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Plastic Smart

Look into the future of our planet! We will talk about one of the most topical problems currently faced by our environment; but what exactly is the problem with plastic? How much plastic are we using worldwide and what happens to it when we throw it away? Investigate the impacts on our environment and look at the alternatives to discover how we can prevent plastic from becoming a future fossil. Pupils will carry out a range of activities to ascertain where plastic waste comes from, what the main impacts are on the environment, marine life and humans and get creative with reducing, reusing and recycling, to figure out the alternatives of living more sustainable lifestyles.

You may also wish to explore this topic outside - see the Outdoor Learning section of our website for more information!

Learning Outcomes:


Listening and Talking—Tools for listening and talking - When I engage with others, I can respond in ways appropriate to my role, show that I value others’ contributions and use these to build on thinking.

LIT 2-02a  

Finding and using information - I can select ideas and relevant information, organise these in an appropriate way for my purpose and use suitable vocabulary for my audience.

LIT 2-06a

I can show my understanding of what I listen to or watch by responding to literal, inferential, evaluative and other types of questions, and by asking different kinds of questions of my own. LIT 2-07a


Having determined which calculations are needed, I can solve problems involving whole numbers using a range of methods, sharing my approaches and solutions with others. MNU 2-03a


I can use my knowledge of the interactions and energy flow between plants and animals in ecosystems, food chains and webs. I have contributed to the design or conservation of a wildlife area. SCN 2-02a

 I can report and comment on current scientific news items to develop my knowledge and understanding of topical science. SCN 2-20b