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Topical Tuesdays from The Week Junior – Animals and the environment science resource

Key Stage

KS2, KS3


Years 3-9

Topical Tuesdays from The Week Junior offers fascinating news stories with free teaching activities every week.

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This instalment introduces children to the effects of plastic bags on animals in the ocean, discussing how traditional plastic bags can stay around for 1,000 years.

It also looks at what alternatives we have for a greener future.

This PDF resource includes an article about plastic bags and their effect on animals and the environment, as well as accompanying activity ideas:

  • Hold a debate on newer bags that only take three years to decay. Is this OK? Or should we be doing better?
  • List as many words starting with the prefix ‘bio’ as you can think of
  • Write a five sentence story charting the journey of a plastic bag from the shop to the ocean
  • Shopping bags can hold up to 2kg in weight. Investigate how much food this is and how many ways you can get 2kg of food using different items

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