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Devon County Council works with Resource Futures to deliver a wide range of workshops, assemblies, resources, training and visits to support teachers to embed the 3Rs  (Reduce, Reuse and Recycle) into the curriculum and everyday school life.

Our popular and lively workshops develop pupils’ understanding of local and global environmental issues, equipping them with the skills they will need as responsible consumers in the future. Exploring a wide range of topical subjects including food waste, Energy from Waste (EfW), and the advantages and disadvantages of packaging, we support a wide range of curriculum areas, including english, maths, science, PSHE, geography and music. Pupils are encouraged to share their learning with their families and friends, ensuring that the impact of the programme is spread beyond the school gates.

Further information about the range of workshops can be found by clicking on the blue 'workshop' tab above.

Costs

A days visit consists of up to three workshops and, if requested, an assembly. The cost of the day (regardless of academy status) is subsidised by Devon County Council and will cost the school £65 + VAT.

Independent / privately funded schools within Devon can still book workshops but their cost will not be subsidised; they will pay £220 + VAT.

Download our primary and secondary Waste Education brochures below.

Contact: If you have any questions, or would like to make a booking, contact us on 07944 791971 or email.

If you are interested in booking a visit to a recycling centre or EfW plant then click here for more information.

Recycling at Home Game - KS3/4

An active game needing plenty of space and energy! Pupils learn about their local recycling collections while developing essential team work skills. Can be customised to suit your school’s priorities and Action Plan.

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Links to: PSHE

Batteries and Alternative Circuits - KS2

A chance to investigate how batteries work, including making a circuit and creating electricity using the power of fruit and vegetables! Pupils consider the environmental impact of batteries, and discuss how to reduce, reuse and recycle them.

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Links to: Science

Recycling at Home Game - KS2

An active game needing plenty of space and energy! Pupils learn about their local recycling collections while developing essential team work skills. Can be customised to suit your school’s priorities and Action Plan.

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Links to: PSHE

Minibeasts in the Compost Bin - Foundation, Y1

An active session of movement and fun! Imagining the school as a huge compost bin, pupils are transformed into wiggling worms, scuttling centipedes and slimy snails.

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Links to: Understanding the world, Physical development.

Love Food Hate Waste - Y5, Y6

Pupils investigate the fascinating journey our food takes to reach our plates, and explore the environmental impacts of throwing food in the bin. They plan how to spread the ‘Love Food Hate Waste’ message.
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Links to: Geography

Compost and Growing Plants KS1 - Y2

(March - October)

Pupils explore how minibeasts living in a compost bin help to recycle the nutrients in green waste, making compost to help more plants grow. They plant a seed in a reused pot and investigate fresh compost teeming with minibeasts.

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Links to: Science

Recycled Materials Challenge - KS2

A fascinating workshop in which pupils consider the natural resources used to make everyday items and the new objects that these can be recycled into.
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Links to: Science

Materials - Y1, Y2

A ‘rubbish’ feelie bag allows children to explore the properties of materials before deciding whether they should be put in the bin, recycled or reused. Moving around the classroom, they act out the recycling of a tin can before making a fridge magnet to take home.

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Links to: Science

Assemblies

An assembly is a great way to get reduce,reuse and recycling messages to the whole school, motivating all pupils and staff to play their part in reducing waste. Our Waste Education Officers deliver a wide range of assemblies, customised to reflect your school’s priorities and can help kick start a school project. We can work with your Eco Team to plan and deliver an assembly, or if time is short you can leave all the planning to us.

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Waste Electrical Wheels - Y2

Children learn about recycling Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE), and create a 3D bar chart to discover just how many electrical items they have at home. They make an information wheel containing interesting facts and practical advice to share with their families.

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Links to: Maths

Waste Audits - KS2

Pupils analyse contents of your school's bins, then make an action plan to improve your Reduce, Reuse and Recycle systems. The audit is then repeated to monitor how successfully your plans have been implemented. There are different kinds of waste audits you can do:

  • Packed Lunch Waste Audit ~ Investigation of waste created from packed lunches. Focusing on reducing, pupils discuss the advantages and disadvantages of packaging, reusable bottles and containers.
  • Recycling Audit ~ Could your school save money by reusing paper more effectively before you recycle it? This audit will help you find out.

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Links to: Maths, ICT, Geography, PSHE

Wild Waste Walks KS1

This story workshop is delivered outside in your school grounds.

Using props and natural resources, children adventure with the 'Captain' over the ocean discovering the impacts of plastics and marine litter on the way. Can they take action to save our seas?!

 

Feeling inspired by the 'Blue Planet' series? We can extend your workshop by helping to organise a beach clean or litter pick of your local area (these are also available as stand-alone activities). 

Please ensure pupils are dressed appropriately.

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Links to: Literacy

Compost and Growing Plants KS2 - Y3

(March - October)

Pupils explore how minibeasts living in a compost bin help to recycle the nutrients in green waste, making compost to help more plants grow. They plant a seed in a reused pot and investigate fresh compost teeming with minibeasts.

Enquire now

Links to: Science

Wild Waste Walks KS2

This story workshop is delivered outside in your school grounds.

Using props and natural resources, children adventure with the 'Captain' over the ocean discovering the impacts of plastics and marine litter on the way. Can they take action to save our seas?!

 

Feeling inspired by the 'Blue Planet' series? We can extend your workshop by helping to organise a beach clean or litter pick of your local area (these are also available as stand-alone activities). 

Please ensure pupils are dressed appropriately.

Enquire now

Links to: Literacy

Impact Days

Our team of experienced waste educators will take the stress out of running off-timetable days, often known as Deep Learning or Challenge Days. Our dynamic Impact Days allow a large number of students to explore a range of issues surrounding sustainability and waste.

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Material World Workshop - Y5, Y6

Pupils are encouraged to explore how we use the Earth’s resources and what actions we can take to live in a more sustainable manner. We can deliver this as a stand-alone workshop or to act as a springboard to a series of 6 free-to-download lesson plans, as part of our Material World pack.

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Links to: Science, Geography

Papermaking

Get creative while learning about what happens to the paper you put in your recycling box at home and at school. We’ll bring everything we need to set up a ‘paper recycling factory’ in your school, allowing pupils to get hands- on experience of the recycling process. Each pupil will make their own hand-made piece of paper to take home.

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Links to: Science, Art and Design

Compost Bin Habitat - Y4, Y5, Y6

(March - October)
Pupils meet the amazing organisms of the compost bin habitat, and learn how they are adapted to its dark, damp conditions.

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Links to: Science

Waste Audits - KS3/4

Pupils analyse contents of your school's bins, then make an action plan to improve your Reduce, Reuse and Recycle systems. The audit is then repeated to monitor how successfully your plans have been implemented. There are different kinds of waste audits you can do:

  • Packed Lunch Waste Audit ~ Investigation of waste created from packed lunches. Focusing on reducing, pupils discuss the advantages and disadvantages of packaging, reusable bottles and containers.
  • Recycling Audit ~ Could your school save money by reusing paper more effectively before you recycle it? This audit will help you find out.

Enquire now

Links to: Maths, ICT, Geography, PSHE

The 4R's: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Recover - Y5, Y6

Stay up-to-date with topical waste issues! Pupils learn about the 4th R, ‘Recover’, and debate the advantages and disadvantages of incinerating our rubbish in Energy from Waste (EfW) plants, instead of burying it in a landfill site.

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Links to: Science, Citizenship

Waste Education Programme follow on activities

We know that our Waste Education workshops leave pupils and teachers buzzing with new ideas and keen to learn more about the 3Rs. The resources below have been developed to help teachers build on the input from our Waste Education team, extending pupils’ understanding of waste issues and supporting a particular area of the national curriculum.

To find out more about coming on a trip to one of our EfW facilities click here.

Sustainability Educators

For further details about the Waste Education Programme or to make a booking contact:

If your school is in Teignbridge, Exeter or Torridge

Demelza Annison

demelza.annison@resourcefutures.co.uk

07827 932269

If your school is in Mid Devon, North Devon, East Devon or a secondary school

Sally Jackson

sally.jackson@resourcefutures.co.uk

07903 037462

If your school is in West Devon, South Hams, Plymouth or Torbay

Alex Mack

alex.mack@resourcefutures.co.uk

07944 791971

Devon County Council

For general enquiries about the Waste Education programme contact:

Bobby Hughes

Senior Waste Management Officer

bobby.hughes@devon.gov.uk 

01392 383121

Your Local Council

For practical advice about setting up / improving a recycling collection from your school contact:

East Devon 01395 571515
Exeter 01392 665027
Mid Devon 01884 233105
North Devon 01271 318508
South Hams 01803 861199
Teignbridge 0800 7310323
Torridge 01237 428734
West Devon 01822 813520
Plymouth 01752 668000
Torbay 01803 701310 (TOR2)