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 September 2019 is:

'Food Chains and Habitats'


Our exciting new theme for September 2019 is ‘Food Chains and Habitats’. This topic will explore how plants and animals get their energy and where they may be located. All living things need food in order to give them the energy required to flourish and a food chain reveals exactly how each living thing gets its food and also illustrates just exactly what might be eating what!

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Iceberg straight ahead!!! On the 14th of April 1912, the famous passenger ship, thought to be unsinkable, the RMS Titanic, sank on her maiden voyage from the UK to America with great loss of life. The story of this tragic ship and its ill-fated sea voyage forms the centrepiece of this month’s featured theme

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