WAF has been rescuing, rehabilitating and releasing sick, injured and orphaned wild animals since 1980. We have learned a lot about British wildlife and how best to live alongside it. But our wildlife is struggling. More than half of our wildlife is in decline and the environment is under pressure as never before. Urbanisation, deforestation, pollution, climate change, global warming – we hear about them all the time, but they are huge topics – so huge that, as individuals, we feel completely powerless to help. That’s where iDot comes in.
iDot stands for iDo One Thing. The concept is simple. If enough people do one small action each day to benefit the natural world, the combination of those action will add up to something huge. Those actions don’t have to be huge. An ‘iDot’ can be as small as picking up a discarded tin can so a hedgehog doesn’t get trapped in it or turning off a tap while you clean your teeth to save water.
As teachers, if we know the simple actions we can take to make that difference and then share that knowledge with children, they will grow into adults that understand how to protect the environment.
Think about the number of children in your class; 30 children doing one action each per week for the environment would add up to 1,560 actions for the environment a year. An action a day (and it could be as simple as picking up litter or not using a plastic straw) would be an amazing 10,950 actions!
And, if your whole school did iDot – then imagine the change your school could make.
Let’s think bigger – there are 8.82 million school children in the UK. If every school took part in iDot and just did one action per day, that would be a staggering 32,193,000,000,000 actions to help the environment. Now that’s pupil power!
Our iDot resources are all curriculum linked. Each element can be used independently or can be used together to create a year-long themed project. For younger children, join our characters iSee, iHear, iDo and iPlan in some brilliant activities that really will make a difference!
Remember to upload all of your iDots, to show us what you’ve done and inspire other teachers!
School Wildlife Planner:
Find out what’s in your school grounds. The tracker helps you to find out about the plants and animals in the area around you. Using the tracker and planner, work as a class to identify what there is now, then, once you’ve done the assessment, you can plan what you will do to improve your local environment. Download the tracker and planner here
Every month, a colourful wallchart shows you what’s happening in nature that month. Four characters, I see, I hear, I do and I plan show your class lots of fun activities that support your teaching. Each activity has guidance including web links and background information and you can start the monthly activities at any time in the year. Download our nature planner here – they are best printed on A3
What does a baby badger look like? Where would you find dragonflies in the foodchain? How heavy is a swallow? This set of wildlife cards are great for learning about British wildlife. Either download the cards to print them out in school or order a set from WAF, using the contact form.
* Please note that any images submitted within an iDot post, will be viewed by all schools taking part in the iDot project