ISCT has been working on climate change and actions that make a difference. This project we did was to clean up a local beach. This beach is on the edge of an international shipping lane and harbour and so it becomes a collecting point for not only plastics in our oceans but clothes and many other items including dead animals that have wash up or died due to eating the rubbish on our shores.
This was a whole Keystage activity and lead by myself and our Environmental Portfolio of Year 6's. We started with the Year 6's thanking everyone who came on their weekend to help us. They educated them on why we are doing this and explained procedures.
After 3 hours of cleaning up, we loaded 18 black bags full of rubbish into my car to be disposed of correctly.
Children of all ages came to help. Through action and discussions, they realised how dirty our oceans are. This lead to further discussions with family and friends about what they found and how items like plastic straws should not be used in their homes any longer as it might just find its way into our oceans.