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The Leys Primary & Kathmandu English School


The issue of plastic pollution is now accepted to be a global issue.<br />

Entanglement and entrapment of marine wildlife; ingestion of plastic by<br />

marine animals; ocean currents causing enormous areas of ‘plastic soup’;<br />

microplastics and food chain contamination are all issues that urgently<br />

need to be tackled.<br />

This collaborative unit of work addressed this issue<br />

in a positive and optimistic way, focussing on the<br />

progress that has already been made in relation to<br />

Sustainable Development Goal #<strong>14</strong>: Life below water.<br />

Our students explored multiple issues relating to<br />

plastic pollution and learnt about solutions that<br />

exist to overcome it.


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Students were given nine different activity cards and asked to<br />

rank them in the following way:


Students were asked to write down what they thought were the<br />

key words linked to the topic of plastic pollution in our oceans.<br />

They then used these to create ocean-themed word clouds.


Students were asked to choose one item and highlight<br />

its possible journey to ending up in the ocean.<br />

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In 1992, a cargo ship in the<br />

North Pacific lost a shipping<br />

container on its way from<br />

China to the United States that<br />

spilled nearly 29,000 rubber<br />

ducks and other bath toys into<br />

the ocean.<br />

Students were asked to mark<br />

on a world map where the<br />

ducks left from; where the<br />

cargo container fell into the sea<br />

and where the ducks travelled<br />

to before being washed ashore.


Plastic has been found in all the world’s oceans.<br />

Once plastic has found its way into the sea, it is caught up in one<br />

of the Earth’s five major currents, or gyres, and travels vast<br />

distances to the centre of these great whirlpools.<br />

Gyres are formed by the Earth’s rotation<br />

and resulting predominant winds.<br />

The five gyres are found in<br />

the North and South Atlantic,<br />

North and South Pacific<br />

and Indian Ocean.<br />

Students were asked to locate the gyres<br />

on a world map.<br />

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Students drew a marine food web and highlighted the transfer<br />

of micro-plastics by drawing them inside each of the marine animals


Fish do not have time to build up their numbers and whole<br />

populations are being wiped out. This causes problems for the whole<br />

community of creatures and plants in that ecosystem, and the<br />

humans who depend on them for food and to make a living.


The following ‘big questions’ were posed to students:<br />

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Finally, our students looked at different ways that people are<br />

approaching the clean-up of the oceans using the four examples below:<br />

• Ocean Clean-Up (large-scale action)<br />

• Sea bins project (local action)<br />

• Plastiki (education)<br />

• Banning microbeads (prevention)


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Students at The Leys were challenged to come up with a design of how<br />

to tackle the problem of gathering plastic pollution from our oceans.<br />

They drew their design (making it colourful and visually eye-catching),<br />

labelled the key parts and briefly explained what role each part plays.<br />

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