How can I fit it in to our school curriculum?
All of our sessions and activities follow the current curriculum for your country (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland) across a range of subjects such as Citizenship, English, Maths, Science and ICT.
The activities can be built in to your existing curriculum, for example we have an activity where pupils create a tally chart - this can be delivered as part of your own Maths planning or as part of a wider topic based on pets.
Will it be a lot of extra work?
No, our aim is to provide you with everything you’ll need to run each session. Our PowerPoint presentations have extensive notes so there is no need for additional preparation and our lesson plans outline each session in an easy to follow, step-by-step manner. The activities have activity worksheets, where possible, and the evidence you need to supply in order to pass is straightforward and simple to upload.
If you live in a region where we have a Community and Education Veterinary Nurse, their visit will still count towards your points.
How long will it take me to complete?
There is no set time to complete the award. It has been designed to take no longer than one school year but it depends on the way your school works. Schools that want to concentrate on a pet topic as part of their curriculum may even complete the award over one school term.
If you're homeschooling, it depends on how often it is taught - most home schools can complete the award over a couple of weeks and schools who dedicate time to the award each week, could be awarded within a term.
Who can take part?
The award is open to anyone who would like to support PDSA by taking part. There is no minimum or maximum number of children.
We find that the award is popular amongst Primary Schools, Home Schools, Uniform Groups and Special Schools but it is not exclusive to these groups.
The resources are aimed at key stages 1 and 2 (ages 5-11) but can be easily adapted. If you are unsure whether the resources will be suitable for your child(ren), we advise you still sign up to gain access to the free resources. You are under no obligation to complete the award once you've signed up.
What forms of evidence are accepted?
We review each piece of evidence individually, so we’re happy for you to provide evidence in any way you can. It can be as simple as a photograph taken on your phone of either the worksheet or your child(ren) completing the task or a word document telling us what you did and when.
I don’t have a printer at home, can my child still take part?
Absolutely! All of our activities can be viewed on a computer, tablet or phone and we’re happy for them to be completed on scraps of paper. As long as your child has access to a digital device and pen and paper, they can take part.
What happens once we’ve completed the award?
Once the gold level has been completed, your school or child will be awarded with our ‘PetWise’ status.
Schools will be sent a high res image of the logo to display on your school’s website and any correspondence to parents. You’ll also be sent a certificate and a glass plaque to display in the main foyer/reception area.
Home Schools and individuals will be sent an e-certificate upon completion and a complimentary lanyard and pin badge for every child who took part.
The award lasts two years and then you are required to do a short refresher as a top up – this wouldn’t take more than a day or two to complete and would last a further two years.
We signed up as a home school but my child is going back to school, can we still continue with the award?
Yes, of course! Your child can continue to work on the award at home, outside of school hours, as an individual. If their school chooses to take part in the award, they will be given a separate account.
Got more questions?
If you have any more questions, our team will be happy to help! Drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.