The UK’s leading holiday brand Thomson has today launched an exciting programme which combines the classroom with one of the world’s most exotic destinations to teach primary school children about living and travelling in a sustainable way.
– ‘Better World Detectives’ teaches pupils the value of sustainable tourism
– Classroom-based project uses technology to virtually whisk pupils off to Costa Rica
– Developed with teachers to support KS2 geography, English and Maths lessons
Designed to complement the Key Stage Two curriculum, the interactive ‘Better World Detectives’ is set in Costa Rica and uses a range of multimedia resources – including video content, Skype calls and WhatsApp messages – alongside traditional worksheets to give pupils an in-depth understanding of sustainable tourism.
[pullquote]**The first 50 teachers to download and deliver the resources will get a £50 Amazon voucher[/pullquote]
The story evolves across six classroom-based experiences, as students follow the story of a group of young explorers journeying through the leafy Central American country. Each lesson addresses a different sustainability topic, to teach pupils the impact of their actions on the environment – and the positive effect tourism can have on the local economy.
As they navigate their way from a struggling fisherwoman, a hotel owner trying to keep his guests happy without disrupting the turtles, and a scuba diver who is upset about the coral reef being damaged, the pupils work towards their goal – to solve the mystery of the missing turtle.
Resources and lesson plans for the innovative project have been created alongside experienced Key Stage Two teachers with cross-curricular links to a number of subject areas including; English, Geography and Maths. This is boosted by the additional FAQs which arm teachers with a wealth of knowledge on sustainability issues.