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Lesson Plan

Aim of session: By the end of the session students will have carried out a range of activities for recycling. Children will show a good understand of what
materials can be recycled and ways in which recycling can take place

Learning outcomes: By the end of this session learners will have had the opportunity to share current ideas surrounding recycling and challenge new ideas.
Children will carry out activities such as creating a wallet from ordinary household rubbish and creating a poster to raise awareness about the importance of
recycling. Through discussions children will also gain a good understanding about issues in our world and how they might become more efficient both at home and
within school.

Activities – A range of activities surrounding the topic of recycling – children will have the opportunity to discuss ideas and learn new information – see first hand
the problems created by waste in the local environment, as well as carry out creative tasks that involve recycling. The activities will meet a range of learning
styles, these include; exploration, discovery, cognitive, auditory, kinaesthetic and sensory.

Activity Resources Time Taken

Classroom Session- Introduction to the topic- What is recycling? What materials can we recycle? What are the • Waste Images
consequences of not recycling? Reduce-Reuse- Recycle
Explain that the children are going to go out into the park and see first hand how rubbish (waste) can affect our
Walk in the park- Children will walk around a section of the park where there is a large amount of rubbish been left • Rubbish
(this will be placed by member of staff). Ask the children what affect they think this rubbish has on the environment • Rubbish bags
of the park. How might it affect the wildlife? Talk about recycling in nature. Can they see any other types of • Gloves
rubbish? Collect the rubbish for sorting back in the classroom.
Sorting Rubbish- Return to the class with the children – bring all the rubbish to the front of the class. Explain to • Rubbish
the children we are now going to sort the rubbish into piles so that we can recycle it. As the group work together to • Labels for recycling
sort the rubbish. How could we separate our rubbish? – Create labels for each pile. Is there anything that cannot be
recycled? How will we recycle the items we have collected?

Recycle Craft- Show children a range of objects that have been created from recycled materials- e.g. bag • Recycled objects
made from plastic bottles. Can they work out what they originally were? • Original Objects
Discuss with children how we can make new things out of our old materials we find around the house- show the • 30x Tetrapak
children tetra pack wallet. Children make their wallet and decorate- this can be with leaves and things cartons
from the environment.
Recycling Poster- What have the children learnt today? How much of the stuff they use and throw away has the • A3 Paper
potential to be re-used or recycled? How could they recycle at home? (Parents for labelled boxes). Tell the • Pencils
children we need to create posters that will encourage more people to recycle- use objects they have • Glue
collected (rubbish/natural waste) to decorate their posters. • Scissors
• Clean rubbish
Curriculum Links

Geography KS3 Programme of Study

3:1. Identify ways in which people affect the environment

3:2. Investigate ways in which people attempt to look after the present and safeguard the future environment through sustainable
3:4. Begin formulating ideas and opinions about geographical issues and events
3:5. Understand the individual’s responsibility for the environment,

Personal and Social Development, Well being and Cultural Diversity

Skills – Personal development
- Show curiosity and develop positive attitudes to new experiences and learning.
- Take risks and become confident explorers of their indoor and outdoor environment.

- Well being
- Demonstrate care, respect and affection for other children, adults and their environment
- Develop a growing interest in the world around them and understand what their environment has to offer when playing alone
and with others

Range –

Language Literacy and Communication Skills

Skills – Listen to and carry out instructions.
- Use appropriate language in spontaneous and structured play activities and when conveying meaning.

Range - Experience activities in the indoor and outdoor learning environments

- Different types of play and a range of activities, including child initiated activities.
- Communicate spontaneously and through structured activities

Knowledge and Understanding of the World

Skills – Exploring and experimenting
- Thinking about questions and then asking them and then listening to the answers
- Making comparisons and identifying similarities and differences
- Thinking creatively and imaginatively
- Communicating observations and measurements
- Describing what they have found out and offering simple explanations

Range – Explore a wide range of stimuli

- Investigate indoor and outdoor learning environments, as well as including natural conditions as they arise.
- Participate in different types of play and a range of planned activities, including those that are child initiated
and those that build on previous experiences.
- Work on their own, in pairs and small groups.

Places and People

– Investigate how places change with the seasons.

Myself and other living things

- Observe differences between animals and plants.
- Identify some animals and plants that live in the outdoor environment.
- Identify effects different seasons have on some plants and animals.

Key Vocabulary