Sustainable Development

Exploring environmental threats to our planet

Years: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Duration: 60mins

Curriculum Objectives: 4

Subjects: Geography, PSHE, Science

Resource Overview

This suite of lessons looks at the environmental threats to our planet & provides plenty of involving interactive tasks to help children understand how they can live more sustainable lives. The lesson plans are written to accompany a PowerPoint presentation, which is filled with brilliant visual resources to facilitate learning and inspire pupils' interest. 

Areas covered:

  • What sustainable development means
  • Pollution – water, air & land
  • Over-use of natural resources – overpopulation, deforestation, water shortage & overfishing
  • Climate change & alternative energies
  • How we can live more sustainably

Resource Assets


Sustainable Development Presentation

The PowerPoint presentation runs alongside the plans and all slides are referred to in the lesson plans. Please feel free to modify the presentation by adding your own slides or deleting those you don’t need.



Sustainable Development Lesson Plans

There are 4 lesson plans: • The lesson plans are not intended to be of equal length and can be amalgamated or split to suit timings. • Activities given are suggestions only. The main purpose of the lesson plans and presentation is to provide key information and visual aids for teachers to select and adapt to your needs.

Curriculum Objectives

  • Describe and understand key aspects of physical geography, including: climate zones, biomes and vegetation belts, rivers, mountains, volcanoes and earthquakes, and the water cycle.
  • Year 4 (Age 8-9)
    • Recognise that environments can change and that this can sometimes pose dangers to living things.