Following on from Part 1. We thought about The Onceler’s quote: “How my business did grow. Now, chopping one tree at a time is too slow.”


  • Bottle lids
  • Pegs
  • Play dough
  • Grapat trees
  • Grimm’s rainbow (green arches)
  • Grimm’s water wave
  • Green school fleece
  • Cardboard box


Ioan made the ‘Thneed factory’ out of a cardboard box. He even decorated the inside so that you could see the cogs of the factory and more of the Onceler family’s hands.

As the factory got bigger, they chopped down the Truffula trees and the Lorax appeared.

We talked about why the Lorax spoke for the trees and all living things. We thought about times when we’ve had to speak up for other people.

We talked about the impacts of deforestation on the Bar-ba-loot Bears and the Swomee-Swans.

They thought more about the impact of the Thneed factory ‘biggering and biggering’ in Part 3.

DfES Early Learning Goals (2017)

Communication and language

ELG 01 – Listening and attention:

Children listen attentively in a range of situations. They listen to stories, accurately anticipating key events and respond to what they hear with relevant comments, questions or actions. They give their attention to what others say and respond appropriately, while engaged in another activity.

ELG 02 – Understanding:

Children follow instructions involving several ideas or actions. They answer ‘how’ and ‘why’ questions about their experiences and in response to stories or events.

ELG 03 – Speaking:

Children express themselves effectively, showing awareness of listeners’ needs. They use past, present and future forms accurately when talking about events that have happened or are to happen in the future. They develop their own narratives and explanations by connecting ideas or events.


ELG 09 – Reading:

Children read and understand simple sentences. They use phonic knowledge to decode regular words and read them aloud accurately. They also read some common irregular words. They demonstrate understanding when talking with others about what they have read.

Understanding the world

ELG 14 – The world:

Children know about similarities and differences in relation to places, objects, materials and living things. They talk about the features of their own immediate environment and how environments might vary from one another. They make observations of animals and plants and explain why some things occur, and talk about changes.

ELG 15 – Technology:

Children recognise that a range of technology is used in places such as homes and schools.

Expressive arts and design

ELG 17 – Being imaginative:

Children use what they have learnt about media and materials in original ways, thinking about uses and purposes. They represent their own ideas, thoughts and feelings through design and technology, art, music, dance, role-play and stories.