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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 ‘sustainability’ make this a rich and engaging lesson.

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Curriculum coverage


Working scientifically

  • gathering, recording, classifying and presenting data in a variety of ways to help in answering questions


  • Classify materials according to a variety of properties

Learning objectives

Understand that plastic can be hidden in many products

Classify materials, using suitable recording

Ask questions and justify answers

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