Nature – KS3

Nature for KS3

NatureWhat is the value of nature? How do we relate to nature? How could or should we relate?


We’ll start by watching three talks. Then there are some suggested questions to help you think about the talks, and discuss them in class and with your family and friends.


Watch the talks…

“Soil, Soul and Society”
Satish Kumar

“Designing Our Way out of Plastic Seas”
Jo Royle

“Theme and variation in nature and culture”
Peter Randall-Page


Think and discuss…

These are suggested questions about what you heard and saw in the three videos, to help your discussion in class.

  1. What does each talk say about nature?
  2. Human beings are part of the natural world, and everything depends on everything else to function. How do you rely on nature? How do you affect nature?
  3. Why and how do we value nature? Nature looks after us, but what value does it have in itself?


Keep thinking and talking…

How do you feel when you are outside?

Nature inspires many feelings. For example, Satish Kumar showed great joy when describing his orchard, and Jo Royle spoke of fear in the face of the ocean’s great power.

Compare how you feel when you are outside with how you feel when you are inside. What difference does it make if you can see green plants or are near water?

Some people have suggested that one of the ways to happiness is to notice the world around you.

Peter Randall-Page spoke about the patterns he has observed in nature. Use all your senses to notice what is around you now. What can you see, touch, taste, smell or hear that was not made by humans?

When you are next outside, in a break or on your way home from school, put your technology away, go for a short walk, and spend time noticing nature around you. Some of us naturally notice the details. Others get the vibe of the big picture. Even in the city, there is plenty of nature in the cracks. Feel the sun and wind on your face.

How can we care for the rest of nature?

Jo Royle spoke about plastic as a material that is not found naturally, and has ended up everywhere. She described many issues and natural impacts related to plastic: the life-cycle of products from resource inputs to waste outputs, littering, recycling and upcycling, ocean circulation, bird deaths, the food chain.

What other issues, processes and impacts did you notice or can you think of? How much plastic do you use? What happens to it then? How could you use less plastic and create less waste?

Plastics are just some of many things that we produce and consume. Pick another thing or group of things, and ask the same questions.