The Great Plastic Debate KS2

A contentious subject designed to get pupils fired up and ready for debate

Duration: 90mins

Curriculum Objectives: 8

Subjects: English, PSHE, Science

Resource Overview

An English lesson where pupils will debate the theoretical motion that the concept of Plastic Free Schools should be disregarded until 2042. This will help pupils to recognise the importance of seeing issues from different stakeholder points of view whilst finding out more about the impact of single-use plastics.

Created by us on behalf of Surfers Against Sewage who kindly gave permission for us to share here.

Resource Assets


The Great Plastic Debate Lesson Plan KS2

Everything you need to know to plan and deliver your lesson.


The Great Plastic Debate Starter Letter KS2

A letter to introduce the topic for debate.


The Great Plastic Debate suggested Debate Format Worksheet KS2

A worksheet to help structure the debate.


The Great Plastic Debate Top Tips for Debating KS2

A worksheet to help build confidence in debating.


The Great Plastic Debate Key Facts and Opinions KS2

A worksheet with various points of view and facts to solidify arguments.


The Great Plastic Debate Probing Questions KS2

A worksheet with questions to get everyone thinking.


The Great Plastic Debate Role Cards

Meet the various stakeholder roles and prepare to get into role!

Curriculum Objectives

  • Articulate and justify answers, arguments and opinions.
  • Consider and evaluate different viewpoints, attending to and building on the contributions of others.
  • Gain, maintain and monitor the interest of the listener(s).
  • Select and use appropriate registers for effective communication.
  • Speak audibly and fluently with an increasing command of Standard English.
  • Year 5 and 6 (Age 9-11)
    • Participate in discussions about books that are read to them and those they can read for themselves, building on their own and others’ ideas and challenge views courteously.
  • Year 4 (Age 8-9)
    • Recognise that environments can change and that this can sometimes pose dangers to living things.