Primary lesson plans

The lesson plans and accompanying materials below can be used to help engage students in Meat Free Monday.

Project objectives

Students will learn the following:

  • That reducing one’s meat intake has a positive effect on people and planet
  • How to be more responsible global citizens
  • Where to find and how to prepare healthy meat free food

Download all primary lesson materials

Title Curriculum Areas Lesson Plans Additional Materials

One Day a Week

Suggestions for presenting the MFM documentary short ‘One Day a Week’, including through discussion, writing, art and design, and a quiz.

  • Citizenship
  • English
One Day a Week One Day a Week (film)

One Day a Week (script)

Meat Free Monday Rhyme

Children listen to a Meat Free Monday rhyme, which can be used to kick off the project and get them thinking.

  • Assembly
  • Citizenship
  • Literacy
  • PHSE
Meat Free Monday Rhyme

Let’s Go Shopping!

Children go on a class trip to a local supermarket/community shop/farmers’ market where they find fruit, vegetables and other foods which can replace meat.

  • Literacy
  • Maths
  • Science
  • Geography
Let’s Go Shopping Let’s Go Shopping: Investigation List (student worksheet)

Smoothie Bar

Children make simple, imaginative and nutritious drinks using fresh fruit and vegetables, fruit juice, milk/soya milk, milk/soya yoghurt and coconut milk.

  • Science
  • Literacy
  • ICT
  • PHSE
Smoothie Bar Smoothie Bar (teacher sheet)

Alpha-Bites: Alphabetical Food Chart

Children familiarise themselves with meat free foods and study the different nutrition groups.

  • Science
  • PHSE
  • Literacy
Alpha-Bites – Alphabetical Food Chart

Thinking About Animals

Children explore how humans’ feelings and needs are similar to those of other living beings.

  • Citizenship
Thinking About Animals Thinking About Animals (student worksheet)

 MFM Diary

Children keep a diary and write down their personal thoughts and opinions about Meat Free Monday.

  • Literacy
Meat Free Monday Diary Meat Free Monday Lunches (student worksheet)

 Poetry Comparison

Children compare two poems which promote contrasting views of meat free lifestyles. They go on to write their own poems.

  •  Literacy
Poetry Comparison Hot Dog: Think About It (student worksheet)

Vegan Delight: Think About It (student worksheet)

 

 Time to Cook

Children learn to create and cook two simple meat free dips – guacamole and hummus.

  • Literacy
  • PHSE

 

Time to Cook Time to Cook – Recipe Demo (teacher sheet)

 Meat Free Monday Through Music

Children use music to think about Meat Free Monday.

  • PHSE
  • Citizenship
  • Music
Meat Free Monday Through Music Meat Free Monday Through Music (student worksheet)

Meat Free Monday by Paul McCartney (song)

 Meat Free Monday Crossword

Children learn about the aims of Meat Free Monday through an interesting and challenging crossword puzzle.

  • Literacy
  • PHSE
Meat Free Monday Crossword Meat Free Monday Crossword (student worksheet)