Finite Planet, Finite Resources

Finite Planet, Finite Resources: tackle excessive waste with lesson plans for protecting the planet.

These finite resources lesson planning packs for KS1 and KS2 include slides, activities and resources all about repairing, reusing and recycling – and how our planet cannot sustain the 'throw-away society' we live in today.

These finite planet 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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  • Where Does This Come From?

    Where Does This Come From?

    Year 1

    Year 2


    This 'Where Does This Come From?' scheme of work for Year 1 and 2 begins by encouraging your class to think about whether they are using resources responsibly or wastefully. They will then explore where paper comes from and how it is made, before lea... Read More


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  • Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

    Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

    Year 3

    Year 4


    Use this three-lesson Year 3/4 ESR scheme of work to explore each word in the phrase: reduce, reuse, recycle. Teach your class the reasons why recycling is important and how they can begin to reduce the non-recycleable waste they produce. They hel... Read More


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  • Circular Economies

    Circular Economies

    Year 5

    Year 6


    Teach your class about the environmental and societal benefits that a circular economy can have for humans in this three-lesson scheme. As part of the ‘Finite Planet’ theme, your class will learn about the precious resources that we are taking fr... Read More


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