Doncaster's Great Green Read

Great Green Read

Doncaster's Great Green Read took place in November 2021 with over 10,000 children from 49 local primary schools taking part. The campaign was inspired by the 2021 World Book Day title Protect the Planet by Dr Jess French and Aleesha Nandhra, and it saw thousands of children take part in eco-projects and author events - including one with Ed Miliband MP.

Every child was gifted a copy of Protect the Planet, and participating schools took on mass litter picking challenges, built hedgehog houses and made bee gardens, supporting literacy skills whilst saving the planet! The resources are still available to enjoy at home but all competitions are now closed.

Reading and writing

Reading comprehension tasks based on Protect the Planet by Dr. Jess French and Aleesha Nandhra. Download individual activities to complete as you read the book or access the resource in one document.

The answers for each activity can be downloaded here.

  • Protect the Planet cover image

    Read all about it!

    Reading comprehension tasks based on the opening pages of the book.
  • worsearch Great green read

    Word search

    Answer the questions and find the answers hidden in the puzzle!
  • electricity, trees and forests.jpg

    Electricity, trees and forests

    A crossword all about different types of fuel, energy and wondrous trees.
  • protect the planet, doncasters great green read

    Make a poster

    Time to make a difference! Make a poster persuading people to protect the planet.
  • landfill rubbish image great green read doncaster stories

    What a load of rubbish!

    Learn about recycling waste with reading comprehension tasks based on pages 36-41
  • houses of parliament write to your mp.jpg

    Write to your MP

    Plan a letter about climate change to send to your local MP.
Download in full

You may only be small but...

"You may only be small but you are an incredible human too. That means that you have the power to protect the planet." - Dr. Jess French

These eco-projects will inspire children to take action in their home town for a chance to win one of many incredible prizes. From planting school reading trees, to monitoring air pollution and making hotels for insects, there's something for everyone.

  • How clean is the air we breathe

    How clean is the air we breathe?

    Make an air sensor and look closely at lichens to find out just how clean our air is.
  • Ocean plastic pollution

    Plastic not fantastic

    Join Kids Against Plastic in their mission to pick up 100,000 plastic cups, straws, bottles and lids.
  • Plant a school reading tree Great Green Read

    Plant a school reading tree

    Plant a tree for future generations and you could win a stack of books the height of your teacher!
  • How to build a hedgehog house

    How to make a hedgehog house

    Design or make a hedgehog house to keep wildlife warm during winter.
  • Junkyard hotel

    Junkyard hotel

    Transform an old tin can or plastic bottle into a paradise for bees.