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2020 Roadshows....School Roadshows around the UK

...........updated content on plastic pollution and climate action, to include lots of interesting facts and info on the huge impact that plastic pollution is having on the marine environment, and the climate emergency that Planet Earth is facing.  Understand the science, and know the reality, and the next step becomes more obvious.  The roadshow points the way to reducing human impact on our Planet, with simple demonstrations, engaging activities, lots of light-bulb moments for pupils and teachers alike, and remember, Knowledge is Everything.  Be inspired and become part of the sustainable future that we all need to work towards.

See the main School Roadshow page for previous history and output, and some development news on the current School Roadshows offered.

Also see previous photoalbums on 2019 School Roadshow tour of Shetland Isles, 2018 School in Devon and Farmwise Schools event, and other previous photoalbums

From 2020 onwards, the Whale Workshop will build a UK tour of its School Roadshow offering, which is

  • Pop-up Dolphins Roadshow focusing on the effect of marine plastic pollution on our Marine Wildlife, and how we can reduce our impact on the marine environment
  • Climate Action Roadshow focusing on the urgent need to change our lifestyles to reduce consumption, lessen our carbon footprint, and create a sustainable future

The two are intrinsically linked, and a mix of content can be offered to give the right balance to suit the school's requirements. In a single day at a typical 6 year entry school, it is not possible to cover every single relevant issue, so content will be adjusted for the age group present in the audience and to suit the teachers subject requests, to tick as many boxes as possible for them and the pupils.

Each roadshow will be presented as a series of assembly style presentations to two year groups at a time, in the school hall or gymnasium, so every pupil gets a fun and engaging learning experience.

A typical timetable might be

(adjusted as required to suit individual school timetable, need to set up for breakfast club, school dinner, etc )

yrs 1 & 2  0930 - 1030 :  yrs 3 &4  1045 - 1145 : yrs 5 & 6 1330 - 1430:

with early years given a "look around"  before the afternoon session if possible.  Then everyone is included!

Roadshow will arrive at 0800 to unload and set up, hopefully this is done by 0930 for the first presentation.

Each School visited will be programmed into a week of school roadshows in that area, city, etc.  A single school visit is not  sustainable logistic wise, there must be 5 schools filling a week in that area, with a public roadshow at the weekend if that is required. This 5 or 6 day roadshow week worked perfectly for previous tours of UK and elsewhere, and it is how to make it all work logistically, cost-effectively, and sustainably.

Another way to provide the Roadshow learning experience to schools is to offer presentations at a Schools Event, at a single location, with individual school groups being bussed in, either on a single day or over several consequtive days. This has been done very successfully all over the world since we started providing the roadshow, but it does need logistic input from the schools to get their pupils to the single roadshow location.

The Roadshow can be tailored to suit Science Weeks, or a special themed School Project, or to focus on an innovative local project, or whatever else needs enhancing.  It is flexible, within a framework that we know works, it is tried and tested, and the problem with all presentations is not what to put in, but what to leave out. There is never enough time in a typical school roadshow day!

We will add pictures throughout the year, to illustrate the many different aspects, the activities, and the different ways to reach the school audience, plus we will quote teacher and pupil feedback as we get it.

feedback :-   A HUGE thank you for your passion and inspiration delivering the workshop was so interesting and we all really enjoyed it....and same teacher said on the day " amazed by how well they sat, they were enthralled!"

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In the school gym, creatures on the left, 70 pupils on chairs and gym benches on the right, and activities in the middle. A typical arrangement.
At this Roadshow, the gym was vast, the project was the Blue Abyss, so we had lots of creatures. At most schools there will be less creatures, but enough!
A mass stranding exercise, with these pupils learning how to attend to a stranded whale. They will never forget this moment.
The ever popular Litter Picking Challange, to see which pair is the fastest in the school. Here the deputy head and a pupil team up !
Everyone part of the action, pupil as timekeeper too!
The blindfolded "dolphin"pupil tries to catch the "squeeky fish" pupil...great fun to watch too
Picture in front of the whale , with the Emperor Penguin, whose melting breeding ground in Antarctica brings climate change into sharp focus
A Schools Event in Devon, with the roadshow as part of the Environment Zone. Hundreds of pupils and teachers getting a taste of the many different activities
..and those that visited Pop-up Dolphins had fun examining some beach finds, made a pledge to help the planet, and did some beach litter picking
Pop-up dolphins has a "cute" 3m x 3m pop up tent
School groups start by exploring the beach finds table, then make pledges to help the planet, then finish with the Beach Litter Picking Challenge
Lots to discover on the beach finds table, with ID charts, seashells and more, plus simple messages on the banners
Lots of Elephant Box ideas for living sustainably, its the future!
The Flip chart pledge board, full of school pledges
Pop-up Dolphins at a schools event, eyecatching, uniquely different, a "Dolphins-eye" perspective on what we need to do to mend our planet