Follow up activities

Follow up activities

Hopefully your class has returned to school full of enthusiasm for Reducing, Reusing and Recycling.  Here are some suggestions for ways you could extend the learning from today. 

Watch our videos made for us by local schools to get some inspiration!

Literacy activities

  • Imagine you are a plastic bottle – can you write a story of your life, from oil under the ocean floor, to a shelf in the local shop.  What will happen to you next – which bin will you go in, and where will you end up?  Or you could be a piece of paper, a jam jar, a crisp packet.
  • Write a recount of your visit to the recycling centre.  Why is it important to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle?  What can you do yourself to help look after the environment?

Maths activities

  • Waste audit – you could start with your own classroom, or tackle a Key Stage area, or even the whole school!  Instructions and waste audit recording sheets can be downloaded here

Create graphs of the different waste types, and find out: 

  1. Which are the top three materials in the rubbish bin?  Can any of them be recycled instead?
  2. Which are the top three materials in the recycling bin? Should they all be there?
  3. Create a class action plan to cut down on the materials in the rubbish bin, and make sure only recyclable items are in the recycling.  Monitor how well you are doing – what changes have you achieved?

 Art activities

  • Try making one of the crafts you saw at the centre – milk bottle elephants, or magazine butterflies.  Or set a re-use challenge – give groups of children a set of waste items, eg cardboard box, plastic  pots, wrapping paper etc,  and see who can come up with the most useful/creative ideas for the classroom.
  • Design posters for all the classrooms at school to remind people what to recycle
  • Create an assembly for the whole school about the 3Rs and what happens to their rubbish (we can supply you with photographs of our site if you need them)

 Other activities

  • Recycle races game – to consolidate knowledge of what goes in the recycling bin. Lesson plan here
  • Look at food waste as a project for the school – resources here