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Looking after pets

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This lesson raises children's awareness of the welfare needs of pets.

Rachael D

This short lesson plan is intended to provide a supplementary activity for primary learners who have been working on the topic of looking after pets. There is an assumption that learners will have already studied some related language (brush, walk, feed, play, vets, etc.) and are familiar with should/shouldn't for advice or imperatives.

In this activity, learners brainstorm their ideas for what pets need, then look at the five types of need, categorising their ideas. Then learners work together, making a mind map to plan an information poster which shows what a particular pet needs, and finally producing the poster.


  • To recycle or extend previous language work on the topic of looking after pets
  • To provide opportunities to use the language in speaking and writing
  • To raise learners' awareness of the five key welfare needs for pets
  • To develop planning and teamworking skills


Primary learners aged 9–12


CEFR level A2+


45 minutes approximately


The lesson plan and worksheet can be downloaded in PDF format below. In addition, you will need materials for the poster, such as paper, coloured pencils, glue, scissors, etc.

Language level
Language Level: 
Primary level 2