Caged at what cost?

Key stage: 3/4

Subject / Area of learning:

  • Design and technology 
  • PSHE



Students should learn:

  • to form opinions and debate those opinions
  • to consider the ethical and moral issues that intensive farming can raise
  • about the different methods of egg production and how these affect the welfare of egg-laying hens
  • to understand that consumers have the power to improve the lives of farmed animals


At the end of this lesson:

  • most students will have a basic understanding of the three main methods of egg production used in the UK.
  • most students will have formed opinions and will understand that we can all make a different to the conditions in which animals are kept on farms
  • some students will know that some methods of farming are kinder than others
  • some students will have formed opinions and debated them. They will also be able to provide examples of a number of ways in which they as an individual can try to improve the lives of farm animals


Download the full lesson plan: Caged at what cost?


What's included in this lesson:

Starter activity  - help students to decide what they think about farm animals and how they should be treated.

Main activity - Laying hens: what do you know? 

Plenary activity - What can you do? Explore what individuals can do to try to improve the conditions in which farm animals are kept.

Extensions activities:

  • complete research into what is already being done by retailers to improve the welfare of laying hens
  • prepare a presentation for the rest of the the group to highlights this information
  • survey a local supermarket or bring in egg boxes to see if the labelling is clear
  • students can make their own illustration of what they think the three systems for keeping laying hens look like
  • design posts to highlight the health and welfare problems associated with battery cages