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Plastic Pollution Teaching Resources

​A set of 4 lessons produced by the Environment Agency to help teach about plastic pollution.

​The Plastics team of the Environment Agency have produced a set of resources for teachers and other professionals to teach primary school children about the plastic pollution problem and to help children realise that we all have a part to play in making plastic pollution a thing of the past.

​The resources can be downloaded below and are divided into different Key stages: Key Stage 1 Lower (Year 1, children aged 5-6), Key Stage 1 Upper (Year 2, children aged 6-7), Key Stage 2 Lower (Year 3/4, children aged 7-9), Key Stage 2 Upper (Year 5/6, children aged 9-11).

EA Teaching Resources: KS1 Lower

School resources pack for teaching Lower KS1 children (Year 1) about plastic pollution through an interactive workshop that should take 1-1.5 hours.

Learning objectives:

1. To be able to describe some of the effects of plastic on animals and the environment.
2. To give an example of how everyone can help to make plastic pollution a thing of the past.

EA Teaching Resources: KS1 Upper

School resources pack for teaching Upper KS1 children (Year 2) about plastic pollution through an interactive workshop that should take 1-1.5 hours.

Learning objectives:

1. Describe what a habitat is;
2. Explain some of the problems that plastic can cause in the environment.

EA Teaching Resources: KS2 Lower

School resources pack for teaching Lower KS2 children (Year 3/4) about plastic pollution through an interactive workshop that should take 1-1.5 hours.

Learning objectives:

1. To understand that plastic can enter the environment in a number of ways which can cause harm to a number of organisms.
2. Be able to understand how their choices can reduce the amount of plastic entering environment.

EA Teaching Resources: KS2 Upper

School resources pack for teaching Upper KS2 children (Year 5/6) about plastic pollution through an interactive workshop that should take 1-1.5 hours.

Learning objectives:

​1. To understand how to conduct a scientific survey in the field
2. To apply previous knowledge to solve a new problem