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FREE resources for schools

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All schools that register on the Plastic Clever Schools initiative get access to an interactive Pupil Workbook, teaching resources, worksheets and datasheets - all for FREE! Sign up here: KAP…

Plastic Citizen Project

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A project with the aim of engaging young people in exploring their perceptions of and researching what they feel are the key issues in the plastics circular economy. The project…

Environment discussion stimulus image

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Use this image as a discussion prompt or as part of the 'Where Does Plastic Go?' lesson

Incineration discussion stimulus image

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Use this image as a discussion prompt or as part of the 'Where Does Plastic Go?' lesson

Landfill discussion stimulus image

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Use this image as a discussion prompt or as part of the 'Where Does Plastic Go?' lesson

Recycling discussion stimulus image

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Use this image as a discussion prompt or as part of the 'Where Does Plastic Go?' lesson

Why we shouldn’t use single-use face masks (PPE)

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Every Month, 129 Billion Face Masks are dumped into our Environment According to French clean-up charity Opération Mer Propre “There risks being more masks than jellyfish,” But as the global…

Plastic Free July

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Every year millions of people around the globe take part in the Plastic Free July challenge, choosing to refuse single-use plastics and drastically reducing the amount of plastic waste ending…

Infographic – Toys and Plastic

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A colourful and engaging infographic explaining the environmental impact plastic toys can have on the environment. Credit: Stuart Loach, Envirotoy

Envirotoy – a plastic free toy shop

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Why did we set up a plastic free toy shop? By Stuart Loach, founder of Envirotoy. In the summer of 2019 I was deciding the next path to take in…

Global Youth Climate Strikes: Demand Action Now

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Youth have been protesting all around the world over inaction on climate change. Join a global movement pushing for change. Became a Youth Ambassador and learn more at realfoodsystems.org.

What is Climate Change?

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The Earth's climate has changed many times in response to natural factors. But over the course of the last century we have seen an unusual rise in the average global…

Global Warming – explained

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Global warming could do more than just melt polar ice. It could change our maps, and displace people from cities and tropical islands. An educational video from National Geographic.

Climate Change Learning Resources Bundle

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These resources were created by Paul Tyler (https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/paultyler) for a school open day and comprise 6 linked activities, which were done by groups of pupils in rotation. The resources could…

Learning about Climate Change

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What is Climate Change? Climate change is the long-term shift in average weather patterns across the world. Humans have contributed to the release of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases…

Kids Against Plastic talk about plastic and the airline industry

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Recorded at Geneva airport before Amy and Ella headed back home after presenting at the Young Activist Summit at the UN HQ on December 10th 2019.

Investigating Plastic Pollution in the Remote Islands of the Azores

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On a recent trip to the Portuguese islands of The Azores, the Kids Against Plastic team saw it not so much as a holiday, but an opportunity to investigate if…

Eliminating problem plastics… by 2020!

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The UK Plastics Pact are tackling the issue of problematic or unnecessary single-use plastic, changing how we make, use, reuse and recycle these items. 2020 is fast approaching... just over…

Plastic Microfibres – from washer to river to ocean

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Amy investigates what happens if  microfibres are released from our clothes when they are washed in a washing machine, and if they are, what happens to the fibres once they enter…

Will we recycle our way out of a plastic crisis?

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With the current governmental push for a deposit return scheme, and a continuous reliance on recycling as the answer to our plastic consumption, should we really be focussing all our…

Get drastic with your plastic

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Here are five easy ways you can reduce how much single-use plastic you use.

KS2 Upper – Workshop 4 – Learning about plastic

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Teacher Resources from The Environment Agency We're delighted to be able to share these Teacher Resources aimed at pupils in lower Key Stage 2. It is the fourth workshop in a series of four…

KS2 Lower – Workshop 3 – Learning about plastic

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Teacher Resources from The Environment Agency We're delighted to be able to share these Teacher Resources aimed at pupils in lower Key Stage 2. It is the third workshop in a series of four…

KS1 Upper – Workshop 2 – Learning about plastic

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Teacher Resources from The Environment Agency We're delighted to be able to share these Teacher Resources aimed at pupils in upper Key Stage 1. It is the second workshop in a series of…

KS1 Lower – Workshop 1 – Learning about plastic

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Teacher Resources from The Environment Agency We're delighted to be able to share these Teacher Resources aimed at pupils in lower Key Stage 1. It is the first workshop in a series of four…

Plastic Free Oceans – as you sow

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Big corporations that use billions of tonnes of single-use plastic a year globally are a BIG part of the single-use plastic disaster, but as this video shows, when shareholders demand…

KS2 Plastic Hazard

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A 'hands-on' (or should it be 'bands-on') practical lesson looking at how certain man-made material hazards (litter)  can restrict an animal's ability to feed properly. Curriculum coverage NC references Working Scientifically using straightforward…

KS2 Feeding Time

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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…

Margarita Talep develops algae-based alternative to single-use plastic packaging

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Chile-based designer Margarita Talep has created a sustainable, biodegradable alternative to single-use packaging, using raw material extracted from algae. Disappointed by the abundance of non-recyclable materials currently used to contain…

A Plastic Ocean Assembly for KS3 – ppt file

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A Powerpoint presentation made by students of Haydon Eco Club. The students created and used this as part of their KS2 / KS3 Transition Project. For more information about the…

Microfibres – problem and solution pt 2

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Part 2 of a two-part blog post about plastic microfibres that are shed from our everyday clothing and the impact they have on our rivers and oceans. Check out this…

Marine Conservation Society (MCS)

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The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) is the UK's leading marine environment, not-for-profit organisation. It works for the increased protection of the seas around the United Kingdom. It organises out hundreds of…

The Story of Microfibres

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Learn about the hidden horror that are man-made material microfibres - tiny pieces of plastic clothing fibres that get washed out of our clothes, and into our waterways, each time we wash…

Laundry ball that catches nasty microfibres

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'Cora Ball' was inspired by corals that filter ocean water. This laundry ball will help capture microfibres when you do your laundry. It can even pick up hair. This nature-inspired…

What’s the problem with microfibres?

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Every time we wash clothes that are made from man-made fibres they shed tiny micro plastics that make their way through our water treatment plants and into our oceans when…

The One Thing Missing from Beach Cleanups

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Cleanups are a great way to remove plastic pollution already on the beach, but how do we stop it from getting there in the first place? This short video explains…

The Story of Bottled Water

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The Story of Bottled Water, released on March 22, 2010 (World Water Day) employs the Story of Stuff style to tell the story of manufactured demand—how you get Americans to…

What is sustainable development?

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A short animated film produced by the production company «Animaskin» for UNICEF Norway and the UN Association of Norway to support Sustainable Development learning via unicef.no/skole/barekraft. What is Sustainable Development?…

Tell Everybody

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There's never been a more appropriate time to remind everybody about the UN Global Goals and the need to learn about them, raise awareness, and most importantly ... to DO…

12,000 tons of rubbish collected from an Indian beach

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Volunteers have removed an astonishing 12 million kilograms (nearly 12,000 tons) of plastic from a short stretch of a Mumbai beach. But their efforts will be in vain unless the…

A message for kids, from kids (against plastic)

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Amy and Ella recorded this video a couple of years ago when they were invited to speak in schools around the UK but couldn't make it. The girls might look…

School Uniforms made from plastic bottles

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David Luke make Eco school uniforms from plastic bottles, turning waste into up cycled stylish and practical clothing. This film shows how they now have the ability to make sweatshirts, cardigans,…

Plastics – how are they recycled?

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See how plastic bottles can be recycled and what they can be turned into. This animation showing how plastic bottles can be recycled is brought to you by recyclenow.com.

King of the Trash Hill

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A thought-provoking photograph showing a bulldozer working on a landfill site.

Reusable water bottles with built-in filtration

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Could reusable water bottles with built-in purification filters offer more than just a travel solution? Would their use reduce the number of plastic bottles sold and littered? Find out more…

A message from the deep

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A short but very powerful film about how a whale  - dying from plastic ingestion - is seemingly trying to communicate this (and perhaps more) to the humans that found…

How much plastic is in our oceans?

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Worldwide, humans produce 260 million tonnes of plastic each year. Plastic does not decompose over time so much of our waste plastic ends up in the ocean. Maddie Moate explains…

What happens to plastic you throw away?

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We’ve all been told that we should recycle plastic bottles and containers. But what actually happens to the plastic if we just throw it away? Emma Bryce traces the life…

The Plastic Bank – social plastic

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The Plastic Bank is a for-profit social enterprise that makes plastic waste a currency to help reduce global poverty while stopping plastic from entering the ocean. By recycling plastic collected from…

Sky invests in plastic bottle solution

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Sky News looks at a new project that could help tackle the global plastic pollution crisis. But is this the solution to replace single-use plastic bottles? Take a look and…

Plastic Microfibres Slideshow

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Plastic microfibres slideshow Every time we wash our clothes in the washing machine, thousands of plastic microfibres are shed, entering the rinse water. When the fibres leave the washing machine,…

How to make the UK a Plastic Clever Nation

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Be Plastic Clever We all have a part to play in contributing towards turning the plastic tide. In our TEDx talk at Exeter, Kids Against Plastic set out their Plastic…

Plastic Clever Scouts and Guides

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Case study and guide for becoming a Plastic Clever Guide or Scout Group Thanks to Hannah Marsh and the 1st Thatcham Guides, we have just made available a case study and…

Kids Against Plastic Grill supermarket boss

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When Amy and Ella grilled Iceland supermarket boss about its use of plastic packaging.

Puffin carrying plastic

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The Shiant Isles are home to large populations of seabirds, including thousands of Puffins, Guillemots and Razorbills found on the cree slopes of the island Garbh Eilean. The islands are…

Albatrosses are ingesting plastic

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Concerns about plastic pollution and specifically how it is affecting the health of Albatrosses. A short film made by Blue Planet II.

Microplastics found in mussels

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100 Pieces of Plastic

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A Key Stage 1 maths lesson based round the collection of 100 pieces of plastic litter. With linked Lesson Resource. Curriculum coverage: Maths Write numbers to 100 Know number facts to…

6 Reasons not to buy bottled water – film

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As part of our Clear Plastic UK project inspired by the UN's Global Goals we have been learning about the environmental and social impact of our use and abuse of…

Drones used in fight against plastic pollution on UK beaches

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A new initiative is combining drones, tidal studies and navigation technology to try and work out where the millions of tonnes of plastic we dump in the sea ends up.…

Intere’sting’ Facts and Information about Rays and Skates

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What's the difference between a 'ray' and a 'skate'? Find out with this intere'sting' non-fiction poster. Credit: The Deep, Hull.

Writing Ideas for KS1

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A KS1 lesson guide to develop writing skills within a range of different text types, including: poetry, persuasive writing, newspaper articles and more. Curriculum relevance  Develop positive attitudes towards and stamina for…

Investigating Plastic Pollution – The Basics

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An excellent video by Algalita a non-profit organisation dedicated to the protection of the marine environment. The video covers plastic (as a material) the issues associated with plastic pollution, and some…

Finn the Fortunate Tiger Shark and his Fantastic Friends

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A funny audiobook, written by Georgina Stevens, narrated by Jeremy Irons, about a Tiger Shark named Finn, who gets into a spot of bother.  Also featuring a brand new, beautiful…

KS2 Writing Ideas

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A KS2 lesson guide to develop writing skills within a range of different text types, including: poetry, persuasive writing, newspaper articles and more. Curriculum coverage NC references Write accurately, fluently, effectively and at…

The UN Global Goals

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A lesson guide that introduces the UN Global Goals as a stimulus for learning about environmental and humanitarian issues, leading to the pupils thinking about they can contribute towards the…

Trash Islands

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A lesson that uses research about the Great Pacific Trash Island (gyre) to investigate the effects of plastic pollution. Curriculum coverage KS2 Science Working scientifically reporting and presenting findings from enquiries…in…

Reading Comprehension – text

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A non-fiction text about plastic pollution that supports the Reading Comprehension Lesson Guide.

Reading Comprehension

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A KS2 reading comprehension about plastic pollution and its effects. NC references Spoken Language: articulate and justify answers, arguments and opinions give well-structured descriptions, explanations and narratives for different purposes, including…

Pros and Cons – lesson resource

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A lesson resource to support the linked lesson Pros and Cons of Plastic.  

Pros and Cons

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A KS2 lesson that encourages pupils to consider the Pros and Cons of plastic before making and justifying a personal opinion about the positive and negatives associated with plastic. This…

Plastic Quiz – lesson resource

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A lesson resource for the lesson Plastic Quiz.  

Plastic Quiz

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A hands-on activity that requires the application of knowledge and skills to classify a selection of products based on whether they contain plastic or not. The work on 'environmental impact', 'recyclability' and…

Plastic Recycling Process

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How is plastic recycled? And is all recycling a good thing? Just two of the themes covered in this KS2 lesson about properties and changes in materials. This lesson has a…

Plastic Recycling Process – lesson resource

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A resource to support the lesson guide Plastic Recycling Process.  

Plastic Pioneers

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An interesting lesson about the different groups / scientists that lead the early work that led to the creation of plastic, and how evidence is used to support or refute…

Plastic Facts

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A KS2 lesson that focuses on developing speaking and listening skills and how to use facts and figures during discussions and debates. English: Spoken Language listen and respond appropriately to…

Nappy Testing

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A practical investigation saturated with interesting science, and one that has a thought-provoking environmental follow up activity. National Curriculum Relevance taking measurements, using a range of scientific equipment, with increasing accuracy and…

Material Sort

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A KS2 lesson on exploring and classifying objects in different ways, such as by biodegradability and recyclability, and whether made-made or natural. Science Working scientifically gathering, recording, classifying and presenting data…

Making Plastic – lesson resource

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This lesson resource is associated with the linked lesson:  Making Plastic - Lesson Guide.

Making Plastic

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Learn about the material that is plastic (it's properties, how it is made) and ask whether it is OK to discard items made from it. This lesson has a linked…

Recycling Plastics

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A KS2 lesson guide that helps develop an understanding of key terms like 'recycling' and 'recyclable' through recording and interpreting, and classifying data. Maths Interpret bar charts and pictograms Use pie…

Decomposing Time

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A lesson idea to encourage investigative and enquiry skills around the theme of decomposition of different materials. The learning culminates in giving opportunities for pupils to develop important presentation skills. KS2…

Alternative Snacks

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After some tasty research and investigation into snacks and packaging, pupils create and then advertise their own (plastic clever) snacks to sell in school. English: Spoken Language give well-structured descriptions,…

100 Pieces of Plastic – lesson resource

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A resource to support the Key Stage 1 maths lesson guide '100 Pieces of Plastic'.

Plastic is killing marine wildlife

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The Sky Ocean Rescue campaign has been working hard to highlight the impact of plastics on marine life, from bottles to microbeads. This film warns us of how significant and disturbing the impact of…

Information Poster About Swordfish

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An amazing visual resource introducing and explaining about Swordfish (and their rostrum). Credit: The Deep, Hull.

Information Poster About Coral

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A colourful poster showing the current state of coral in the oceans. Credit: The Deep, Hull.

Litter Pics

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A selection of images showing litter in the environment to show just how ubiquitous plastic pollution is, and how - once you start looking for it - you find it everywhere.…

Water Bottles – lesson resource

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A resource to support the lesson guide 'Water Bottles - lesson guide'.

Water Bottles – lesson guide

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A KS1 lesson that helps pupils to identify different types of plastic: single use vs reusable, and the skills associated with using data to answer questions and persuade. Curriculum coverage Maths interpret…

Plastic Recycling – lesson guide

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A lesson guide suitable for KS1 and KS2 that looks at the term 'recycling' and how this applies to (or not) different materials such as plastic. Curriculum coverage KS1 Science Working…

Plastic Recycling – lesson resource

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A lesson resource linked to the lesson guide 'Plastic Recycling'.

Plastic Hazards

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A lesson guide to help encourage an understanding of the hazards presented to natural environments and living things by plastic pollution. Curriculum coverage KS1 Science Working scientifically using their observations and…

Material Sort

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A lesson to encouraging investigation, discussion around different materials, with a focus on plastics. Curriculum coverage Key Stage 1 Science identifying and classifying distinguish between an object and the material from…

Material Choices

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Investigating materials based on their properties and making decisions about the suitability of materials for different contexts and situations. Curriculum coverage Science KS1- identifying and classifying KS1- performing simple tests…

Reading Comprehension – lesson guide

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A reading comprehension lesson guide using the linked non-fiction text about plastic pollution. Curriculum coverage Spoken Language: articulate and justify answers, arguments and opinions give well-structured descriptions, explanations and narratives for different purposes,…

Reading Comprehension – text

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A non-fiction text about plastic pollution that supports the Reading Comprehension Lesson Guide.  

Litter pick and sort

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A Key Stage 1 lesson involving collection, sorting and interpreting litter data found in the school playground. Curriculum coverage Maths Interpret simple tables & pictograms Ask & answer comparison questions…

Which Materials Biodegrade?

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A Key Stage 1/ 2  investigation into the biodegradability of plastic. Curriculum coverage Working scientifically KS1 observe closely using their observations and ideas to suggest answers to questions gathering and…

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