Teaching Citizenship With our Book of the Month: The Selfish Sailor

Teaching Citizenship and the 3 R’s

Teaching Citizenship to primary pupils can present challenges because as a non-tangible and abstract subject it can be difficult for younger minds to get hold of.

So the choice of stimulus material used to teach the subject is critical.

And we’ve got a great pick here for teaching primary pupils, particularly those in EYFS about environmental awareness and the impact of our actions.

 The Selfish Sailor

The Selfish Sailor is happiest out at sea, but the sea life is not happy with his selfish ways.

This beautiful and touching book is an environmental rhyming story about a young sailor who discovers that the pollution he creates is hurtful to the creatures below the surface. Not only a great read for little ‘uns but an educational one too.



About The Author

As an Early Years teacher, I am lucky because I get to read picture books for a living. Not really! But I do love that this is a big part of my work.

I’ve seen the way a story lights up a child’s face and ignites their imagination, and I’ve experienced the endless teaching opportunities that come about through storytelling, even more, when the story rhymes.

Coming from New Zealand, a country where we were called Clean Green Kiwis as children, I began to understand the impact that humans have on the environment from a young age.

Children are impressionable and if words paired with artwork can make a child think about their actions in relation to others then I say

every child

in every school

in every home

should be read more stories that get them thinking about how they can preserve the environment.

– Rebecca Douglas

This delightful book is available now and can be delivered for Christmas! Check out The Selfish Sailor.

If you found this blog interesting and useful then you might be interested in seeing of our other free teaching resources and top tips for teachers which could be helpful for teaching citizenship. 

How do you teach the 3 r’s of reduce reuse and recycle?  Have you got any favourite resources you use that you’d recommend to other primary teachers? If so, why not share them here with the Prospero Community