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Plastic in the Oceans

Student’s from 10/11A have been learning about the problem of plastic pollution in our oceans and what we can all do to reuse and recycle more.

In science, 10/11A started the plastic in the ocean topic with lots of materials sorting. First, we grouped different objects made from the same materials. Next, we grouped similar objects made from different materials. We separated natural and manmade items, and used sieves to remove tiny pieces of plastic from sand. We set up an experiment to compare plastic and paper straws in water. We found that over a few weeks, the paper one fell apart, while the plastic one stayed the same. This proves that plastic does not go away! We looked at pictures of ocean animals made sick because of too much plastic rubbish in the sea. We looked at different ways to solve this problem. As a class, we selected reusable alternatives to swap for single use plastics. We learnt how to do litter picking safely and tried out some professional equipment. We hope to put our new skills into action with a real life beach clean in 2022.

During Art lessons, students have been creating a rock pool diorama. The class watched YouTube videos and learnt about how plastics are having a negative effect on every creature including us that rely on the sea. They repurposed plastic bottles into fish and used a variety of waste materials to create their model. The student’s then used plastics that were found on local Isle of Wight beaches to spoil their model of a rock pool. Initially they were very proud of their work and did not want to ruin their perfect habitats by adding plastic pollution. They used their creations as props during the recording of their performance for the Christmas church service. The St George’s Christmas church service can be viewed virtually via Zoom on Monday 20th December at 10:30.