a lesson has this graphic, it is connected to fine motor skills that involve hands and fingers to control smaller objects, and gross motor skill development that involve the coordination of larger muscles in the body to make larger movements; giving pupils an overall sense of development.

Geography:
If a lesson has this graphic, it is connected to other regions and countries around the world.

Technology:
If a lesson has this graphic, it uses technology as a tool.

Our curriculum is designed to be complementary and will reinforce learning goals for other subjects as well.

What you get when you subscribe to our curriculum

Flexible implementation

Implement lessons based on your school’s time and capacity; either once a week, every day for a term, after school or at your convenience.

Credibility

Our curriculum has been designed by teachers for teachers and been peer reviewed by experts at Harvard & Stanford universities.

Time back

Spend minimal time planning with our ready-to-use lesson plans. We know teachers are already overburdened and our goal is to make your life easier.

Community

Teachers and pupils will access a global community of Earth Warriors teachers and students that will be able to communicate and collaborate with each other.

Teacher support

Our training programme on climate education for teachers. Dedicated support is provided throughout the subscription period.

Tech-Portal

Get access to our easy-to-navigate tech portal which houses all our lesson plans, resources and supporting materials in one place.

Our curriculum is designed to be complementary and will reinforce learning goals for other subjects as well.

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