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The ‘Changing Climates’ curriculum

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A fully supported climate-crisis curriculum to empower the climate strike generation.

These lessons from ThoughtBox introduce the cause & effect of climate change, exploring some of the science and relating it to local contexts. Students will understand the impact of climate change on human and non-human communities and engage with the values and emotions that we are all experiencing, helping to inspire positive actions and empowerment moving forward.

Students will practise skills of critical thinking & questioning, deep listening, empathy building and thinking in systems (understanding how things connect) by engaging in a wide range of learning stimulus, discussion ideas and creative exercises. 

The curriculum covers:

  • LESSON 1 | IMMERSE | Our Changing Climate Engaging with some of the realities of climate change, introducing the science and exploring ‘Deep Time’
  • LESSON 2 | UNDERSTAND | Cause and Effect Exploring cause & effect of climate change and understanding the influence of human activities.
  • LESSON 3 | PERSPECTIVES | The Ripple Effects Empathising with the impact of climate change in different communities, contexts and environments.
  • LESSON 4 | EMPOWER | Be the Change Connecting with global changemakers and exploring emotional responses to climate change, learning to move from anxiety to empowerment.


Below, we have included the full Changing Climates curriculum for one age group (ages 9-11) as a taster. 

To download the full curriculum for the other age groups, simply sign up as a free member on the ThoughtBox website:

There are versions available for each of the following ages: 5-7,  7-9,  9-11,  11-13,  13-15,  15-18.


Compassionate Values, Environment and Sustainability, Globalisation and Interdependence

Age Ranges

Early Years: ages 3-5, KS1: ages 5-7, KS2: ages 7-11, KS3: ages 11-14, KS4: ages 14-16, KS5: ages 16+


Citizenship, Geography, Geography: maps / atlases, Philosophy / P4C / Critical thinking, Politics, PSHE / PSE / PSED, Spiritual, moral, social, cultural (SMSC)

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