Recycle It!

80,000 green bins worth of rubbish 'recycled' by U.K. homes has turned up unsorted in Indonesia. The 500 tonnes of waste was falsely described as waste paper by exporters. This activity gets children to think about effective reuse and recycling methods, taking into account the properties of materials.

What It’s About

80,000 green bins worth of rubbish ‘recycled’ by U.K. homes has turned up unsorted in Indonesia. The 500 tonnes of waste was falsely described as waste paper by exporters. This activity gets children to think about effective reuse and recycling methods, taking into account the properties of materials. Children will consider how some materials can change or decay over time and the factors that can affect it.

Where It Fits

Change over time

  • Ways in which changes occur over both short and long periods of time.
  • Positive change and how we have a responsibility to make an active contribution.

Key Question

  • How do things change? (How waste can be reduced, reused or recycled and how this can be beneficial)

Suggested Learning Intentions

  • To present data and can talk about reasons for that method of presentation.
  • To choose appropriate methods of presenting data.
  • To ask deeper, more probing questions while challenging assumptions.
  • To understand why some materials can be recycled.
  • To understand how learning in science relates to news in the world around us.

This Primary upd8 activity is designed for CCEA in line with the Northern Ireland Curriculum requirements for the World Around Us and Thinking Skills and Personal Capabilities.

Cross-Curricular Skills

developed in this activity

Communication
Data Handling

Thinking Skills & Personal Capabilities
Managing Information

 

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