We Wonder: Protect Our Planet

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Our We Wonder series is back with a new challenge!

With the support of Turner & Townsend, We Wonder: Protect Our Planet is a fantastic and timely Reading Champions challenge that will support and encourage students as they read, investigate and campaign for a sustainable future.

The challenge is designed for all schools across the UK with students aged 7 to 14 (Key Stages 2 and 3).

Last time students went on a Mission to Mars but this time the focus is closer to home, our planet Earth. With young people today more engaged than ever in the climate emergency, this challenge is an opportunity for literacy and learning to come together in an engaging and constructive way.

Taking part in the challenge

There are lots of useful resources on this site that can support the delivery of this challenge:

  • Teacher guidelines
  • Short welcome video from Turner & Townsend
  • Quiz questions and answer sheet
  • Suggested reading list
  • Eco audit
  • Eco terms glossary
  • WWF carbon footprint calculator
  • Examples of a campaign poster
  • Letter template for writing to your local MP

Ready to Protect Our Planet?

  • First, download the teacher guidelines that detail the challenge in full and explain how you might use the range of resources provided
  • With your class watch or share the welcoming video from our partners, Turner & Townsend, which explains the challenge and introduces ideas and questions for students to consider
  • Run the quiz to test what your students already know
  • Read: task your students with researching environmental issues and climate change
  • Investigate: students can follow up by investigating different aspects of climate change, including the impact of their own school's behaviours towards our planet
  • Campaign: students are asked to design a campaign poster on a topic most important to them e.g. a recycling guide to pin up near the bins at school, a visual design showing how the school could use less energy or a poster on a wider, global issue to share within school and the local community

How to enter the competition

If you have completed this challenge in your school by Friday 1 April, you are invited to select the two best campaign posters as nominated by your class, take a photo and send it in with the name of your school to

Entries will be judged by Turner & Townsend staff. The winning entries from the ages 7-11 and ages 11-14 categories will receive book tokens and a box of books for their school, and the runners up in each category will also receive book tokens.

You are, of course, welcome to complete the challenge without entering the prize draw. You can plan it for a different time frame that suits you and we’ll keep the resources available for you to access throughout the year.

If you have any queries about the challenge then don’t hesitate to contact us at

See the terms and conditions for the prize draw, downloadable with the files on this page.

Share your designs!

We’d love to hear how you are getting on with this challenge, please share your pictures on

Twitter and tag us @Literacy_Trust and @turnertownsend.


The generous support of Turner & Townsend has meant that we have been able to provide 100 schools with a selection of environment-themed books for free. We look forward to your feedback during the challenge about how the books are being used, and how students are responding to the activities.

Schools that have not received books are still very welcome and fully able to participate. Supplied is a list of suggested sources, but your school or public library will also have a range of books that can be used for research. Ask your school librarian for help to find the titles you need!

About Turner & Townsend

Turner & Townsend are a construction-based company, which means they help to build all kinds of things, like skyscrapers, museums, airports and railways.

Some of their most famous projects in the UK are the Shard in London, the V&A in Dundee, Heathrow Airport and HS2 highspeed railway line. They also work all over the world, and have 112 offices in 45 countries.

Sustainability is very important to Turner & Townsend, and when they are organising a building project they make sure they are doing their best to protect the environment. They have recently launched a target to be net-zero by 2030, which means that they aim to reduce the amount of greenhouse gasses they produce as much as possible and invest in projects that actively help the environment.

We are incredibly excited to be a part of We Wonder: Protect Our Planet. Having recently launched our target to be net-zero by 2030 we recognise the importance of environmental education and the need to implement strategies to protect our environment for future generations. We want to deliver a fun and engaging way for students to learn about climate change and environmental sustainability, providing them with an opportunity to think about how they will make a difference and maintain a healthier planet.

Markus Still, UK Corporate Responsibility Co-ordinator at Turner & Townsend


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