John Muir, Earth – Planet, Universe

Discover the fascinating life of John Muir with this stunning novel

Years: 5, 6, All

Duration: 120mins

Curriculum Objectives: 7

Subject: English

Resource Overview

John Muir was born in 1838 in the Scottish port of Dunbar and later emigrated with his family as a child to the USA where he became a founding father of the conservation movement, and devoted his life to safeguarding the world’s landscapes.

At home in the wild, John Muir made countless expeditions amongst mountains,forests and glaciers and has inspired thousands with his writing and passion for wild places. He influenced the creation of Yosemite National Park (one of the first National Parks), was a founding member of the Sierra Club, and campaigned for the protection of areas of North American wildness against commercial enterprises which threatened to destroy their beauty.

This illustrated storybook, produced by the Scottish Book Trust, introduces children to the life of John Muir and provides a wonderful stimulus for imaginative performances and a wealth of discussion opportunities of how the life of one person has influenced the World. To download the story for use in class, support notes, teaching resources and pupil worksheets please visit

Great for year 5/6 English or alternatively as a series of assemblies to celebrate green week, Earth Day or John Muir Day.

Curriculum Objectives

  • Year 5 and 6 (Age 9-11)
    • Explain and discuss their understanding of what they have read, including through formal presentations and debates
    • Identify how language, structure and presentation contribute to meaning.
    • Increase familiarity with a wide range of books
    • Participate in discussions about books that are read to them and those they can read for themselves, building on their own and others’ ideas and challenge views courteously.
    • Perform their own compositions, using appropriate intonation, volume, and movement so that meaning is clear.
    • Prepare poems and plays to read aloud and perform, showing understanding through intonation, tone and volume so that meaning is clear to an audience.