April is National Pet month and there are resources for use in schools to enable children to learn about keeping pets.
“Research has shown that pet ownership can be particularly beneficial for children: from teaching them responsibilities and about the cycle of life, to providing companionship and building confidence. Having a pet around the home can make a big impact and theming activities around pets can also be a great way to engage children in the classroom.”(National Pet Month Website)
The lessons included on the site are for early years and primary aged children and they have been created with the help and support of TV Vet Marc Abraham.
- Lesson Plans
- Teacher’s Pet – How Can Pets Benefit Your School And Your Pupils?
- The Pet Protocol
- Looking After A School Pet
- How Do You Incorporate Pets Into School Life?
- How Do You Incorporate Pets Into Schools Responsibly?
I really like the pet protocol, it relates to school pets but will teach the children a lot about keeping their pets at home happy and healthy too.
National Pet Month is about education and fund raising but even without the fund-raising aspect there is a lot for children on this site. A mini project on keeping pets would fit with a study about ourselves, the world around us or life cycles.
“Pets can be used in the study of many areas specified in the National Curriculum scheme of work for Science at Key Stages 1 and 2. For example, sound and hearing in year 1; health and growth, animals and plants in the local environment, and variation in year 2; teeth and eating, and moving and growing in year 3; keeping healthy and life cycles in year 5; interdependence and adaptation and micro-organisms in year 6.” (National Pet Month) Having a pet in school may also contribute towards PHSE and offer opportunities in art too.