Ecosystems: lesson planning about the importance of our fragile habitats and the things that live in them.

Teach your class all about the structure and components of different types of ecosystems. Consider why it is vital to protect ecosystems for the wellbeing of the planet and all its citizens with these lesson planning packs, packed with ecosystem facts, information, and differentiated activities for children in KS1 and KS2.

These ecosystems mini-schemes of work for Key Stages 1 and 2 are perfect for teaching separately as standalone units of work, but they also form part of our larger Education for Social Responsibility curriculum for the whole school.

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  • Why is Nature Special

    Why is Nature Special

    Year 1

    Year 2


    This ‘Why is Nature Special?’ scheme of work for Year 1/2 begins by encouraging your children to think about nature – what it means to them, and how it makes them feel. They will then explore what nature provides for us, and learn how even a sm... Read More


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  • I Speak for the Trees

    I Speak for the Trees

    Year 3

    Year 4


    Drawing inspiration from The Lorax by Dr. Seuss, these ecosystems lessons explore the causes and effects of deforestation, starting by thinking about the consequences of the actions of the careless 'Once-ler' in the book. Through the included sli... Read More


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  • What the Ocean Gives Us

    What the Ocean Gives Us

    Year 5

    Year 6


    This three-lesson ESR scheme of work helps your class identify different ways the ocean and other ecosystems provide services for us. Children are challenged to discuss the different benefits the environment gives us for free and how important these... Read More


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