Schools & Education

Information about YPTE work in the classroom.

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Activities on Environment and Wildlife

We get many emails from young people asking us what they can do to play a greater part in the conservation movement, and so we have compiled this l...

After Talk Response

Filmed three weeks after that talk, some of the children discuss what they learned and the changes they have made to their lives as a result of it.

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Animal rights

Should animals be given more rights, to live and not suffer?

Becoming a corporate sponsor

YPTE recognises and understands the challenge that sustainable development poses to today's forward thinking companies. Our non-confrontational and...



With around 250 species of bee living here in the UK, these key pollinators make a huge impact on our lives - even if we don't always realise it!  ...

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Britain's Rare Flowers

Explore the UK's rare flowers, each section gives ideas about what you can do to help.  


Calling young writers

At YPTE, we would like to start giving young people the chance to have their voices heard about environmental issues.  So from now on, we'll be pub...


Cold Areas: Antarctica

This suite of lesson plans explores the continent of Antarctica.  Designed to be used alongside the Powerpoint presentation, packed full of stunnin...

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Cold Areas: The Arctic

This set of lesson plans explores the Arctic - one of the coldest regions on our planet.  The accompanying Powerpoint presentation brings the Arcti...

Conservation Education 11 - Minibeasts

Spiders - aaaarrrggh! Slugs - yuk! Wasps - ouch! This is many people’s first reaction to the sight or mention of many of our minibeasts. The word ‘...

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Feeding Garden Birds

Birds appreciate being fed throughout the year, but winter is their most difficult time, when they find it hard to find their natural food, such as...

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Food: Fairtrade

It can be difficult for farmers in poorer countries to get a fair price for the food they produce; Fairtrade exists to address this issue. These...


Food: Farming and the Environment

As consumers we can choose to buy food that has been produced ethically and sustainably. These resources comprise a set of informative teacher n...


Food: Food Miles

The food we eat makes up about 30% of our carbon footprint.  Knowing how far it has travelled and how it has been stored is essential if we wish to...

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Food: Food Waste

Around a billion people don't have enough food to eat, yet we throw away around a third of all the food produced. These resources comprise a set...


Food: Packaging and Recycling

Our food is packaged in a variety of ways, all of which have impacts on the environment.   These resources comprise a set of informative teacher...


Have Your Say on Sustainability

The makers of the three best films will win the chance to travel to Brussels and meet with MEPs at the European Parliament in Brussels so that you ...

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The Anglo-Saxon word for enclosure was ‘haeg’ or gehaeg’ and this is were we get the word ‘hedge’.


Hot Areas: The Sahara

This suite of lesson plans explores the Sahara - the largest hot desert on Earth.  It also looks at the spread of the Sahara into the Sahel and the...


List of Talks

The school talks service is now available again for a limited time for schools within a 30-mile radius of our office in Yeovil. To make a bookin...


Local environment: Plants and animals

The curriculum encourages children to use the local environment to explore plants and animals in their habitat. This suite of lesson plans and acco...

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Making a Pond

Here is a step-by-step guide to making your own pond



Quite literally, a ‘minibeast’ is simply a small animal. Spiders, snails, slugs, beetles, centipedes, worms, earwigs, caterpillars are just a few.

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Nestboxes for Birds

Nestbox building is a good activity for the autumn, ready for occupation (hopefully!) the following spring.


New lesson plans for Year 5 teachers!

The three extended lessons cover the differences in life cycles of mammals, amphibians, insects and birds; how animals reproduce; and how the work ...



A pond is a small area of still, fresh water. It is different from a river or a stream because it does not have moving water and it differs from a ...

Sample school talk

The school talks service is now available again for a limited time for schools within a 30-mile radius of our office in Yeovil. To make a bookin...

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School Talks

The school talks service is now available again for a limited time for schools within a 30-mile radius of our office in Yeovil.

The Total Green School Awards

Joining us to help present the Awards were actresses Zoe Wanamaker and Michelle Ryan, along with Shadow Environment Secretary Mary Creagh, Shadow E...

Total Green School Awards 2013

The winners of the Total Green School Awards 2013 talk about their projects and how they have impacted on them personally and in their school life.

Total Green School Awards 2014 winners

You can see all of the winners here.   Special congratulations go to our UK Champions, Ollaberry Primary School from Shetland. The school’s seve...

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Using a Quadrat

You will need: Half metre quadrat Pooter Hand lens or magnifying glass Notebook and pencil Reference Books

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Wildlife Areas for Schools

Schools that have begun to develop their grounds often invariably report that this has led to beneficial changes in the relationships, attitudes an...

Woodlands in Spring

A look at the plants and flowers that grow in a deciduous woodland in the Spring.

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