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A stimulating and practical KS2 lesson to demonstrate the problems plastic and other harmful materials might pose for beak feeding animals (who accidentally ingest them when they ‘grab’ feed).

Curriculum coverage

NC references

Working Scientifically

  • asking relevant questions and using different types of scientific enquiries to answer them
  • making systematic and careful observations
  • gathering, recording, classifying and presenting data in a variety of ways to help in answering questions
  • reporting on findings from enquiries, including oral and written explanations, displays or presentations of results and conclusions
  • using straightforward scientific evidence to answer questions or to support their findings.

Animals, including humans

  • identify that animals, including humans, need the right types and amount of nutrition, and that they cannot make their own food; they get nutrition from what they eat – consider the impact of plastic pollution on animals’ ability to feed.

Learning objectives

To observe and consider the effects of plastic pollution on animals

To present evidence in a range of ways



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