Global Learning London

Waste – Learning about

Learning about….Resources and web-links for the classroom

Plastics Challenge
Practical Action has developed this great set of teaching resources for pupils aged 8-14 years, challenging them to develop solutions to the problems caused by plastic waste globally. As well as investigating the properties, chemistry and life-cycle of plastics, and the problem of plastic waste, pupils also find out about the experiences of waste collectors in Nepal, explore how bio-plastic is made, and create their own recycled plastic products.

Global Hunger and Food Waste
MADE in Europe has developed a series of resources to support Muslim schools to implement a global dimension as part of the school curriculum. This resource pack contains 5 comprehensive lesson plans and 4 PowerPoint presentations covering hunger and why it occurs globally, as well as why nearly 50% of all the food produced globally is unnecessarily wasted and contributing towards global hunger. Teachers can explore important and relevant issues from an Islamic perspective looking at various verses and ahadith. Other topics include the effects of hunger such as poverty, infrastructure, international aid, land grabbing, as well as how supermarket behaviours such as sales promotions and perfectly shaped fruits and vegetables contribute to the £10 billion worth of edible food waste in the UK alone. Each pack contains in-depth teachers’ notes, background research, PowerPoint CDs, and hand outs exploring key Islamic values and ethics through a global education perspective.

Live Below the Line Maths resource for primary schools (requires log-in)
This free teaching resource aims to encourage Key Stage 2 pupils (ages 7-11) to explore and explain the link between food waste and poverty. They learn about the issue of food waste, collect data to find out about waste in their school and present their findings. They also learn about extreme poverty and hunger, and look at different ways to make a difference.
The resource consists of a PowerPoint presentation with extensive teachers’ notes on lesson planning plus suggestions for additional learning, links to video clips, photos and extensive background information. It has been developed by Think Global and trialled in a primary school.

Waste not, want not Assembly pack (£7.50)
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The focus of this assembly is waste – looking at the ‘waste hierarchy’, and working out how to reduce the waste we produce, and what to do with it to reduce impact on the environment. It starts with looking at the different options regarding everyday waste, and looks at stories of how things become other things. There are examples of how people and communities around the world are reusing and recycling material in new, exciting and creative ways.
The kit is made up of a PDF of teachers’ notes, plus a set of PowerPoint slides which can be used as it is or adapted according to the needs of the teacher and pupils. There are lots of ideas to explore, enough for follow-up activities and/or further assemblies on this issue.

Make the Link
Make The Link is an online resource developed by the Centre for Science Education of Sheffield Hallam University and Practical Action. It aims to help the next generation make the link between science and global poverty reduction. There are four units of work looking at the following topics: the provision of clean water; the impact of climate change across the world; the development of clean, fuel-efficient stoves for cooking meals; and ways of preserving food in areas with no access to powered refrigeration.