PSHE KS1/KS2: Who owns the sky?

A story about a community of fisher-people whose livelihoods depend on a river that dries up, which explores the concept of ownership of natural resources and whether they can be shared and even stolen.

This short film encourages children to consider if and how natural resources like water can be owned and what happens when one community benefits from it at the expense of another, and is adapted from a story by Jason Buckley.

This short film is from the BBC series, What Makes Me, Me? And Other Interesting Questions.

Teacher Notes

This short film could be used as a lesson starter for a philosophical discussion about the sharing of natural resources.

Pupils could watch the clip in parts with pauses for discussion, using the questions at the end of each part, or you could work with the children to create your own.

Children could be encouraged to consider whether it is possible to own natural resources and, if so, how should they be shared.

Further questions could include: "Should you put your own family or community before another family or community that you don’t know?", at the end of part 2.

Children could be encouraged to add reason in their answers, to explain their opinions and to present alternative viewpoints, in order to stimulate deeper thought and discussion.

Encourage children to agree or disagree without judging, and move the discussion forward by asking for new thoughts.

Curriculum Notes

This short film will be relevant for teaching PSHE at KS1 and KS2 in England and Wales, and 1st and 2nd levels in Scotland.

More from What Makes Me, Me? And Other Interesting Questions:

Am I always responsible for my actions?
What makes me, me?
What’s fair?
Why should I be good?