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Lesson plan: Sow for Success

A history lesson, focusing on the role that the Second World War played in the loss of Britain's wildflower meadows.

Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash


Activity details

Overview and curriculum links

Have you ever considered the impact of a significant historical event on the world outside your window? Since the start of the Second World War, the UK has suffered the loss of 97% of its wildflower meadows. Wildflowers once formed an integral part of the British landscape. However, wildflower meadows now account for less than 1% of the British countryside.

This history-focused lesson will explore the impact of some of initiatives, introduced during WW2, that may have contributed to this dramatic decline; as well as teaching pupils about the importance of wildflowers in relation to our own food security and challenging them to join our campaign to restore wildflowers to our communities.

We have designed these lessons to help teachers cover the following areas of the KS2 History curriculum:

  • KS2 children should carry out a study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066. This could include a significant turning point in British history, for example, the Battle of Britain.

This lesson enables students to:

  • Develop their understanding of significant point in British history- The Second World War.  
  • Consider the cause and effect of changes to the British landscape brought about as a result of WW2 and the national campaigns related to it.
  • Understand the modern-day threat to our own food security. 
  • Explain how sowing wildflowers can contribute to the health and well-being of UK habitats and help to ensure the food supply for future generations.


Lesson plan

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