We live in a world that is full of the beauty of nature. Animals are the part of that natural world that we feel most akin to. Yet, throughout history, people have often treated animals more like things than living, breathing, feeling beings. But thanks to naturalists like David Attenborough and Dr Jane Goodall, we are recognising that animals are far more complex than we once believed – and capable of experiencing anxiety, suffering, fear and joy.
For todays young people, developing empathy towards animals can be a key step towards developing empathy for, and rejecting violence against, all beings, including human beings. It is important, therefore, that pupils learn to recognise that the animals with whom we share this planet, are, in many ways, not so different from ourselves.
Share the World is a free educational programme designed to help your students better understand and appreciate the animal kingdom. Your pupils will use their thinking, reading and writing skills to work through the reproducible activities that form the heart of this programme.
Written specifically with the National Curriculum in mind, this pack promotes a richer understanding of the animals in our world and will instill in your pupils a sense of how we can treat them as fellow beings, with compassion and respect.
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We hope that, by using this programme, your pupils will realise that animals experience life in much the same way as we do. In doing so, youll be helping them make the world a better and richer place for all of us.
Share The World
Share the World is a free educational programme specifically designed for English, Science and PSHE Key Stages 1 & 2. Through the pack, video and poster-linked activities your pupils will be encouraged to develop respect and compassion for all living beings.
The pack can be used in its entirety to form an 8-week PSHE and Citizenship project but also fulfils many specific requirements for Key Stage 1 & 2 Science (life processes, humans and other animals, variation and classification, living things in their environment); English (speaking and listening, group discussion, reading, writing); Music (performing, composing, appraising and listening skills); Physical Education (dance activities); History (knowledge and understanding of events, people and changes in the past); Art (exploring and developing ideas, investigating and making art, craft and design).
To enhance the pupils understanding that animals are living, feeling beings to be treated with respect and compassion.
To assist pupils in recognising that animals often experience the same needs and feelings as we do.
To encourage pupils to see humans and animals in context with the natural world and to explore this theme.
To help pupils understand how humans regard for animals has changed and developed as our knowledge of animals has increased.
1. A 24-page resource book with reproducible activities, assembly ideas and lesson plans for using the poster and video effectively. Curriculum links are shown.
2. A 30-minute video, split into five sections, to be used in conjunction with pages 20-21 of the resource book.
3. An A1 full-colour poster to be displayed in the classroom. Linked activities can be found on pages 22-23 of the resource book.
4. A response
card for your comments. Please return this card to ensure
that youll receive future free programmes.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Foundation—a charitable company limited by guarantee, with its registered office at 125 London Wall, London, EC2Y 5AS. Registered in England and Wales as charity number 1056453, company number 3135903.