Recent research from oceanic studies has highlighted the impact of plastic waste, including tiny plastic microbeads found in some toiletry products, on life in the oceans. These microbeads and other microplastics are finding their way into food chains – and possibly onto our dinner plates!

The UK government, along with several other countries, is planning to ban the use of microbeads. But will this ban be adequate in preventing the build-up of these microplastics in the oceans?

This project will provide a bridge between two related Year 4 NC units (see below) and will highlight a real live current scientific issue of international interest and importance.  It links materials used in pupils’ everyday lives to their wider environmental impact: children’s scientific literacy will be developed by considering scientific evidence to make informed decisions about buying products.

Note: the unit includes an *optional* introduction to food chains for classes that haven’t covered this topic yet.

A downloadable presentation and teachers'notes are included with this useful topical resource.

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 Our featured theme for February 2020 is Music!


Our great featured theme for February 2020 is Music. Most people like listening to music, many like to perform it, but teaching it in primary schools for non-music specialists can sometimes be tricky. In this theme, we hope to provide resources that will help teachers in this task. With these resources we explore the following:

  • Listening and Appraising Music
  • Musical Elements
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  • Musicians and Composers
  • Music Performance, Singing and Songs
  • Musical Instruments

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January 2020

Weather and Climate Change. As we live on an island in Britain, we experience a wide range of weather and the weather that we are subjected to affects us all in many ways. The extreme weather we sometimes experience is often blamed, in the media, on global warming and climate change.  The threat to our planet, posed by climate change is very real and topical, with the melting of the ice caps, the recent global strikes by school students and the actions of Greta Thunberg regularly being reported in the press. It is certainly something that we need to be concerned about and is very worthy of further investigation.

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  • Water Cycle
  • Extreme Weather
  • Global Warming
  • Climate Change
  • How Humans can damage our environment and how we can all help.

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