Microplastics up Snowdon

Lake and mountains

This lesson plan will help students from Y5 to Y8 evaluate and assess some recent news stories from the waste industry, understanding what is going on and what might be happening behind the scenes when we read things online.

See more about improving digital and media literacy for KS2 and KS3 students on our PSHE and Life Skills related page on media literacy.

The activity here will help improve students’ critical thinking skills as they compare different types of information about microplastics found in a lake on Mount Snowdon.

Microplastics are released from plastic clothing (ie. clothes made from nylon, polyester – especially fleece – and acrylic) when they are washed, making their way into the environment through water courses and drains. Some microplastics may also be released into the air during active wear. Microplastics are invisible to the naked eye but can be seen under a microscopes. Spectral analysis can find out the type of plastic, and sometimes point to a source of the pollution.

Download Lesson Plan on Digital Literacy: Microplastics on Snowdon

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Food Waste Worksheets

We all rely on the science of materials every day as it tells us which are the best materials to use for different things – like not using chocolate to make teapots, or glass to make trampolines. It also shows us how to dispose or recycle items safely and sustainably at the end of their lives.

Food is vital and a precious resource, so isn’t it crazy that we waste about a third of all food produced! Check out our resource pages to find out more about Food Waste.

Food can be recycled almost everywhere in Devon. Most districts collect food waste in special caddies in their kerbside collections (see our District Recycling Sheets).

The worksheets on this page will help young people understand the science behind food waste. We hope doing these activities will create better scientists and more critical thinkers. We know the wicked problems (complex and difficult issues like climate change and biodiversity loss) we are leaving the next generation will need some innovative thinking to solve them!

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Textiles Worksheets KS1

Bright colourful rolled up textiles

The worksheets on this page will help Key stage 1 pupils understand the science of textiles. We hope doing these activities will create better scientists and more critical thinkers. We know the wicked problems (complex and difficult issues like climate change and biodiversity loss) we are leaving the next generation will need some innovative thinking to solve them!

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Textiles Worksheets – Home Schooling

Bright colourful rolled up textiles

The worksheets on this page will help young people understand the science of textiles. This activity has been designed for all ages to be able to complete at home, whether you are home educating, home schooling or just looking for a summer holiday activity.

We hope doing these activities will create better scientists and more critical thinkers. We know the wicked problems (complex and difficult issues like climate change and biodiversity loss) we are leaving the next generation will need some innovative thinking to solve them!

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Metals Worksheets KS1

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Plastic Worksheets

The science of materials is the basis of much recycling knowledge and helps scientists work out how to recycle stuff better. Many of the sorting machines used to separate out recycling rely on scientific principles; for example, some plastics are separated using floating and sinking machines.

Most plastic can be recycled everywhere in Devon. Plastic bottles, tubs and pots are recycled in kerbside collections (see our District Recycling Sheets). Hard plastics like toys and plastic outdoor chairs can be recycled at Household Waste Recycling Centres. Find your nearest one on our main Recycling website.

The worksheets on this page will help young people understand the science of the material called plastic. We hope doing these activities will create better scientists and more critical thinkers. We know the wicked problems (complex and difficult issues like climate change and biodiversity loss) we are leaving the next generation will need some innovative thinking to solve them!


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Downloadable Worksheets

Key Stage 1 Worksheet: Properties of plastic

(pdf) Download KS1 Worksheet: Properties of plastic

(Word) Download KS1 Worksheet: Properties of plastic

Link to KS1 Quiz

Link to KS1 Properties of Plastic Zone YouTube Playlist

Key Stage 2 Worksheet: Comparing Straws

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(Word) Download KS2 Worksheet: Comparing Straws

(Word) Download KS2 Recording Sheet: Comparing Straws

Link to KS2 Quiz

Link to KS2 Plastics Zone Schools Playlist

Key Stage 3/4 Worksheet:

(pdf) Download KS3/4 Worksheet: Experiments in Floating and Sinking

(Word) Download KS3/4 Worksheet: Experiments in Floating and Sinking

(Powerpoint) Download KS3/4 Powerpoint: Experiments in Floating and Sinking

Link to KS3/4 Quiz – Floating and sinking

Link to KS3/4 Zone Youtube Playlist about Floating and Sinking

Home Education Worksheet: Comparing the Strength of Plastic Bags

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Visit our Home Education pages for more Activities suitable for Home Learning.

Plastic Worksheets: Home Activity

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Home Education Worksheet: Comparing the Strength of Plastic Bags

(pdf) Download Home Education Worksheet: Comparing the Strength of Plastic Bags

(Word) Download Home Education Worksheet: Comparing the Strength of Plastic Bags

Visit our Home Education pages for more Activities suitable for Home Learning.

Plastic Worksheets KS3-4

This activity will help KS3 and KS4 children to understand some of the properties of plastic as a material and the impacts on the environment. It links with the National Curriculum and is a fun and active way of teaching science.

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Key Stage 3/4 Worksheet:

(pdf) Download KS3/4 Worksheet: Experiments in Floating and Sinking

(Word) Download KS3/4 Worksheet: Experiments in Floating and Sinking

(Powerpoint) Download KS3/4 Powerpoint: Experiments in Floating and Sinking

Link to KS3/4 Zone Youtube Playlist about Floating and Sinking

Plastic Worksheets KS2

This activity will help KS2 children to understand some of the properties of plastic as a material and the impacts on the environment. It links with the National Curriculum and is a fun and active way of teaching science.

Downloadable Worksheets

Key Stage 2 Worksheet: Comparing Straws

(pdf) Download KS2 Worksheet: Comparing Straws

(Word) Download KS2 Worksheet: Comparing Straws

(Word) Download KS2 Recording Sheet: Comparing Straws

Link to KS2 Plastics Zone Schools Playlist

Plastic Worksheets KS1

Plastic bottles in a white recycle bag

This activity will help KS1 children (aged 5-7) to understand some of the properties of plastic as a material. It links with the National Curriculum and is a fun and active way of teaching science.

Downloadable Worksheets

Key Stage 1 Worksheet: Properties of plastic

(pdf) Download KS1 Worksheet: Properties of plastic

(Word) Download KS1 Worksheet: Properties of plastic

Link to KS1 Properties of Plastic Zone YouTube Playlist