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10 Ways to Link Waste Education to KS1 and 2 Science

Linking waste education to your science curriculum can be a fun and exciting way to provide your pupils with real life examples in their learning.

That’s why NWEET have come up with 10 ways to link waste education into the Key Stage 1 and 2 curriculum.

If your school follows the eco schools programme, these ideas can help you to ensure that the whole school benefits from environmental learning.

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1.  Working Scienfitically: Gathering and Recording Data.

Conduct a litter picking survey - how much litter was collected and where was it found?

2. Working Scientifically: setting up simple practical enquiries.

 How long to rot? Choose different materials such as a banana skin, paper, plastic and metal and bury them on school grounds. What will rot and what will not over the course of a term.

3.  Animals, Including Humans:  Eating the right amounts of different types of food.

 How can you make sure that you get the right portion sizes without wasting food? The Love Food Hate Waste website has more advice and guidance.

Save money by following our Love Food Hate Waste tips.

4.    Everyday materials: Distinguish between an object and the material from which it is made.

Get pupils to bring in a few (clean!) items from their recycling bin at home. What are the items and what are they made from?

5.   Everyday materials: Identify and classify materials.

 Recycling sorting game – find out the recycling system in your school’s area. Split the class in to teams and have a race to see who is best at recycling.

6.    Uses of everyday materials: identify and compare the suitability of a variety of everyday materials for particular uses.

What materials would be best to make a bird feeder or a bug hotel from? Why? Have a go at making one from recycled materials.


7.   Uses of everyday materials: find out how the shapes of solid objects made from some materials can be changed.

Learn how cans turn into cars or how plastic bottles can be made into clothes.


8.   Living things and their habitats: identify and name a variety of plants and animals in their habitats, including micro-habitats

Consider a compost bin as a micro-habitat. What insects and minibeasts would you expect to find there?


9.    Rocks:  Recognise that soils are made from rocks and organic matter.

Use composting as an example of how organic matter is formed.

10.   Forces and magnets:
observe how magnets attract or repel each other and attract some materials and not others

  Watch our video from the Northampton Recycling Facility and learn how recycling is sorted, often by using magnets to repel and attract different metals.


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