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January 2021 sustainability bulletin

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Read all about sustainability and outdoor learning resources and news.

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Learn a magic trick!

Bored kids? Looking for an activity to try at home this month? Whether you’re home educating your children or just looking for something to do at home with them over the Christmas Holidays why not have a go at our Metal Matters Home Education Activity.

Students will learn a cool magic trick by balancing a can on its side and do some science while they’re at it!

All our Science of Materials Worksheets show children of all ages how magical our materials are and why we should Reduce, Reuse and Recycle them as much as we can. Our precious resources need to become part of a Circular Economy and be used again and again, rather than constantly making new stuff.

(pdf) Download Home Education Worksheet: Can Balancing

(Word) Download Home Education Worksheet: Can Balancing

Visit our Home Education pages for more Activities suitable for Home Learning.

You can see more of our new Science of Materials: Metals worksheets on our Metals Worksheets pages. A new material will be added every half-term, so watch out for the next ones too!

Net Zero Schools!

To celebrate the launch this week of the Interim Devon Carbon Plan our blog post is all about Net Zero Schools!

Launched at the Youth Climate Summit in November Let’s Go Zero 2030 is aiming to unite schools who are working to become carbon zero by 2030. Ten schools across Devon are already signed up – why not make yours next!

What is a Net Zero School?

A school that, on its site and through all its activities and procurement, does not contribute to climate change through carbon emissions. Schools that sign up at the website Let’s Go Zero 2030 will receive advice in producing actions that will reduce carbon in their schools in some key areas including energy use, travel, waste, water, procurement, food and school grounds.

Join these Devon schools in declaring that the future will be net zero!

Boasley Cross Primary School
Exmouth Community College
North Tawton Primary School
Okehampton Primary School
South Tawton Primary School
Ivybridge Community College
South Molton Primary School
St James C of E Primary School
Okehampton College
Tavistock College
Black Torrington Primary School
Lydford Primary School

If you’re a school in Exeter you can also sign up to the Schools Channel of the Net Zero Journey Slack, run by Exeter City Futures. This enables your school to be part of the discussion around becoming net zero by 2030. Find out more on the Exeter City Futures website.

Watch out on this website for more posts about teaching children about climate change and saving waste and energy in schools.

In the meantime why not email us at if you have any good stories about something your school has done to reduce waste or carbon!

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Halloween Word Scramble

Check out our spooky word scramble for some half term Halloween fun!

DIY Halloween costumes that won’t spook the planet!

Make your own DIY Halloween costumes for a fun half term activity! Check out these ideas on how to make costumes that won’t spook the planet!

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Greener Devon Week

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