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Eco-island: Sandy Mile activity 1

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To organise a litter collection and create a seaside wildlife sculpture from what is collected.

Key Stage 1

Curriculum links: Geography 1a, 5b. D&T 1b, e.

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What to do: Organise a litter-collecting day at your school. If you have a beach locally, then base your clean-up there. If not, then collect anywhere – even if it’s just around your school grounds. Bring the litter you have collected back to the classroom and consider the potential dangers to wildlife of people leaving litter behind on our beaches. Ask the children to name wildlife that might be found on a healthy beach – crabs, starfish, shellfish and so on.

Challenge the children to create a sculpture from the litter that they have collected. These could have a seaside theme – so sculptures could focus on wildlife (crab, starfish) or objects (bucket and spade, parasol, ice cream). Consult books and photographs to help the children with modelling their chosen wildlife. Encourage them to transform the things they have found – bending, twisting, cutting, shaping, and scrunching things to make shapes that are suitable for what they want to create. Provide them with scissors and glue and let them do the rest.

When sculptures have been shaped, paint them with strong colours – mix poster paint with some PVA glue to thicken and strengthen the paint as this will help cover artwork on box packaging. When sculptures are finished they can be displayed on a bed of sand, shells and twigs.

Completed this activity? Use our show and tell facility to upload your work and help the inhabitants to improve this zone.

Key Stage 2

Curriculum links: Geography 3a, 5a-b. D&T 2d, e, 4a.

What to do: Organise a litter-collecting day at your school. If you have a beach locally, then base your clean-up there. If not, then collect anywhere – even if it’s just around your school grounds. Bring the litter you have collected back to the classroom and consider why it was dropped in the first place. Who do the children think dropped it and why? Had the children noticed the litter before they went looking for it? Go on to consider the potential dangers to the environment and wildlife of people leaving litter behind on our beaches. How would this affect the creatures that live on the beach and in rock pools? Could it also affect the creatures living in the sea?

Challenge the children to create a sculpture from the litter that they have collected. These could have a seaside theme – so sculptures could focus on wildlife (crab, starfish) or objects (bucket and spade, parasol, ice cream). Consult books and photographs to help the children with modelling their chosen seaside object. Encourage them to transform the things they have found – bending, twisting, cutting, shaping and scrunching things to make shapes that are suitable for what they want to create. Provide them with scissors and glue and let them do the rest.

When sculptures have been shaped, paint them with strong colours – mix poster paint with some PVA glue to thicken and strengthen the paint as this will help cover artwork on box packaging. When sculptures are finished they can be displayed on a bed of sand, shells and twigs.

Completed this activity? Use our show and tell facility to upload your work and help the inhabitants to improve this zone.

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