Netflix documentary series Our Planet, narrated by Sir David Attenborough, introduces children to the beauty of nature while exploring the impact of climate change on the planet’s wildlife
Each fortnight, MCC co-founder Sara Khaled selects a fun or educational TV show that has caught her eye; tried and tested by her four young children. This week, Sarah takes a look at Our Planet, an inspirational British-made wildlife documentary series focusing on the beauty of Earth and the effect humans have on the environment around them.
Show: Our Planet
Platform and streaming: Netflix
Age: 6 to teenage (although bear in mind that nature can be brutal, so watch out for the odd graphic scene)
Narrated by veteran British broadcaster and natural historian Sir David Attenborough, this series looks not only at the wonders of nature but this time at the impact of climate change on the planet’s wildlife and the desperate need for conservation. Taking four years to film in more than 50 countries, the stunning series was not made specifically for children, but the breadth of information, both factual and visual, is an education in itself.
This series was made for Netflix by the team that produced the BBC’s The Blue Planet and Planet Earth and premiered in London in 2019 with Prince Charles and Princes William and Harry attending. Episodes are fairly long, at an average 45 mins, but could easily be watched in bite-sized chunks to accommodate a younger child’s shorter attention span.
Why we love it
- This can be watched on many levels. Younger children will adore the animals, while older ones will grasp the points about conservation.
- The gentle voice of David Attenborough presents hard facts in a soft manner. He is not trying to give small children nightmares but to introduce them to the beauty of the planet on which they live.
- The cinematography is stunning! A truly excellent introduction to the sheer wonder of the planet.
- The educational value is huge. Even if children do not understand all of the conservation issues, the series is like a geography and biology course crammed into one beautifully shot package.
- Parents might learn a thing or two as well!
Watch the trailer
About the author
Sara Khaled is based in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, where she lives with her husband and four young children, aged between 6 months and 10 years old. A public health graduate of King Saud University, Sara is a co-founder of Moon Community Club, and passionate advocate of causes that promote social development.