Doncaster's Great Green Read

Great Green Read

Doncaster's Great Green Read is inspired by the 2021 World Book Day title Protect the Planet by Dr Jess French and Aleesha Nandhra. Between now and Christmas, 10,000 children from 49 primary schools are taking part in a series of eco-projects and author events; helping the planet while boosting their literacy skills!

All Key Stage 2 children (those aged 7-11) in participating schools have been given a copy of Protect the Planet to keep. Free resources and activities can also be downloaded from this page, ranging from reading comprehension tasks for in the classroom, to making school greenhouses and hibernation huts in the great outdoors. There will be prizes for the schools who give it their all too!

Keep coming back to this page to check out the latest resources for your school!

Reading and writing

Reading comprehension tasks based on Protect the Planet by Dr. Jess French and Aleesha Nandhra - perfect for the classroom! 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.

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    Read all about it!

    Reading comprehension tasks based on the opening pages of the book.
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    Word search

    Answer the questions and find the answers hidden in the puzzle!
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    Electricity, trees and forests

    A crossword all about different types of fuel, energy and wondrous trees.
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    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
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    Write to your MP

    Plan a letter about climate change to send to your local MP.
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Question time

As part of the Great Green Read we're having two author events. One with Dr. Jess French author of Protect the Planet, and one with Ed Milliband MP for Doncaster North and author of GO BIG - he also happens to be Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

We're inviting children to ask questions in advance of each event by filling out the worksheets below. Please return them to

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    Ask Dr. Jess French

    This is your chance to ask Jess a question about her book and to find out what it’s like to be an author
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    Ask Ed Miliband MP

    Get your voice heard by someone in power!