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Citizenship (68)

  • 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.

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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 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.

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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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  • 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
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  • Building Confidence Around Dogs
    Information to help children and families build confidence and stay safe around dogs. Our resources contain helpful advice and handy tips on what fear is and how you can help your child manage their anxieties.

    Format: Webpage
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  • Campaigning for change
    In this lesson KS3 students plan and/or carry out a campaign on an animal welfare issue. This lesson only applies to legislation in England. There are downloadable campaign journey worksheet, campaign posters to complete and worksheets on identifying influencers plus background files and quizzes

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  • Caring for your ferrets
    Ferret care advice on housing, feeding, health care and toilet training, 'ferret-proofing' your home, breeding, neutering and vaccination.

    Format: Leaflet
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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.

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

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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
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  • Dogs and the law
    In this citizenship activity, KS3 students consider different laws relating to dogs and other pets. This lesson only applies to legislation in England. The download contains worksheets, news articles, a quiz about dogs and the law and survey on the student's view on dog law are included

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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).

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  • Get PetWise with PDSA
    This session provide an overview of what pets need o be healthy and happy. Based on the care of cats, dogs and rabbits, it teaches the audience how to be responsible pet owners.

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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
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  • Kennel Club Dog Training
    The Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme is the largest dog training scheme in the UK. Its aim is to promote responsible dog ownership and in turn, enhance our relationship with our pets and to make the community aware of the benefits associated with dog ownership

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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
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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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  • 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
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  • Pet Health Information website
    A 'one stop source' featuring a wealth of animal health information and advice to help owners and potential owners to make decisions about their pets' healthcare.

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  • Pet Teams with PDSA - Lesson Plan
    This session gives children the chance to work as a team, think outside the box, listen to others' opinions and build on what they've learnt to make improvements to their work.

    Format: Lesson Plan
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  • Pet Teams with PDSA - Session
    This session gives children the chance to work as a team, think outside the box, listen to others' opinions and build on what they've learnt to make improvements to their work.

    Format: Session
    File type: PowerPoint
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  • Rights and responsibilities
    This citizenship activity for KS3 pupils uses role play to explore the role of agencies in encouraging people to become responsible pet owners, with a focus on exotic animals. This session could follow Dogs and the law. This lesson only applies to legislation in England.

    Format: Role Play activity
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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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  • Troellwr
    Gweithgaredd sy'n dysgu plant am y 5 Angen Lles mewn ffordd hwyliog.

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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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  • Young Kennel Club
    The Young Kennel Club is about helping young dog lovers learn new skills, build confidence and make new friends. We welcome young dog fans between 6-24 years, with sections for Kids, Teens and Seniors. Anyone from children to young adults can join in the fun, with or without a dog

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