Carbon cycle lesson plan 7-11s

Explore how carbon moves throughout the climate system in the exciting illustrated story of Casey the carbon atom. Use the interactive game on carbon sinks and sources to reinforce learning. This activity should be run over two sessions to complete the whole lesson plan. Produced in collaboration with the Met Office.

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  • Age groups: 7-11s
  • Subjects: Geography, Science
  • Topics: Climate science

Curriculum links



Working scientifically

Pupils should be taught to:

  • ask relevant questions and use different types of scientific enquiries to answer them
  • set up simple practical enquiries, comparative and fair tests
  • make systematic and careful observations and, where appropriate, take accurate measurements using standard units, using a range of equipment, including thermometers and data loggers
  • record findings using simple scientific language, drawings, labelled diagrams, keys, bar charts, and tables

Living things and their habitats

Pupils should be taught to:

  • explore and use classification keys to help group, identify and name a variety of living things in their local and wider environment

States of Matter

Pupils should be taught to:

identify the part played by evaporation and condensation in the water cycle and associate the rate of evaporation with temperature


Human and physical geography



  • Science Planet Earth: SCN 2-04a, SCN 2-20b



  • Science Communication: 1, 2
  • The sustainable earth: 5
  • Enquiry: 2

Northern Ireland


  • The World Around Us
  • Interdependence, Movement and energy, Change over time