This lesson plan for A1 level primary learners aged 5 to 6 years old explores ecology, the environment and nutrition. 

This is a series of activities and related worksheets for you to download and use with the storybook Peas! Learners will develop awareness of nutrition as well as sing a song and give a presentation. It forms part of the Promoting diversity through children's literature series, produced by the British Council Teaching Centre in Paris.


5-6 years old



About the story

Peas! is a story which helps young children understand how a pea gets from a peapod onto a plate. The story shows how peas are grown and what happens to them once they are picked. Peas are processed and transported all over the world via different forms of transport: trucks, trains, boats and planes until they arrive in shops, are bought and cooked for supper. The two main characters, Pete and Penelope Pea, finally arrive in a home to feed a family but the children don't want peas! A story that evokes questions about ecology, the environment and nutrition.

Language areas

  • Life cycle of plants
  • Vegetables
  • Numbers
  • Colours
  • Transport
  • Likes/dislikes

Diversity themes

  • Developing awareness about healthy food
  • Developing awareness of differences in culinary traditions around the world

Main outcomes

  • Conducting a seed growth project
  • Singing a song 'Ten little green peas'
  • Giving a presentation of the story

Peas!, Andrew Cullen (author) and Simon Rickerty (illustrator), Puffin Books, ISBN 978-0-141-50258-8

Story notes by Nicky Francis

The materials form part of the Promoting diversity through children's literature series, produced by the British Council Teaching Centre in Paris. You can download materials for ten sessions. The materials include:

  • A sequence of activities – a plan for you to follow
  • Worksheets – for you to print and use with your learners
Language Level


Submitted by Maira on Thu, 08/19/2010 - 01:44


I just loved this material!

But I was seeing it and noticed that the worksheet 1.2 is missing. I was wondering if you could attach it here.

I have no experience teaching kids, but I'm trying to do it now because of my neice so I was looking for some good material and found this one.


Thank you and congratulations

Hi Maira

Sorry about the missing worksheet - I'll have a look for it and upload it here as soon as possible. Glad you liked the rest of the material!


Hi both - no luck with my files I'm afraid, so I've got in touch with Nicky Francis, who can hopefully supply us the missing piece very soon...


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