ENVIRONMENTALITY is an ‘awareness of environmental issues and sense of responsibility to the natural world.’
We like the word because it suggests that one thinks about the environment and as a school looking towards our green agenda, it fits what we are all about.
The Environmental Curriculum
Environmental education helps to foster caring, responsible attitudes and inspires young people to take action in order to live more sustainably. It can also develop their sense of identity and pride in their local environment and community. It not only covers the natural world and ‘green’ issues, but also the ‘built’ environment.
There are three interrelated components of environmental education:
– Education IN the environment
Using children’s immediate surroundings and the wider world as a learning resource. This can be thought of as the ‘hands-on’ element
– Education ABOUT the environment
Developing knowledge and understanding about the environment should begin with an awareness of the local environment and then extend to an understanding of global environmental issues.
– Education FOR the environment
The development of positive attitudes and behaviours towards the environment. This can only be effective if the other two elements are in place.