My impact on the environment

Widcombe Infant School, Friday, 08 October 2021
10 Explorer KS1

What you did

With the imminent arrival of COP26, we encouraged the children over the half term holiday to think about the impact they had as individuals on the environment. We uploaded a YouTube video for the children to watch with their parents and then encouraged then to participate in the Energy Sparks Carbon footprint activity. Many of the children enthusiastically took part. Here are a few of their efforts......

Activity description

You will need:
  • sugar paper
  • pencils
  • scissors

The concept of a carbon footprint may be too abstract for younger children.  For this activity you can think about your environmental impact instead - so suggestions do not need to be limited to carbon-emitting ones. 

Support pupils to draw around  their feet on a piece on sugar paper.  They may find this easier drawing around a partners foot, or their shoe or you could also use a template for them to cut out.

One one side of the footprint, draw the things they do that have a harmful impact on the environment.

On the other draw the things they can do to look after the environment.

Hang these from the ceiling or display in the classroom so that children can be reminded of the good environmental choices they can make.

Follow on activity
You could follow this activity with Understand how our carbon emissions cause the Greenhouse Effect and Climate change which focuses more on the carbon part of the carbon footprint.

Energy Sparks supports Widcombe Infant School in partnership with Bath and NE Somerset Council and Schools Climate Network