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.

Sciences (48)

  • 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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  • Animals and us - learn all about the RSPCA
    Our free primary interactive resource for KS1 and 2 'Animals and us' is linked to the English and Welsh national curriculums. It's a visually stimulating resource for interactive whiteboard or PC, that can be viewed in either English or Welsh. Subject areas include learning about RSPCA and its people, volunteering, animals' needs, pets in general and ownership. There are downloadable certificates for children too.

    Format: Interactive resource
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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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  • British Values and the Five Welfare Needs - Small Animals
    explore the five welfare needs of pets and how they relate to responsible pet ownership. With fun, interactive group activities and discussions, these workshops empower pupils to make a difference to pets in their local communities. This session focuses on small animal pets, for example, hamsters, rabbits, mice etc.

    Format: Resource Pack
    File type: ZIP file
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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).

    Format: Download
    File type: PDF
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  • Equine vaccination
    Vaccination for important equine diseases not only offers protection for horses but it is a mandatory requirement at some breeding establishments and for participation in many equine sporting events.

    Format: Briefing document text
    File type: pdf
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  • Foreign Body X-ray Quiz
    This quiz sheet asks children to match the x-ray to the pet using simple clues. It can be used as a quick holding activity or extended by asking pupils to write an explanation of why they chose each pet and/or a sentence about what they could have done to prevent any of these from happening (keep objects out of a dog's reach).

    Format: Download
    File type: PDF
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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 - 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
    File type: PDF
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  • Pet Care Club
    Pet club consists of six taught sessions so is ideal for a weekly lunchtime or after school club. Each of the first five weeks of pet club are based around the five welfare needs, the things all animals need to be healthy and happy as outlined in the Animal Welfare Act. We have broken these down into easy to remember bite size chunks and made them relevant for most common pets.

    Format: Resource Pack
    File type: ZIP file
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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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  • 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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