National Pet Month is from the 1st of April to May 10th. The website has a section devoted to schools with lesson plans and activities suitable for schools.

“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.”

The resources there include:

  • 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?
  • Events

If you subscribe to Twinkl there are a load of resources available for National Pet Month but even the free version has a variety of downloadable resources suitable for use in class.

If anyone is interested in getting a pet for the classroom there is lots of information on the What are the benefits of having pets in the classroom blog post. “Pets in the classroom can be used as a tool for teaching children about responsibility, empathy, and the importance of caring for living things. Classroom pets often bring out the best in students who sometimes struggle to show compassion to others.”

An AI produced image of a gerbil – a favoured classroom pet as they are so easy to manage.