Assemblies and Presentations

Assemblies and Presentations

Earthship Assembly / Presentation

Over a period of four years Green Up Your Act worked with the Low Carbon Trust organising school visits and providing environmental workshops in the award winning Brighton Earthship.

Through interactive presentations, we take pupils on a virtual tour of the building’s impressive range of sustainable technology; including solar panels, a wind turbine, rainwater harvesting, and the eye catching recycled materials used in the fabric of the building itself.

The Power of Trees Assembly / Presentation

Trees play a huge role in storing carbon from the atmosphere, which makes them vital in the fight against climate change.

We need to increase tree cover in the UK to meet targets to cut greenhouse gas emissions. In this presentation, pupils will learn about the environmental benefits of planting trees. As well as understanding that as we return trees to the landscape, we improve our habitats for wildlife; with mammals, insects, birds, and butterflies becoming abundant as nature takes hold.

Food Miles Assembly / Presentation

Food and its relationship with the environment is often overlooked. 

50% of the food we buy is imported to the UK and 1/3 of it never gets eaten. As part of this presentations participants learn how far food travels by tracing the journeys of different varieties of fruit and vegetables.  As a school we discuss together how food is grown, the benefits of fresh food and the responsibility we all have, to reduce the huge amount of wasted food and excess packaging which is produced every day.

Plastic in our ocean Assembly / Presentation

In this assembly on marine litter, we learn at and discuss the use of single use plastic and their alternatives.

Plastic is a part of our daily lives, whether it be a bottle, a straw, or plastic bag, it makes up a large part of the materials we regularly use. When carelessly discarded plastic reaches our seas, it poses a threat to the animals that live there and depend on the oceans for food. To a dolphin, a floating plastic bag looks like a jellyfish and small pieces of floating plastic look like fish to seabirds. Drifting nets entangle birds, fish and mammals, making it difficult to move or eat. As our consumption of plastic mounts, so too does the danger to marine life.

Rainforest Assembly / Presentation

The destruction of the rainforest is one of the largest environmental issues facing mankind. In this assembly we take a look at some of the causes of deforestation.

The presentation starts by listening to the sounds of the rainforest. We quickly discover that rainforests are one of the most diverse ecosystems on the planet. They contain two-thirds of all the world’s plant and wildlife species. For example a single hectare of tropical rainforest may have as many as 200 species of trees. Large areas of rainforest have been cleared to make way for cattle farming and soya bean production. The removal of commercially valuable hardwoods such as teak and mahogany have accounted for most of the lost species.

  • "My son started Eco Club at West Hove Junior School this term. He absolutely loves it and is buzzing with information when he comes home.  We bought strawberry plants and a planter which is now growing on our patio.  Thanks so much for inspiring him to have green fingers!"
  • "Our Eco day was a thoroughly enjoyable day for all the girls at Streatham and Clapham. We were really lucky to have the company Green Up Your Act come in to carry out some fantastic workshops that encouraged the girls to think about the environment, and supply them with ideas on how to live a more eco-friendly lifestyle at home and school. The workshops were educational, hands on and lots of fun! The up-cycled juice cartons were a particular favourite. They were quick and easy to make and certainly sturdy enough to start using at break time for the tuck shop!"
    Kate Webber Streatham and Clapham School for Girls
  • Thank you for the great workshops you did today.  The best thing about it was that the children were really engaged in the activity and gained hands-on experience from the interactive workshops. It was particularly beneficial to the children as we made bug and bird houses for the school’s locality and at the end of the session, we placed the bug and bird houses around the school garden. It was important that the children took ownership of the location of the habitats, by making informed decisions as to the suitability. Each Eco session, throughout the school,  fitted in with the relevant year group topics and enabled me, as a teacher,  to put their learning into context through practical experience.
    Charlotte RodenSustainability Co-ordinator St Scholastica's Catholic Primary
  • "The Green Shoots workshop was excellent! Teaching the children about food, and where it comes from in a fun and interactive way. I’m sure we will all think twice about  food miles. Many thanks we look forward to working with you again."
    Mrs GoodwinOur Lady’s Catholic School
  • "This workshop was well organised and led effectively by Philip. The introduction included assessing children’s prior knowledge of environmental issues with a focus on where energy comes from. The children enjoyed looking at the products made from recycled materials, and they were very engaged in the group discussion about what they were made from.  The activity was explained clearly step by step at an appropriate level for for various ages. Help and advice were provided through the practice sessions. The children were proud of what they produced, the wallets were the talk of the playground. The children will have a permanent reminder of the lesson. As ECO Co-ordinator I feel I can build on this lesson for next year. The day has been fantastic! Thank you so much."
    Louise HampsonECO CO-ordinator – Swan Ridge Primary School
  • "Thank you very much for coming in and working so hard with our young children! They all had a great day and we will do our best to build on the enthusiasm the children have for seasonal food gardening!"
    Sally OverendSt Thomas Primary School
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