Lesson 3: Recycling

Learning about the benefits of recycling, pupils consider how they can increase their daily recycling and encourage others to do so too

Before the lesson

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Learning objective

  • To understand the environmental benefits of recycling

Statutory guidance

Pupils should know:

  • PSHE Association’s Programme of Study for PSHE: Living in the wider world >  L5. ways of carrying out shared responsibilities for protecting the environment in school and at home; how everyday choices can affect the environment (e.g. reducing, reusing, recycling, food choices)

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: May benefit from being given a specific audience and could use the Activity: Recycling leaflet template for their fact sheet. Provide them with books and other information sources.


Pupils working at greater depth: Should be expected to include more facts within their information sheet and to add persuasive elements to encourage people to recycle more.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


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