As part of our learning about globalisation, each year 5 class took on a STEAM challenge which focussed on helping the environment. The challenge in 5DS was the ‘Plastics Challenge’: a challenge to turn old plastic bags into useful household items. Each child came up with a design and, through focussed practical tasks, learnt how to plat, braid and twine plastic bags in to useful yarn. With this plastic yarn (plarn), the children made bags, coasters, bracelets mobile phone pockets and much much more!
In addition to making useful items from old plastics bags, the class also took a trip one weekend down to Jenny’s in an attempt to convince shoppers to use reusable biodegradable bags instead of the plastics bags. I am pleased to say the trip was a success and we managed to share 250 reusable bags with the shoppers and hand out flyers we created educating people about the environmental problems associated with waste plastic.
We are so proud of the children, not just for their creativity and enthusiasm, but also for the courage and ingenuity they showed when applying their learning in the real world.
Great Job everyone!
Update from: Mr. Daniel Smith, Year 5 Class Teacher