Our Environment

Why do we need nature in our cities, towns and schools?

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Sustainability and our future Wellbeing and resilience


Lesson plan


30 minutes

This lesson plan for pupils aged 7–11 explores our environment and considers what nature needs to thrive. The lesson begins by discussing how nature makes a difference to our lives, from the way in which trees, grass and plants prevent flooding to the benefits of wildflowers in urban environments. Pupils can then make a ‘wildflower seed bomb’ to help diversify gardens and green spaces.

This is one of three lesson plans inspired by the themes of PoliNations: biodiversity, diversity and our environment. Each plan contains information about the given theme, discussion questions and a creative activity. The free downloadable 34-page PDF contains all three lessons, which can be delivered individually or as a group – on the PDF, refer to the introduction on pages 1–8 and the Our Environment lesson plan on pages 23–26.

Lesson plan

Curriculum links

Science: Plants (Y3)
Key Stage: KS2

Northern Ireland:
The World Around Us
Personal Development and Mutual Understanding
Key Stage: KS2

Sciences: Planet Earth
Level: First Level, Second Level

Science and Technology: The World Around Us
Progression Step: PS3