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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.


  • Interpret bar charts and pictograms
  • Use pie charts


Working scientifically

  • recording data and results of increasing complexity: tables, bar graphs and pie charts
  • using test results to make predictions to set up further comparative tests
  • reporting and presenting findings from enquiries, including conclusions, causal relationships and explanations of and degree of trust in results, in oral and written forms such as displays and other presentations


  • Classify materials according to a variety of properties

Learning objectives

To count and sort objects

To create and interpret bar charts, pictograms or pie charts

To consider the impact of plastic litter and how waste might be reduced

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