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Children at Castle Camps school raise awareness of the dangers of plastic with a vivid creation




Castle Camps Primary School now has a striking reminder in its playground of the importance of avoiding plastic pollution - an idea that first took shape during its recent Science Week.

The picture depicting an underwater scene, complete with an octopus, was made on a large wooden board using 4,000 used plastic bottle tops collected by the school, and carries the words 'Keep Our Sea Plastic Free.'

The school's Badger Class was looking at ways in which the planet could become plastic free and during the Science Week the school had a Plastic Free Friday.

Pupils at Castle Camps Primary School have made a picture using recycled plastic bottle tops.Pictured: Badger Class (Years 4 and 5). Picture by Mecha Morton.
Pupils at Castle Camps Primary School have made a picture using recycled plastic bottle tops.Pictured: Badger Class (Years 4 and 5). Picture by Mecha Morton.

This highlighted the importance of exploring alternatives to plastic in daily life and led to the creation of the picture - completed over the course of a week - which has been painted and varnished before being placed in the playground.

Badger Class teacher, Jayne Wright, said: "We decided as a school we wanted to make a permanent statement.

"We are just really proud of it, and it looks really stunning out on the playground."

During the Science Week, held last month, a visiting Zoolab safari took children on an adventure around Africa and Australia where they explored native animals and their habitats; a portable planetarium provided a fantastic opportunity to enter the fascinating world of the solar system and a pop up computing museum enabled the children to begin to understand the evolution of modern computers and video games.

Artefacts loaned from the Scott Polar Research Institute, The Arctic Explorers Handling Collection revealed the challenges of and solutions for keeping warm in the sub zero temperatures of a polar region.

The pupils were able to imagine what it might feel like to be a polar explorer by experiencing wearing modern polar clothing. They were then able to compare this with the type of clothing worn by Scott and Shackleton.

Mad Science presentations provided hands on experience of the world of polymers, the chemical reactions used to create them and their most important product - goo!

The children discovered how to turn water into ice within 30 seconds, concocted their very own bubbling potions and the smoke illusion of dry ice.

The School's headteacher, Alexandra O'Connor, said: "Science has a high profile at Castle Camps and our focus week always generates a great deal of excitement and interest.

"The engagement, enthusiasm and responses of the children is infectious; each year we feel inspired to try and build upon the success of the year before."

The school thanked the Friends of Castle Camps School and the School House Trust for funding the workshops.


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