FSC Friday has been celebrated by schools across the UK and the world since it began in 2008.
There are many ways in which you can get involved in our global celebration of responsible forestry - we have lots of ideas here and we encourage you to also come up with your own! We can support your event with resources such as posters, bookmarks, pencils and stickers. We also have a range of educational resources such as lesson plans.
See below for examples of how FSC Friday has been celebrated by schools over the years.
Please get in touch if you would like any further information. Just email fscfriday at fsc-uk point org.
“We kick started our going for the Green Flag Eco School adventure by raising awareness of the work of FSC through inviting all the pupils to wear green for the day. As an added bonus the teachers had to wear the school uniform! We also had a special assembly to help promote the understanding of the work that FSC do and a special mission to look out for the FSC logo.” - Lindsay Given, Donemana Primary School.
“We had prizes for the best drawings of woods, trees, woodland creatures etc. that fitted with the sustainability theme. On the Friday the children bought in their pictures and showed them in assembly. They were judged by two year 6 pupils who took the job very seriously!” - Kora Shone, Woolhampton School
“Every student wrote two postcards to members of staff within the school, asking them to buy FSC products.”. - Sarah Glyn-Woods, John of Gaunt School.
“Even two months later the pupils are still coming to me to show products with the FSC logo that they have found. I am very proud that they have taken the message to heart in helping to save our environment - one little step at a time.” - Lindsay Given, Donemana Primary School.
“We asked the P4s what they would like to do to celebrate their local woods. Out of their ideas we took the most popular. We had an art competition with FSC T shirts as prizes, then went to the woods and made clay woodland animals, made mini dens for the animals then sang a song about rainforests. Our topic is Rainforests but we are focusing more on our local woods and comparing them with rainforests.” - Judy Duncan, Kingswell Primary School
“We had an all-day forest school event, identifying trees, berries and talking about animals that live within the woodland environment. The children came in fancy dress - some as trees and others as woodland animals. - Trevor Brayley, Umberleigh Primary School.
© FSC RussiaIn 2011 and 2012 we linked a UK school with a Russian school and they exchanged letters and photographs about their FSC Friday activities.
“Writing to children in Tver, Russia, has been very motivating for the class. After we exchanged letters about the forests, we then wrote about our cities. This is an ongoing project with the children whereby they are continuing to write after the holidays. The Russian children who wrote first inspired others in their school to write too - so we extended the project to our P6 classes. We now have over 90 pupils writing to Russian pen friends with some corresponding by email too. This project covers 5 of the 7 principles of Curriculum for Excellence in Scotland.”- Judy Duncan, Kingswells Primary School
“Bringing awareness of FSC has already been incorporated into my Year 7 Geography Scheme of work on natural resources and sustainable development.” - Debra Grogan, teacher.
FSC UK educational resources can be found here.
Pupils at Tomintoul Primary School used a tree from a local Crown Estate forest to create benches and flower tubs:
“Using a real tree to make things we need for the school really ‘brought it home’ to the pupils that as consumers, we have a responsibility to choose products that we know come from well-managed forests, ones that are managed in a way that will benefit future generations. - Jonathon Marshall, Primary 6/7 teacher.
Many schools have worked with local businesses to plant trees:
The children were very keen to look for the logo on timber products in future. - Ellie Brown, teacher.