Environmental Issues - KS1

Lessons to help KS1 children explore the importance of caring for animals and our environment. What is the impact of litter on wildlife? What things do humans (and other animals) really need and what things in our environment are non-essential? How can we make our environment better so that it meets the needs of everyone in our community? Includes the lessons: Expedition to Planet Blueball; Litter: The Picnic; Caring for Pets; Go-Givers Park; Essential, Desirable, Non-essential; Saving Energy.

Only £18.75 including the following lessons:

Expedition to Planet Blueball

This lesson explores the issues of pollution of our planet and sustainable power. It is based around an animated story, involving the Go-Givers characters, in which creatures from a friendly planet are invited to help clean up Earth. 
 

Cross-curricular links: literacy, science, design  technology, art and design
 

Learning Activities:

  • Making ‘space creature’ masks
  • Discussing how people might react to strange creatures from outer space. Drama activity to build skills in empathy
  • Researching animals in danger of extinction 
  • Finding out about pollution and sustainable power sources
  • Conducting an experiment to oxygenate water

Litter: The Picnic

This lesson is based around an animated story in which the Go-Givers character Digby gets separated from his friends, falls into a stream and gets trapped in a bottle!  The story helps younger children learn about the danger litter can pose to wildlife. The simple language, animation and sound effects make this lesson suitable for Reception and Year 1 upwards.
 

Cross-curricular links: science
 

Learning Activities:

  • Learning the Countryside Code
  • Experiment to find out how different materials decay and which are biodegradable
  • Doing a litter survey in the school grounds
  • Organising a Teddy Bears Picnic


'My children loved it and said they would love to read it again another time'

'What a charming resource! Will use this with my KS2 pupils as well.'

 

Caring for Pets

This lesson is based around a simple story exploring our responsibility to provide proper care for our pets.
 

Cross-curricular links: spoken language, data-handling
 

Learning Activities:

  • Class pet survey, creating a bar chart to record the pets kept by families of children in the class
  • Children match pictures portraying needs that humans and pets share. Which pet needs do the children have responsibility for?
  • Looking at how we should treat our pets
  • Looking at the everyday objects around the home that could be dangerous to pets
  • Role play to develop empathy. Discussing ways in which pets can be good or bad neighbours

Go Givers Park

This lesson involves creating a park with areas and activities for the Go-Givers characters, and their families, to enjoy. The PowerPoint gives some facts about each character’s family, their likes and dislikes and other information. The children then put themselves into each character’s shoes to think about their different needs.
 

Cross-curricular links: geography
 

Learning Activities:

  • Designing the park considering which equipment or activities should go where and which characters would benefit
  • Peer evaluation of park designs

Essential, Desirable, Non-essential

NB// This lesson is based around an interactive tool available in Nifty Gear that can be accessed with an individual or school subscription. 
 

An exercise to encourage children to prioritise what is really important and think about how some children across the world do not have the things we consider to be essential.
 

Learning Activities:

  • Answering questions about needs and wants, and the needs of all children around the world
  • Using the drag and drop interactive whiteboard tool in Nifty Gear to categorise different items as either essential, desirable or non-essential and discussing reasons for the choices made.  

Saving Energy

This lesson focuses on the effects of global warming  on the environment, and the ways in which individuals can make small changes that together make a big difference. 

Cross-curricular links: Science

Learning Activities:

  • Experimenting to see which materials make the best insulators
  • Experimenting to see how long a kettle takes to boil
  • Building a switch 
  • Carrying out a survey of the school to identify where energy savings can be made 

 

Go Givers Playground (free lesson)

This lesson involves creating a playground with areas and activities for the Go-Givers characters, and their families, to enjoy. The PowerPoint gives some facts about each character’s family, their likes and dislikes and other information. The children then put themselves into each character’s shoes to think about their different needs.
 

Cross-curricular links: geography
 

Learning Activities:
•    Designing the playground considering the overall shape and layout, which equipment or games should go where, and which characters would benefit
•    Peer evaluation of playground designs

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