The Natural World

A specially selected programme of films featuring positive stories about The Natural World

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What does The Natural World mean to you? Is it just dogs, cats, lions, tigers, dolphins and other animals? Or do you think of habitats like the desert, the jungle and the ocean? Maybe environmental issues immediately spring to mind, from the impact of single-use plastics to unpredictable weather patterns.

However you view The Natural World, we can all agree that there is a diverse, extraordinary world out there to be explored but also cared for. The films in this strand are key to opening up discussions about The Natural World that exists around us.

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Films that are part of The Natural World

2040

CertPG

Age group7–14

Duration92 mins

2040(2019)

Environmental documentary from a filmmaker who attempts to find existing solutions to the climate crisis to provide a better world for his daughter.

This film deals with topics such as food & health, the environment and technology, and links to subjects including Design & Technology, Science and Geography.

Abominable

CertU

Age group5–14

Duration97 mins

Abominable(2019)

Teenage dreamer Yi finds a Yeti on her rooftop in Shanghai and resolves to unite him back with his family at the highest point on Earth.

This film deals with topics such as folk and fairy tales, Asian countries and the environment, and links to subjects including Citizenship and Geography.

The Angry Birds Movie 2

CertU

Age group5–11

Duration97 mins

The Angry Birds Movie 2(2019)

In this colourful sequel, The Angry Birds and the Bad Piggies must work together to protect their islands from a possible ice age.

This film deals with topics such as friendship, animals and the environment, and links to subjects including PSHE Education.

The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales...

CertU

Age group5–11

Duration83 mins

The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales...(2017)

A trio of animated short stories involving a bunch of witty farmyard animals.

This film deals with topics such as animals, storytelling and friendships, and links to subjects including Art & Design and PSHE Education.

The Biggest Little Farm

CertPG

Age group7–16

Duration91 mins

The Biggest Little Farm(2018)

Documentary about a married couple who follow their dream of creating a sustainable farm over eight years.

This film deals with topics such as food and health, animals, and the environment, and links to subjects including Science, Geography and Design & Technology.

Birds of a Feather

CertU

Age group5–11

Duration91 mins

Birds of a Feather(2019)

When Manou discovers he is a swift bird and not a seagull like the rest of his family, he is swept away on a grand adventure.

This film deals with topics such as growing up, family and animals, and links to subjects including Biology, PSHE Education and Art & Design.

Charlotte's Web

CertU

Age group5–11

Duration93 mins

Charlotte's Web(2006)

Charlotte's Web, adapted from the popular children's novel, captures the magic of a wonderful friendship between a pig and a spider.

This film deals with topics such as community, life and death, and animals, and links to subjects including Literacy and PSHE Education.

Children of the Snow Land

CertPG

Age group11–16

Duration93 mins

Children of the Snow Land(2018)

Children from the rural Himalayas, who have been sent to school in the city, begin a perilous journey home after 12 years away from their families.

This film deals with topics such as growing up, Asian countries and the environment, and links to subjects including Geography, PSHE Education and Citizenship.

A Dog's Way Home

CertPG

Age group7–11

Duration94 mins

A Dog's Way Home(2019)

A dog travels 400 miles through the Colorado wilderness as she looks to reunite with her owner.

This film deals with topics such as animals, travel and exploration, and family, and links to subjects including Literacy and PSHE Education.

The Impossible

Cert12A

Age group11+

Duration108 mins

The Impossible(2012)

An emotionally harrowing disaster movie based on the true story of a family's struggle for survival in the aftermath of a huge Tsunami.

This film deals with topics such as family, life and death, and the environment, and links to subjects including Geography, History and PSHE Education.

March of the Penguins 2: The Next Step

CertU

Age group5–14

Duration74 mins

March of the Penguins 2: The Next Step(2017)

Documentary in which a young emperor penguin, driven by his instincts, embarks upon one of the animal kingdom’s most perilous journeys.

This film deals with topics such as animals, Antarctica and the environment, and links to subjects including Geography and Biology.

A Minuscule Adventure

CertU

Age group5–11

Duration92 mins

A Minuscule Adventure(2018)

A visually arresting animation in which a ladybird is accidentally shipped off to the Caribbean, leading to his best friend setting out to rescue him.

This film deals with topics such as bugs, travel and exploration, and friendships, and links to subjects including Art & Design, Biology and Geography.

Missing Link

CertPG

Age group7–11

Duration95 mins

Missing Link(2019)

An ambitious explorer discovers a talkative, lonely creature, beginning an adventure that takes them to a mythical land.

This film deals with topics such as folk and fairy tales, equality and the environment, and links to subjects including Geography, Biology and PSHE Education.

Peter Rabbit

CertPG

Age group7–11

Duration95 mins

Peter Rabbit(2018)

Adapted from the beloved children’s books by author Beatrix Potter in which a plucky rabbit tries to sneak into a farmer’s vegetable garden.

This film deals with topics such as animals, authors and characters, and friendships, and links to subjects including Literacy.

Pick of the Litter

CertPG

Age group5–14

Duration81 mins

Pick of the Litter(2018)

Canine documentary following five Labrador puppies as they train for two years to become guide dogs for the blind and partially sighted.

This film deals with topics such as animals, disabilities and inclusion, and friendships, and links to subjects including Careers, PSHE Education and Biology.

The Queen's Corgi

CertPG

Age group7–11

Duration85 mins

The Queen's Corgi(2019)

Belgian animation in which the queen’s most beloved dog must find his way back to the palace after being betrayed by his fellow corgi.

This film deals with topics such as animals, friendships and anti-bullying, and links to subjects including PSHE Education.

The Red Turtle

CertPG

Age group11+

Duration81 mins

The Red Turtle(2016)

A reflective, dialogue-free animation which sees a man encounter a strange red turtle after becoming stranded on a desert island.

This film deals with topics such as aquatic life, storytelling and growing up, and links to subjects including Art & Design, Geography and PSHE Education.

The Secret Life of Pets 2

CertU

Age group5–11

Duration86 mins

The Secret Life of Pets 2(2019)

An overprotective family dog must learn to conquer his fears when his family takes him on holiday to the countryside.

This film deals with topics such as animals, family and rural locations, and links to subjects including PSHE Education.

Smallfoot

CertU

Age group5–11

Duration96 mins

Smallfoot(2018)

Musical animated comedy about a yeti convinced that, contrary to what he’s been told, the mysterious creatures known as “humans” really do exist.

This film deals with topics such as community, storytelling and mythology, and links to subjects including Art & Design and PSHE Education.

A Stork's Journey

CertU

Age group5–11

Duration82 mins

A Stork's Journey(2017)

An orphaned sparrow raised by storks attempts the long migration south for the winter with his adopted family.

This film deals with topics such as animals, growing up and family, and links to subjects including Biology, Art & Design and PSHE Education.

Two By Two (Oops, Noah is Gone!)

CertU

Age group5–7

Duration85 mins

Two By Two (Oops, Noah is Gone!)(2015)

A colourful and funny take on the tale of Noah’s Ark when some animals are left behind.

This film deals with topics such as mythology, animals and community, and links to subjects including Geography, Literacy and Religious Education.

Under the Sea 3D

CertU

Age group5–14

Duration41 mins

Under the Sea 3D(2009)

This visually arresting film explores some of the world’s most remote oceans, teaching the importance of keeping them clean for future generations.

This film deals with topics such as travel and exploration, aquatic life and technology, and links to subjects including Biology and Geography.

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