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Geography-led and designed to complement the Key Stage Two curriculum, ‘Better World Detectives’ offers teachers flexible lesson plans and a range of free multimedia resources including video content, Skype calls and WhatsApp messages, alongside traditional worksheets, to give pupils an in-depth understanding of sustainable tourism.

Lesson 1:
Introduction - what’s it like to live in Sonrisa?

Learning objective: To identify similarities and differences between the fictional town in Costa Rica, Sonrisa, and our local area. To consider what it is like to live there.

Cross-curricular links:
Primary

  • English - speaking and listening

Supplementary

  • Computing
  • English
  • Maths

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Lesson 2:
What is happening to the fish?

Learning objective: To consider the impact of people’s actions on the environment.

Cross-curricular links:
Primary

  • Art
  • English
  • PSHE

Supplementary

  • Computing
  • English

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Lesson 3:
What do different people and animals
need from their environment?

Learning objective: To consider the environmental challenges of meeting the wants of different groups.

Cross-curricular links:
Primary

  • D&T
  • English
  • PSHE

Supplementary

  • Computing
  • English
  • Music

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Lesson 4:
What threatens the coral reef and
what can we do to protect it?

Learning objective: To identify and raise awareness of the range of factors that threaten the coral reef.

Cross-curricular links:
Primary

  • English
  • PSHE

Supplementary

  • Computing
  • English
  • Music

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Lesson 5:
How can tourism support local livelihoods?

Learning objective: To consider how tourism can support the livelihoods of people who live there.

Cross-curricular links:
Primary

  • English

Supplementary

  • English
  • Geography

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Lesson 6: Is sustainable travel important?

Learning objective: To consider the importance of addressing environmental issues and the positive and negative impacts of tourism.

Cross-curricular links:
Primary

  • English
  • Maths

Supplementary

  • Art
  • D&T
  • Computing
  • Music


At the end of lesson 6 there is a competition where pupils get the chance to win a class trip to visit the sea turtles.

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