What is a forest?
How do we use forests?
What is happening to our forests?
Forests of the future
Introduce the idea of a timeline that is setting out actual and / or likely events along a specific timescale. The line should start with the pupil's year of birth and then be marked off in 10 year intervals for 50 years ahead.
Pupils then write on their line what they feel have been the most important, personal events in their lives so far. Next, in pairs, pupils consider what events they think are likely or probable to happen in their lives. These are then recorded on their probable line. Next they should think about what they hope will happen in the future and record that on their preferable line.
Pairs can now form small groups and share the similarities and differences between their ideas. Are pupils generally optimistic or pessimistic about the future? Why?
The class now reflect on the space between the probable and possible futures they have imagined for themselves using the points in the reflection and evaluation in a plenary lead by the teacher.
Encourage them to discuss how creating a sustainable lifestyle in the future will help create the kind of global future they would prefer.