Taking Action For Your 2040 - Years 5&6 - What's Your 2040?

Taking Action For Your 2040 – Years 5&6

In this lesson, students will be immersed in and connect with the documentary film 2040, focusing on actions they can take that have positive benefits both now and in the future. Students begin by looking at examples of young people who have taken action for the future through social and environmental projects. They then work as a class or in groups to choose a topic they are concerned about, and design, plan and implement a project to get the community involved in taking action on the topic. 

The social action created can be used to engage another class, the whole school or the wider community, if you choose. Following project completion, students will celebrate and reflect on the success of their project and their participation in the project. 

This lesson can be used as a stand-alone lesson or can be used to consolidate and extend learning if you have completed any of the other lessons in this unit.     

Lesson and curriculum details
  • Topic: Sustainability, Energy, Consumption.
  • Unit of work: 2040 – Integrated Unit – Years 5 & 6.
  • Time required: 210+ mins. (this time allows students to plan and conduct their social action project)
  • Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – oversee activities and facilitate class discussions.
  • Keywords: 2040, documentary, transport, energy, food, sustainability, future, social action.
Learning intentions
  • Students will understand that they have a role to play in creating the future they want to see.
  • Students will understand and be able to drive the processes required for planning and executing an action-based project.
UK curriculum mapping

Year 5&6 Design & Technology

  • Through a variety of creative and practical activities, pupils should be taught the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to engage in an iterative process of designing and making. They should work in a range of relevant contexts [for example, the home, school, leisure, culture, enterprise, industry and the wider environment].
  • generate, develop, model and communicate their ideas through discussion, annotated sketches, cross-sectional and exploded diagrams, prototypes, pattern pieces and computer-aided design

Year 5 English

  • Perform their own compositions, using appropriate intonation, volume, and movement so that meaning is clear
  • Plan their writing by: identifying the audience for and purpose of the writing, selecting the appropriate form and using other similar writing as models for their own

Year 6 English

  • Pupils should understand, through being shown, the skills and processes essential for writing: that is, thinking aloud to generate ideas, drafting, and rereading to check that the meaning is clear.
  • Pupils should continue to add to their knowledge of linguistic terms, including those to describe grammar, so that they can discuss their writing and reading.
  • Participate in and contribute to discussions, clarifying and interrogating ideas, developing and supporting arguments, sharing and evaluating information, experiences and opinions
  • Students create detailed texts elaborating on key ideas for a range of purposes and audiences. They contribute actively to class and group discussions, using a variety of strategies for effect.
Accessing the film

2040 is an innovative feature documentary that looks to the future, but is vitally important NOW!  Director Damon Gameau embarks on a journey to explore what the future could look like by the year 2040 if we simply embraced the best solutions already available to us to improve our planet and shifted them rapidly into the mainstream.  

2040 launched in UK & Irish cinemas in Nov 2019, and is now available for school screenings across the country! You can purchase an educational license for 2040 for your school and share the film with your class by visiting the education shop

By purchasing an educational screening license of 2040, schools can use the film for several types of screenings such as; screenings in classrooms (both in-person and virtually), screenings with pupils and parents, and screenings for fundraising purposes.

If you have any questions, please contact the Together Films team at [email protected]  

Cool Australia prepared the 2040 Curriculum Guide. The Together Films team will do an annual review of these resources to ensure they are still in line with the UK Curriculum.  

Cool Australia, GoodThing Productions and Regen Pictures would like to acknowledge the generous contributions of Good Pitch AustraliaShark Island InstituteDocumentary Australia FoundationThe Caledonia FoundationGlobal Health Film and our philanthropic partners in the development of these teaching resources. 

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