For community groups

If you are a Brownie or Scout leader or run another community group, please look through our resources below for pet themed resources and ideas. Don't forget you might also like to look in the teacher section and search by age.

PSHE (65)

  • A Canine Communication Video from PDSA
    This session identifies how to recognise what dogs are telling us through their body language and how to stay safe around dogs. It lasts for 40 minutes and is led entirely by PDSA Vet Nurse, Shauna. All you have to do is press play. Sign up to PDSA's PetWise School Award for more on this topic.

    Format: Video
    File type: MP4
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  • A Free Award from PDSA - PetWise School Award
    PDSA's PetWise School Award Programme provides a range of free resources for school teachers, group leaders and home schooling families who want to enhance their children's love of animals through fun, educational sessions. Created by teachers & vets collaboratively, this curriculum-linked resource gives teachers everything they need to educate their pupils about animals, including how to stay safe around dogs, stereotypes and how to be a responsible pet owner. This programme is not exclusive to schools and can be accessed by parents for individual children of any age when signing up as a ‘home school’. It is also part of the Children's University programme. Contact education@pdsa.org.uk if you need any support signing up.

    Format: Lesson plans, sessions & activities
    File type: PDF & PowerPoint
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  • A nation of animal lovers - introducing animal welfare
    This lesson introduces the concept of cruelty to animals, with a focus on pets, and whether it is deliberate or based on neglect. The resource includes example news stories about neglect and also information on the Animal Welfare Act. Ideal for KS2 with a focus on PSHE.

    Format: Lesson Plan
    File type: Word
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  • A Video Introduction to PDSA
    This session provides an overview of PDSA, the work they do and how they help. It also shares amazing stories of pets PDSA has helped. Sign up to PetWise School Award for more resources relating to this topic.

    Format: Video
    File type: YouTube
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  • Animals in schools
    Woodgreen recognises the value animals can bring to schools to show children the responsibilities of pet ownership. With ever increasing awareness of promoting positive animal welfare, our modern approach to keeping pets happy and healthy in school will enable you to make an informed decision regarding the suitability of pets in the classroom.

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  • Animation about pet food
    A short and appealing animation for anyone interested in understanding how pet food is made. The film explains the importance of a nutritionally balanced diet, how the industry is regulated and how carefully ingredients are sourced. The film then details the production process for wet and dry food.

    Format: Film
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  • Caring for pets
    This set of activities aims to make EYFS children aware of pets as living animals with needs and feelings. They learn that owners have a responsibility to meet the needs of their pets and to keep them happy and healthy. Attached worksheets include guidance on a vets role play area and other handouts on a pets' needs.

    Format: Lesson Pack
    File type: Word
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  • Cwis Pelydr-X Gwrthrych Estron
    Mae'r daflen gwis hon yn gofyn i'r plant baru'r pelydr-x â'r anifail anwes gan ddefnyddio cliwiau syml. Gall hwn fod yn weithgaredd cyflym, neu gellir ei ymestyn drwy ofyn i'r disgyblion ysgrifennu esboniad o pam y dewison nhw bob anifail anwes a/neu frawddeg am yr hyn y gallen nhw fod wedi'i wneud i atal unrhyw un o'r rhain rhag digwydd (cadw gwrthrychau allan o gyrraedd ci).

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  • Digital Talks from PDSA
    We are currently able to deliver a range of topics to schools and groups all over the UK via Teams or Zoom, but we have limited availability. Please fill out our booking form to request a talk.

    Format: Link
    File type: Form
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  • Dis Lles
    Gweithgaredd sy'n dysgu plant am y 5 Angen Lles mewn ffordd hwyliog.

    Format: Download
    File type: PDF
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  • Dog Safety Detectives - Rec & KS1
    A fun, interactive lesson taking children on a journey discovering everything they need to know about staying safe around dogs. Find out what dogs like and don’t like, how to stay safe at home and out and about and learn when even the friendliest of dogs need time alone. An essential guide to dog safety, delivered by an experienced educator alongside Woody and Wiggles, two animated dogs.

    Format: Resource Pack
    File type: ZIP file
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  • Exotic animals as pets
    This lesson looks at the complex needs of exotic (non-domestic) pets and the responsibility involved in looking after them. The download includes a fact sheet about Iguanas and their needs. This is suitable for KS2 children with a focus on PSHE.

    Format: Lesson Plan
    File type: Word
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  • EYFS resource pack
    Colourful and creative resources for 3-5 year olds. A Communication,language and PSHE lesson plan based around caring for cats. Features a story and song and worksheet based activities. Curriculum referenced

    Format: Resources Pack
    File type: Zip File
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  • Free Education Talks
    Cats Protection offers free talks to schools and community groups of all ages, covering a range of different topics from responsible pet ownership to careers with cats. The talks are fun, informative and can be customised to suit your group or curriculum requirements. We supply free goodies and other resources with each talk

    Format: Online booking form
    File type: Online booking form
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  • How do we look after pets?
    This lesson for KS1 pupils focuses on which animals make good pets and how to care for them. It builds on the lesson We all have basic needs. The download includes Question and Answer cards for a 'visit to the vets' role-play, a sorting activity and a link to photographs.

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  • International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW)
    IFAW’s Cats, Dogs and Us free KS1-3 teaching pack contains lessons, student magazines, a film and activities to educate students about the characteristics of cats and dogs and their needs as domesticated animals. The resource encourages students to examine and discuss the important responsibilities people have in caring for cats and dogs and the many different ways that people live with these animals around the world.

    Format: Lesson plans, magazine, poster, film
    File type: PDFs
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  • International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW)
    IFAW’s new Special Schools resource Cats, Dogs and Us for students aged 2-19 focuses on learning about the needs of cats and dogs, and in turn our own needs and emotions. It includes a colourful magazine to share with students, lesson plans and a number of supporting activities including songs about cats and dogs, animal sensory experiences to explore with students, symbols to support communication, role-play activities and suggestions for a public performance based on students’ learning.

    Format: SEN magazine, lesson plans, activities, audio cue
    File type: PDF
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  • Lesson plan - Horse Welfare
    To highlight the current issues around the huge number of horses at risk and needing charitable help. Encourage groups to consider ways in which the industry and individuals could help to improve the situation and protect the future of our UK’s horses.

    Format: Lesson plan with video embedded
    File type: PDF
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  • Lesson plan - Pet Shopping List
    The main aim of this activity is to give children the opportunity to research how much money will be needed to look after different pets. This will involve them thinking carefully about each pet’s needs in order to know what will need to be bought for them.

    Format: Lesson plan
    File type: PDF
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  • Lesson plan - The five welfare needs
    The main aim of this activity is to give children the opportunity to consider the needs of pets and how they may differ from our own. It will Provide them with an understanding that pets need lots of care and attention to ensure they are happy and healthy.

    Format: Lesson plan
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  • Looking after pets takes time
    This lesson looks at the daily responsibility of pet care, the amount of time and the activities required to look after a pet properly. It suggests a number of more animal-friendly alternatives to having a class pet. Tailored to support PSHE in KS1 classes

    Format: Lesson Plan
    File type: Word
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  • Nod Llyfr Origami
    Gan ddefnyddio'r templed a ddarparwyd, mae'r disgyblion yn creu eu nod tudalen PDSA eu hunain. Gall plant gallu uchel (neu weithwyr cyflym) ddefnyddio'r cyfarwyddiadau i greu eu hanifail eu hunain.

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  • Pets in Schools
    Research shows that pets can help to build children’s empathy, responsibility, and life skills, so it’s not surprising that many schools look into keeping animals. But before you opt to get a school pet, do plenty of research to make sure you can give them all the care they need.

    Format: Advice on school pets
    File type: Web page and PDF
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  • Safe and Sound
    The Kennel Club Safe and Sound Scheme aims to provide teachers of Key Stages 1, 2 and 3 with materials to help bring successful and practical ideas to the classroom that can be incorporated with DfES, QCA and Primary Strategy initiatives. Many worksheets included.

    Format: Teacher notes
    File type: Pdf
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  • Sesiwn 'PetWise'
    Mae'r sesiwn hon yn rhoi trosolwg o'r hyn mae anifeiliaid anwes ei angen i fod yn iach ac yn hapus. Yn seiliedig ar ofal cathod, cŵn a chwningod, mae'n addysgu'r gynulleidfa sut i fod yn berchnogion anifeiliaid anwes cyfrifol.

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    File type: PowerPoint
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  • Taking responsibility
    This lesson for KS2 pupils focuses on an animal welfare campaign highlighting the importance of responsible pet ownership for all animals, including exotics. The download includes a 'taking responsibilities' worksheet with text and sentences to complete - suitable for a focus on english, PSHE or science

    Format: Lesson Plan
    File type: Word
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  • Troellwr
    Gweithgaredd sy'n dysgu plant am y 5 Angen Lles mewn ffordd hwyliog.

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  • Understanding Feline Origins (UFO) from Cats Protection
    A Cats Protection online course to help make your home cat-friendly! Cats Protection has a single and clear vision - a world where every cat is treated with kindness and an understanding of its needs. Understanding Feline Origins (UFO) is designed to give you an appreciation of the ancestry of cats, how this makes them the cats they are today and how to ensure their specific needs are met.

    Format: Online learning
    File type: web pages
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  • Welfare Needs Dice Activity
    This fun activity will reinforce the learning from PDSA's 'Get PetWise' session as the pupils have to talk about how they can meet the specific needs of the pet they've landing on. Pupils need to construct the net before they can play.

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  • Welfare Needs Spinner Activity
    This fun activity will reinforce the learning from PDSA's 'Get PetWise' session as the pupils have to talk about how they can meet the specific needs of the pet they've landing on. If you'd prefer a maths focus, this activity is also available using a dice and pupils need to construct the net before they can play.

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  • Woody's Dog Safety Workshop - Key Stage 2
    A fun, interactive lesson taking children on a journey discovering everything they need to know about staying safe around dogs. Your class will become dog safety experts as they learn what dogs like and don’t like, how to stay safe at home and out and about and learn when even the friendliest of dogs need time alone. An essential guide to dog safety, delivered by an experienced educator alongside Woody and Wiggles, two animated dogs.

    Format: Resource Pack
    File type: ZIP file
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