Teacher Pack – A Life on Our Planet


Complete teaching unit, including assessment, for A Life on Our Planet – David Attenborough. (2020 – directed by Alastair Fothergill, Jonnie Hughes and Keith Scholey)

‘This film is my witness statement and my vision of the future.’

The documentary, A Life on Our Planet, offers viewers an incredible insight into the life’s work of Sir David Attenborough, as he recounts his experiences and observations of the deterioration of the natural world over his 93 years on this planet.  His reflections about the state of the world are powerfully communicated and his vision for the future is compelling.

This comprehensive Teacher Pack – A Life on Our Planet equips educators with all that’s needed to deliver high-quality learning experiences which unpack the key messages of this important documentary film.

 Contents (4 digital/editable/printable files ready for immediate download and use):

  1. Teacher Guide (16 page .pdf)
  • Unit overview
  • Inquiry Questions
  • Suggested Lesson Outline
  • Teacher Answer Guide to Student Booklet
  • Assessment Tasks/Extension Activities information (including Focus Assessment Task – Film Festival Group Project)
  • Additional resources/links
  1. Student Booklet (14 page – .pdf/.doc formats):
  • Pre-viewing activities
  • During viewing activities
  • Post-viewing activities
  • Focus Assessment Task – Film Festival Group Project (including planner)
  • Other Assessment Tasks/Extension Activities (including Earthshot Prize task)
  • Additional resources
  1. Teaching PowerPoint (20 slide .pptx):
  • What is a documentary?
  • Pre-viewing, Viewing and Post-viewing resources (including links)
  • Assessment Options

Unit duration: 12+ lessons (including Film Festival Group Project)




  • Digital/editable/printable files delivered in a single zip file (2 x pdf, 1 x doc, 1 x pptx)
  • Professionally designed by an experienced educator
  • Highly visual and engaging
  • Suited to all learners
  • Crisp, clean layouts
  • A range of whole class, group work and individual learning resources

Please note:

This comprehensive pack has been designed for educators to use with the 2020 Netflix documentary, A Life on Our Planet, directed by Alastair Fothergill, Jonnie Hughes and Keith Scholey.  Access to view the film itself requires a Netflix account – www.netflix.com.  This is not included in the resource pack.

Curriculum Links:

The Teacher Pack can be linked to the following areas within the Australian National Curriculum:

  • English
  • Media Studies
  • Science
  • Geography

In addition, the Teacher Pack relates directly to the following General Capabilities within the Australian National Curriculum:

  • Critical and Creative Thinking
  • Personal and Social Capability
  • Ethical Understanding
  • Literacy

The Teacher Pack is also suggested for use as a supplementary text for the following senior (Years 11-12) subject areas:

  • English
  • Earth and Environmental Science
  • Geography
  • Film, Television and New Media

The film runs for 83 mins and has an official rating as PG13+.  Please check your country’s classification for this film prior to use with students.


  • $39 for an individual licence (with use strictly limited to the individual purchaser – ie. one teacher/one class)
  • $179 for a whole school licence (life-time – unlimited use allowed for all teachers/all classes at purchasing educational institution)

Additional information

License type

Individual, Whole school


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