Learning By Topic KS2: The Environment and English

Theme/Spelling words: pollution, renewable energy, global warming, recycling, deforestation, sustainability, hydropower, solar panels, wind turbine, plastic.

List spellings in alphabetical order; write synonyms and antonyms for words (where appropriate); create a crossword puzzle for your theme words; write your theme words in sentences or use all of them in a short story, include some effective language features e.g. similes, metaphors, alliteration and personification.

Write a newspaper report on the status of the environment and what your predictions are for the future. Remember to include an eye-catching headline, sub-headings, photos and captions. (Genre of writing: Report)

Write a diary entry on what you think about the current state of our environment. What needs to happen around the world to ensure environmental sustainability? How do you feel about this? (Genre of writing: Factual Recount)

Why are bees so important to our environment? What can local communities do to ensure the survival of bees? Write a letter to your local Councillor urging them to plant more flowers in your community and the importance of this. You may even wish to send it to them! (Cross Curricular: PSHE) (Genre of writing: Persuasive

Imagine you are a tree or plant. What advice would you give to humans about caring for the environment? Write a list of dos and don’ts.

Write a letter to the Minister of the Environment recommending things they can do/practices they can put in place to improve and maintain a sustainable environment. (Genre of writing: Persuasive)

What is climate change and global warming? (Genre of writing: Explanation) Perhaps you could film your explanation, pretending you are the host of a documentary about climate change!