Contributor lessons: Plastic Planet

1 - Learning Objective

Challenge Level ⭐⭐⭐

(designed for children with prior knowledge of the Year 5 and Year 6 programme of study)

Learning Objective

We are learning how to solve a natural world problem by using and applying our skills and knowledge of number, fractions and division.

Useful Prior Knowledge:

  • To read and write numbers into the millions
  • find a fraction of an amount

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Credit: BBC One - Blue Planet Live

Clip Description

Dolphins are intelligent, playful and curious creatures. They are considered to be one of the world’s most intelligent animals – especially when it comes to problem-solving!

The pod in this clip have been studied over the last ten years, interacting with a coral reef, but now they have found something more deadly to play with – plastic. What can we do to stop marine life swallowing plastic?  Watch the clip to find out.

Quick Whiteboard Challenge

Around 8 million metric tonnes of plastic end up in the world’s oceans each year.

  • There are 1000 kg in a tonne.

How many kilograms are there in 10 tonnes?

5 tonnes?

2.5 tonnes?

1.25 tones?

What might be the next question?