Lesson 2: Caring for others: Animals

Activities to develop an appreciation that animals have different needs, and an understanding of how to care for them.

Before the lesson

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Learning objective

  • To understand that animals have different needs and how to care for them

Statutory guidance

  • The National Curriculum states that ‘All schools should make provision for personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE)’

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: Allocate a pet from the Activity: Pet cards with which they are familiar, either as their own pet, or one in the family.


Pupils working at greater depth: Should be challenged to provide extra information in the additional information section when working on the Activity: Looking after a pet. They could also find out about some other types of pet.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


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Sarah has over 20 years’ experience in education. Starting as a Primary teacher, Sarah then moved into an advisory role that covered both PSHE education and Citizenship. She delivers courses for teachers, as well as sessions for children and young…
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