Raising awareness with your pupils

Linking your school`s waste reduction programme with what you teach in the classroom will help engage the whole school in your desire to become a greener place to learn. As well as involving your pupils with the practical side of waste reduction, e.g. collecting up recyclable materials after lessons, you can even introduce elements of waste education to your curriculum-based classroom sessions.

Waste prevention links into a wide range of curriculum subjects and areas. In particular Geography/Environmental Studies, Personal and Social Education, Maths (carrying out a waste audit), Science (studying the different materials for recycling), English (discussion of waste issues) and Expressive Arts (designing waste posters and craft with scrap).

It`s also a good idea to have pupil representatives on any green action work groups. This will not only ensure that the pupils feel involved but may even be a new and invaluable source of waste prevention ideas.

Quick wins

  • Look at lesson plans and see where waste prevention elements can be incorporated while linking with more practical resource-saving activity for the school.
  • Have a `We`re Waste Aware` noticeboard dedicated to informing everybody about your latest waste prevention activity.
  • Get a compost bin - this is a great means of disposing of excess biodegradable rubbish and presents a great learning opportunity for the pupils. Please contact either Katharine Smith on 07831 205382, or Judith Bradshaw on 07768 724863 to see if your school qualifies for a FREE compost bin.
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