Tree Power is an educational initiative led by International Tree Foundation (ITF). ITF works with communities in Africa and the UK to carry out sustainable community forestry projects which protect, regenerate and cultivate trees and forests to conserve habitats rich in biodiversity and to enhance human and environmental wellbeing. ITF’s vision is of a world where young people understand, value and act to sustain the vital role of trees and forests in supporting life on Earth.
This Tree Power Teachers’ Resource Pack provides Key Stage 2 (ages 7-11) teachers with eight interlinked sessions to deliver with their class. There are a range of classroom activities with specific curriculum links (primarily English/literacy, Geography, Science and Citizenship). The pack combines the two educational strands of development education (global learning) and outdoor education, to enable children to become both (informed) Tree Explorers
and (active) Tree Guardians
- The Tree Explorers lessons focus on furthering children’s knowledge of trees and forests and the causes and effects of deforestation.
- The Tree Guardians section provides an insight into the lives of inspirational people who have worked to protect trees and forests and support communities that are reliant on them. It also provides opportunities for reflection on how our lives are linked to global deforestation.
ITF hope that the pack can be used to create an impact on the school’s ‘forest footprint’ by inspiring staff, learners and governors to take action to reduce the use of unsustainably produced wood, paper, palm oil and other products.
The resource is downloadable free from the ITF website, although registration is required first.
Environment and Sustainability, Globalisation and Interdependence
KS2: ages 7-11
Art and design, Citizenship, English / literacy, Geography, Maths / numeracy, Philosophy / P4C / Critical thinking, Science