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Climate Change Superheroes

In this live lesson, we will be developing our working scientifically skills while learning about climate change. We will meet a British farmer tackling climate change and find out what we can do to make a difference.

We’ll be meeting Jess, a dairy farmer and animal science student who is researching new ways of reducing the methane emissions of her cows, or in other words, how much her cows burp!

Then we’ll discover why healthy soil is so important and invite you to get hands on conducting your own investigations into the soil heath in your area.

Finally, we’ll be learning the shocking statistics around food waste and challenging you to get involved in the fight against climate change using everything that you have learned.

Broadcast on Thu 17 Mar 2022
  • 45 mins
  • Ages 7-11
Learning Outcomes
  • Making systematic and careful observations and, where appropriate, taking accurate measurements using standard units, using a range of equipment, including thermometers and data loggers
  • Recording findings using simple scientific language, drawings, labelled diagrams, keys, bar charts, and tables
  • Using results to draw simple conclusions, make predictions for new values, suggest improvements and raise further questions
  • Recognise that soils are made from rocks and organic matter

If you have never joined a live lesson before, see the support centre, where you will find technical and educational support.

Live lessons work best when students have some prior knowledge and have prepared questions. Questions and shout outs can be submitted in advance via the Live Lesson tab in your Encounter Edu profile.

Read our ‘How to generate higher order questions’ guide and give the children some time to generate some questions about cows, earthworms, soil, climate change, food waste etc.

Session outline

1. Introduction (3 mins)
Josh will open the lesson with an introduction to Climate Change Superheroes and introduce our expert speaker, Jess the dairy farmer.

2. Subject knowledge (10 mins)
Josh will then explain the carbon cycle and how climate change is caused. Learners will be invited to vote in our climate change poll. Jess will explain her research into methane reduction and take us on a quick tour of her farm to learn how she looks after her soils.

3. Practical activity (5 mins)
Josh will then demonstrate how to investigate the soil health in your local area after the live lesson.

4. Subject knowledge (7 mins)
Finally, we will review the poll responses and learn all about the impact of food waste. Learners will then be challenged to think of some ideas for reducing their food waste and invited to join the fight against climate change.

5. Q&A and conclusion (15 mins)
Our panel of farming and climate change experts will answer the questions that the children have submitted.

Additional ideas and resources

Country Trust resources for this lesson can be accessed below:

Country Trust NFU Science Farm Live Resources

You can also try this Glorious Mud activity from the University of East Anglia. It is on page 33 of the British Science Week 2022 Primary Pack.



Jennie Divine head shot

Jennie Devine

Education Manager, National Farmers' Union

Joshua Payne Head shot

Josh Payne

Chief Education Manager, National Farmers' Union

Jessica Langton Dairy Farmer

Jess Langton

Dairy Farmer

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