On Wednesday 23 January 2019, Year 5 pupils at St Joseph’s Catholic Junior School, Leyton, took part in ‘The Plastic Pollution Challenge’, part of a new joint project with Sky Ocean Rescue and the Premier League.
The lesson was delivered by James Court, Leyton Orient Trust Lead Development Coach. The class watched a video about the everyday use of plastic and heard about suggested ideas for alternatives. Pupils then worked on quiz activities - answering questions about the amount of plastic found in the ocean. Afterwards they wrote ideas for other things they could use instead of plastic, especially single-use plastic.
The challenge encourages children to think creatively about how they can reduce the use of single-use plastics at school or in their community. The competition element tasks primary school pupils to make a #PassOnPlastic pledge detailing how they will help reduce plastic pollution.
Pupils in the class commented:
- “Plastic is a big problem for the world. But I can do things to help.”
- “Trash goes in to the ocean and is bad for the fish”
- [Referring to the estimated number of pieces of plastic in the ocean] “I didn’t realise it was that much! I was really surprised”