Global Learning London

Waste – Curriculum planning

Curriculum planning

Waste and Re-cycling

Literacy, Language and Communication
debate the issue of waste and how the world’s richest people produce the most waste, giving well-structured descriptions and explanations for different purposes, including expressing feelings;

read fiction books to discuss issues of waste and the environment, e.g. The Paper bag Prince;

investigate the language of advertising that tells us to buy products yet hides the conditions under which they are made and the environmental impact.

Knowledge and Understanding of the World
use maps, atlases, globes and digital / computer mapping to locate places and
describe the features studied, for example, the countries and regions where waste is most produced and most dumped, or where plastic bags are banned e.g. Bangladesh or Rwanda;

learn about people who make a living from waste, including those needing to scavenge;

look at the ways in which previous generations consumed and wasted far less than today and why our attitudes have changed.

Pupils consider their physical surroundings and ways in which it can be improved, both inside school and in the local area; they share their ideas with decision makers, making reference to reducing waste.
Pupils investigate musical instruments made from recycled materials and design and make their own;

Linking to the expressive arts, pupils develop their own imaginative and creative ways of expressing some of their own commitments to the environment, helping others locally, nationally and globally.

Personal, Social, Health, Citizenship and Economic Education
Pupils learn about the wider world and the interdependence of communities within it. They learn that throwing things away never means they disappear;

They begin to understand that their own choices and behaviour can affect local, national or global issues;

They learn how to make more confident and informed choices about their health and environment; to take more responsibility, individually and as part of a greater whole.

Mathematical, Scientific and Technical
use maths across the curriculum to investigate waste, e.g. time problems on a plastic bag theme: 1 second to make, 20 minutes to use, over 100 years to degrade – they work out equivalents in other units of measurement;

explore examples of human impact (positive and negative) on environments, for example, the negative effects of waste, litter and landfill;

investigate and design their own bags from recycled materials to replace plastic bags