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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 scientifically

  • identifying and classifying


  • distinguish between an object and the material from which it is made
  • identify and name a variety of everyday materials, including wood, plastic, glass, metal, water, and rock
  • compare and group together a variety of everyday materials on the basis of their simple physical properties

KS2 Science

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 and use the term recycle

Identify and describe plastic, understanding that not all plastics look the same.

Identify plastic objects that can be recycled

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