KS2 ESR

Education for Social Responsibility in Key Stage 2: preparing children for the world they will inherit.

Our Education for Social Responsibility (ESR) curriculum for KS2 builds on children's growing understanding of the world around them and addresses many issues which concern children at this age. Schemes of work include learning about climate change, the finite resources we all rely upon for the production of goods and energy, the harm caused by mass consumption of cheap goods made with cheap labour, what we can do to make the world a better place, and how we can all live kinder, happier, healthier lives.

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  • What is Fair Trade?

    What is Fair Trade?

    Year 3

    Year 4

    KS2

    This three-lesson scheme of work continues the theme of ethical trading by teaching children about fair trade and its importance to farmers and workers in developing countries. Children will find out what fair trade is in contrast to the ways in whic... Read More

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  • What is Biodiversity?

    What is Biodiversity?

    Year 3

    Year 4

    KS2

    This ESR scheme of work for Y3/4 begins by exploring just what biodiversity is and why it is important, through the example of the coral reef ecosystem. Children then find out about the biodiversity of the rainforests, and how this ecosystem is under... Read More

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  • Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

    Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

    Year 3

    Year 4

    KS2

    Use this three-lesson Year 3/4 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 help each... Read More

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  • What is Happiness?

    What is Happiness?

    Year 3

    Year 4

    KS2

    Challenge your children to define what happiness is and identify the things in their lives that make them happy with this ‘What is Happiness?’ scheme of work for Year 3/4. With plenty of thought-provoking questions, your children will consider th... Read More

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  • Saving Water

    Saving Water

    Year 3

    Year 4

    KS2

    Teach and learn about the importance of saving the finite resource of water in this three-lesson scheme of work for Year 3 and 4. Discover the virtual uses of water that can increase our water footprint and learn about situations of water scarcity. C... Read More

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  • I Speak for the Trees

    I Speak for the Trees

    Year 3

    Year 4

    KS2

    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 slide... Read More

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  • Know Better, Do Better

    Know Better, Do Better

    Year 3

    Year 4

    KS2

    Empower children to use their voices in the fight against climate change in this ‘Know Better, Do Better’ ESR scheme of work for Year 3/4. Children will explore what climate change is and what is causing it, before looking at some different ways... Read More

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  • Circular Economies

    Circular Economies

    Year 5

    Year 6

    KS2

    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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  • Water In Our World

    Water In Our World

    Year 5

    Year 6

    KS2

    What are some of the ethical and environmental problems associated with the bottled water industry? What are the alternatives to using bottled water? These questions are posed in the first of three lessons, where children will learn more about some o... Read More

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  • What is Wealth?

    What is Wealth?

    Year 5

    Year 6

    KS2

    Challenge your class to examine the concept of wealth, and how money and possessions should not be the only indicators of a successful, fulfilled life in this ‘What is Wealth?’ Scheme of work for Year 5/6. Children will first learn about alternat... Read More

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  • What the Ocean Gives Us

    What the Ocean Gives Us

    Year 5

    Year 6

    KS2

    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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  • People and Planet

    People and Planet

    Year 5

    Year 6

    KS2

    What is climate change, and how is human activity causing it? These lessons begin to delve into this complex topic, including straightforward information about some of the effects of climate change, the evidence proving that human activity is to blam... Read More

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