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Material World

‘Material World’ uses Geography and Science to encourage upper KS2 pupils to explore the resources we find on our planet, how we use them and what we can do to conserve them and live in a more sustainable manner.

The pack integrates:

  •  exploration of materials
  •  geographical investigations and case studies
  •  deliberation of our ‘wants’ and ‘needs’
  •  exploration of the ethics of consumerism
  •  ideas for practical action

This pack consists of six lessons which are designed to run consecutively over a half term, or during a focussed topic week, culminating in a day of pupils taking action in their school or community.

Scroll down and click on the image for a preview of selected pages from this exciting resource. The full pack is available for FREE download by teachers in Devon schools. Simply log in to the Resources for Devon Teachers page (*registration required. Devon Teachers only).

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Below are some videos on the Circular Economy that may be useful:

'Wants and Needs' activity

There is a big difference between the things we 'want' and what we actually 'need' in order to survive. This 1.5 hour long activity explores everyday materials, the resources they are made from and the impact of how they are made.

It can be used as part of Geography, Science and Citizenship and is part of the Material World teaching pack.

What about Waste?

Literacy packs have been developed by an experienced KS2 teacher to develop pupils’ core literacy skills while extending their understanding of waste issues. One pack is for year 3 and 4 pupils, the other for pupils in year 5 and 6.

Both packs comprise of 10 clear and easy to use lesson plans and supporting documents, which address literacy objectives for KS2 pupils using the topical theme of rubbish and the 3Rs (Reduce, Reuse and Recycle).

Click on the images below for a preview of selected pages from these exciting new resources. The full packs are available for FREE download by teachers in Devon schools. Click here to log in to the Resources for Devon Teachers page (*registration required. Devon Teachers only).

What about Waste? for year 3 and 4

Curriculum areas covered are: explanation, instruction, persuasive writing, play script writing, play script performance, poetry writing and poetry performance.


What about waste? for year 5 and 6 below

Areas covered are: recount, instruction, explanation, persuasive writing, descriptive language, descriptive writing, poetry writing and poetry performance.



Litter Pack - new for Summer 2018

We have written a useful litter pack to help teachers and school staff organise litter picks or beach cleans and teach children about more about litter and the issues behind plastic in the oceans. The pack contains lesson plans for a series of five lessons, which could be taught as a week long topic, or one lesson a week throughout a term.

Devon County Council also has a set of child sized litter pickers that you can borrow for free. Contact lucy.mottram@devon.gov.uk for further details.

Do your bit - help Devon's countryside and beaches stay clean! Remember to dispose of your litter correctly - every bit you pick up is one less piece of rubbish entering our environment and harming wildlife.

​Download the whole pack here:

Litter Pack: Lesson Plans and Powerpoints

Download a set of five lesson plans about litter and the plastic pollution problem, along with Powerpoints you can use to help your teaching.

Written by a fully qualified teacher especially for schools in Devon and covering several parts of the National Curriculum in KS2 Science, Geography and Art, these lessons could form part of a week long topic on litter and plastic pollution, or use them as a weekly talking point or part of a half term's unit on Sustainability. Why not do a Beach Clean or Litter Pick with your class at the end of the topic?

Easy Guide to doing Beach Cleans and Litter Picks with your Class

Follow our easy 10 Step Guide to Beach Cleans and Litter Picks and organise one for your class. This set of downlaods includes information on how to contact landowners and beach managers and what to do with the rubbish, as well as template Risk Assessments.

This information is for school teachers in Devon and will be of limited help to anyone outside the county.

What can we do?

Download this Action Sheet to distribute to children and their families outlining simple things they can do to help resolve the plastic pollution and litter problem. Everything they do can have a positive impact on their environment, both locally and worldwide.