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30/03/2020 News

YPTE to release free-to-download home teaching packs in partnership with Total during UK school lockdown

Total has supported the Young People’s Trust for the Environment’s work to encourage children to learn more about the environment since 2006. In 2019, we launched a new partnership with YPTE, providing free Online Lesson Plans for all UK primary school teachers. Since its launch, 77.000 plans have been downloaded, which is enough to reach about 2.3 million children across the UK.

With schools now shut across the UK, it is important that we keep educating our children but we recognise that this is a challenge for parents.

Our contribution is to support the YPTE who will be creating home learning packs for parents instead of lesson plans for teachers. The first pack, on the topic of plants, has been released on 27 March and is available on https://ypte.org.uk/topics/home-learning-packs. These plans will assist parents and teachers who are looking for quality education materials that can be delivered easily at home by people without formal qualifications in education. 

A new home learning pack will be released each week thereafter, until schools re-open. Similar to the lessons plan, these new packs are created in coordination with experts and YPTE’s Education Officer, who has more than 13 years’ experience as a classroom teacher and has already produced quality education packs for home learning.

Each pack will contain key learning materials, along with suggestions for activities that children can do to reinforce their learning.

Ladislas Paszkiewicz, Chair of Total in the UK said, “In these challenging times, we’re happy to work with the YPTE to quickly start producing learning packs for parents to use from home. We hope that it helps families and encourages children to keep exploring science and the environment.”

Peter Littlewood, Director of YPTE said, “We know that the days might be seeming very long now that children are at home all day with their parents.  So we want to provide parents with some ideas for inspiring their kids to think about the natural world - things that the whole family can enjoy doing - that help to restore the link with nature.  We have plans for lots more and there will be a new pack released every Friday until the school closures end.”

Total in the UK is proud to continue its support for this important and successful project.