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Y6 Term 4 Are we damaging our world?

National curriculum content

Describe and understand key aspects of the distribution of natural resources including energy, minerals and water. Use maps, atlases and globes to locate countries and describe features studied. Use the eight points of a compass, symbols and keys to build their knowledge of the United Kingdom and the wider world. Use fieldwork to observe, measure, record and present the human and physical features in the local area using a range of methods, including sketch maps, plans and graphs, and digital technologies.


Lesson objectives

  1. To understand the threats to the health of our planet and some possible solutions
  2. To understand what minerals are, and question if they can be used sustainably
  3. To understand the different types of energy available, and their advantages and disadvantages
  4. To understand the importance of protecting the oceans
  5. To carry out an enquiry into sustainability
  6. To be able to explain how a particular environmental issue has been caused, and suggest some possible solutions


What we want children to know

  • There are threats to the health of our planet and ways to help improve this
  • Explain several threats to wildlife and/or habitats
  • The sources of several important minerals used in everyday life
  • Where minerals can be found around the world, and understand some of the ways in which minerals can be used sustainably
  • There are both renewable and non-renewable energy sources available
  • Be able to explain the carbon cycle
  • Understand that no one type of energy production is the solution providing the world’s energy
  • How humans rely on the oceans, and can describe some of the threats to our oceans
  • Understand some of the advantages of marine protected areas (MPAs)
  • Ways in which we could make our own school more sustainable
  • There are different environmental issues, and know how at least 1 of these was caused


What skills we want children to develop

  • Ability to pose enquiry questions
  • Identification of important environmental issues
  • Plan and carry out an enquiry
  • Map/atlas skills
  • Fieldwork



Biomass, fossil fuel, geothermal energy, human feature, hydro electricity, mineral, non-renewable energy, physical feature, recycled, renewable energy, solar energy, sustainability, tidal energy, wave energy, wind power