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1. African walk

Why not do something different to mark Walk to School Week? Motivate your students, encourage them to lead a healthy lifestyle and teach them about Africa while they walk. Give them the experience of joining the thousands of children across Africa who walk to school every day because they have no choice. Find out about life in East Africa, play African games, make pull-along cars out of plastic bottles and eat African fruit.

2. Design a superhero

What is the best way to promote road safety? In this lesson, children design their own walk-to-school superhero to help keep them fit and healthy and encourage them to look before crossing the road. Ask students to think about what special qualities and powers they would like their superhero to have, then link the design to things that can help them walk to school safely. Their superhero might even have superpowers to encourage them to stop, look and listen in the classroom, too.

3. Walk this way

Introduce students to the art of navigation and create a walk-to-school role play. Help them to remember routes and teach them how to travel independently (with parental consent). Help them to identify road features such as pedestrian crossings - and to understand when to use them - in a range of classroom-based activities.

4. Why walk?

Do your students still need convincing of the benefits of walking? Show them this eight-minute film about walking to school, which considers the health benefits of walking and follows one girl on her journey to school. Play an interactive game and discuss ideas on how we can all fit a walk into our day.

5. A song in your step

Teach children why two feet can often be better than a car and liven up life in your classroom by introducing songs that they can sing while they walk to school. Students can entertain their neighbourhood as they sing their way home from school in the afternoon or sing their way back to class the following morning.

Find these lesson plans at bit.lyWalktoSchoolWeek


1. Electric cars

If health and safety rules get in the way of a test drive, introduce students to the magic of the electric car via video link. Watch Green TV presenter Verity Cowper try out the first mass-produced, fully electric car on the streets of Copenhagen, Denmark. Then start a debate.

2. Global effects

Most people have wondered what they can do in the face of global climate change. But this inspiring video-based lesson shows that we all have more power than we think. Help students to understand how their choices can make a difference - and could be the decisive link in a chain that has effects across the world.

3. Sow the seeds

Climate change is having a long-term impact on agriculture. The livelihoods of 2.5 billion people globally depend on the successful growth of seeds, and every one of us needs food to survive. Charity Oxfam's Sow the Seed project encourages global citizenship, helping students to understand the issue of food production and encouraging them to take action.

4. Biodiversity hospital

Why is biodiversity important? How can we protect endangered species? How do we balance competing priorities in a fragile ecosystem? Students assume the roles of biologists and conservationists as they work together to devise a treatment plan - from staff training to diagnosis, treatment and aftercare - and conserve an endangered species.

5. Darwin's finches

Find out how Galapagos finches helped Charles Darwin to formulate his theory of evolution and natural selection. Take your students on a journey into the world of biodiversity and evolution, and explore the role of data collection and observation in helping to protect the environment.

Find these lesson plans at bit.lyWorldEnvironmentDay 2013


1. Explanation activity cards

Give children a prompt, then use iffatsardharwalla's explanation activity cards to develop their speaking and listening skills, focusing on "why" to help them expand their answers. bit.lyExplanationCards

2. Dyslexia mindmaps

Difficulty telling the time, problems with note-taking, not remembering what words look like: these are just some symptoms of dyslexia. Raise staff awareness and learn to support students using these mindmaps. bit.lyDyslexiaMindMaps

3. Everyday mathematics

"But what's the point of mathematics?" is a common refrain among children - and some adults, too. Axis Education's worksheet focuses on familiar, everyday topics to help students to practise functional skills. bit.lyFunctionalMaths


- UK National Vegetarian Week, 20-26 May Explore vegetarianism and the myths surrounding it using a video from TrueTube. bit.lyVegetarianismAssembly

- Sleep on it Take a light-hearted look at why sleep is so important with this assembly. bit.lyVirtuesOfSleep

- Revision techniques Encourage students who are preparing for exams with an assembly about revision. bit.lyRevisionAssembly

- Rude awakening Explore what it means to be rude with Clare2470 's assembly. bit.lyHaltingRudeness

- Show and tell Celebrate children's work with welshy's assembly script. bit.lyShowAndTellAssembly.

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