ESR Themes

Education for Social Responsibility, organised by topic.

Our Education for Social Responsibility (ESR) curriculum covers six strands, or themes, of learning about important issues. There are schemes of work in each strand for every year group, ensuring varied and comprehensive learning about these issues which teachers can build upon year after year.

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  • Why is Nature Special

    Why is Nature Special

    Year 1

    Year 2

    KS1

    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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  • Where Does This Come From?

    Where Does This Come From?

    Year 1

    Year 2

    KS1

    This ‘Where Does This Come From?’ scheme of work for Year 1/2 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, be... 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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  • Thanks for Everything

    Thanks for Everything

    Year 1

    Year 2

    KS1

    This three-lesson ESR scheme of work introduces the concept of ethical trading and appreciating the things we have and the people who work hard providing things for us. Children will think about their favourite things and who provided them. They will... Read More

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  • Being Kind to You and Me

    Being Kind to You and Me

    Year 1

    Year 2

    KS1

    This three-lesson ESR scheme of work helps your class identify different ways we can be kind to one another and the effects that this kindness has on other people and ourselves. Children will think about the difference between a kind and an unkind ac... Read More

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  • Where is Water?

    Where is Water?

    Year 1

    Year 2

    KS1

    This ‘Where is Water?’ scheme of work for Year 1/2 begins by encouraging your class to think about where water comes from. They will then explore the different activities in which water is used around the home, before beginning to think about whe... Read More

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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 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Where is Water?: Where our water comes from

    In this first lesson, children begin by thinking about where water can be found. They then learn that over half of the world is covered in water. They explore the differences between seawater, frozen water and freshwater, where they can be found, and... Read More

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  • Fast Fashion

    Fast Fashion

    Year 5

    Year 6

    KS2

    This three-lesson ESR scheme of work continues children’s learning about ethical trade by considering the human and environmental impacts of the fast fashion industry. The children begin by exploring where their clothing is made and who is involved... Read More

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