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Plastic Pollution (KS2)

Overview

Find out more about the impact of plastic on our oceans. Watch this introductory video and use our free resources.

 

Explore the importance of the oceans and the impact that plastic pollution is having on marine ecosystems with our free classroom resources aimed at KS2 pupils.

The resources will introduce pupils to the eXXpedition project, an all-female voyage that is travelling the world to conduct research and raise awareness of the issue of plastic pollution and its impact. The resources explore what plastic is and why it is so widely used. Pupils discover what actions are currently taking place to tackle plastic pollution, before being challenged to identify the skills and attributes they possess to become part of a positive movement of change.

The resource is split into three parts:

  • Part 1: The ocean and plastic
  • Part 2: The problem with plastic
  • Part 3: Saving the world

Each part lasts approximately 2 hours. Where schools choose to deliver each session on different days we would recommend these are delivered as close together as possible to ensure maximum impact. Alternatively the resource could be run as a ‘drop down day’ where the year group is taken off timetable for the entire day to focus on this topic. A suggested timetable for drop down day delivery has been included to help you.

“Plastic pollution and the scale of it is such a huge problem for our environment and it is so important that we educate, inspire and equip our young generation with the knowledge and tools that they could use to have a real impact in the future. The Young Citizens resources easily enable teachers to do this.”

–  Charlotte Preston, Y4 Teacher, Christchurch CofE Primary School, Purley. 

 

Acknowledgments:

This classroom resource was developed in partnership with international law firm Slaughter and May. Their support has enabled this specialist resource to be distributed to schools for free.

We are also hugely grateful to the team at eXXpedition for their support in the development of the content for this resource.

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