My Green City

A fantastic and creative way to introduce sustainable city building into your Design and Technology lessons

Years: 5, 6

Duration: 240mins

Curriculum Objectives: 9

Subjects: D&T, English, Geography, PSHE

Resource Overview

Bring your Design and Technology lessons to life by challenging your class to plan their own sustainable city.  Through this creative resource series, pupils explore examples of cities around the world and evidence of successful city planning, identify the needs of the population, and understand the challenges resulting from an increase in urban population.

Children work in teams to draw plans and exploded diagrams of their sustainable city, before creating a 3D model and leading city tours for other groups.  Each team also draws up and presents a city charter for their population, exploring how we can all live more sustainably.
This project would be perfect as a class Design and Technology project or competition, with strong links to English and creative opportunities to build in a range of cross-curricular learning objectives.

This resource has been developed from an original resource and competition designed by the Architecture Centre in Bristol

Image © by Natalie Hughes

Resource Assets


My Green City Lesson Plan 1

Introduction lesson to My Green City


Introducing My Green City Powerpoint

Resource 1a



Planning My Green City

Resource 1b


Sustainability Fact Cards

Resource 1c


Research extension/homework

Resource 1d


My Green City - Lesson Plan 2

Designing your Sustainable City - 2D plan of your city


My Green City: Lesson Plan 3

Designing your Sustainable City - 3D Model


Sample Building designs


My Green City: Lesson Plan 4

Designing your city charter


Example city charter


Certificate Template

Curriculum Objectives

  • Year 5 and 6 (Age 9-11)
    • Identify the audience for and purpose of writing, selecting the appropriate form and using other similar writing as models.
    • Note and develop initial ideas, drawing on reading and research where necessary.
    • Propose changes to vocabulary, grammar and punctuation to enhance effects and clarify meaning.
  • Name and locate counties/cities of the United Kingdom, geographical regions and their identifying human and physical characteristics, key topographical features, and land-use patterns; and understand geographical change over time.
  • Describe and understand key aspects of human geography, including: types of settlement and land use, economic activity including trade links, and the distribution of natural resources including energy, food, minerals and water.