Plastic Persuasion KS2

Discover the Dirty Dozen and help stop them in their tracks!

Years: 6

Duration: 180mins

Curriculum Objectives: 7

Subjects: English, Maths

Resource Overview

Almost a decade ago, Surfers Against Sewage conducted a Plastic Pollution Brand Survey; a brand audit that revealed that the majority of all beach litter (56%) was attributable to just twelve corporations, dubbed the ‘Dirty Dozen’. Use the PowerPoint to introduce the students to this historical data as well as their challenge and the reasons behind it. Together, explore the data gathered 10 years ago that led to the naming of the ‘Dirty Dozen.’ Speculate about how it may be different 10 years later.

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

Resource Assets


Plastic Persuasion lesson plan

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


Plastic Persuasion Presentation

A PowerPoint presentation to bring your lesson to life.


Plastic Persuasion Blank Toolkit

A toolkit for students to populate with their own ideas for success.


Plastic Persuasion Blank Wordbank

A blank word bank for students to complete as a helpful resource to refer to.


Plastic Persuasion Writing Wordbank

An already completed word bank, either for comparison or to support students to get started.

Curriculum Objectives

  • Year 5 and 6 (Age 9-11)
    • Assess the effectiveness of their own and others’ writing.
    • Ensure the consistent and correct use of tense throughout a piece of writing.
    • Identify the audience for and purpose of writing, selecting the appropriate form and using other similar writing as models.
    • Note and develop initial ideas, drawing on reading and research where necessary.
    • Use further organisational and presentational devices to structure text and to guide the reader.
  • Year 6 (Age 10-11)
    • Calculate and interpret the mean as an average.
    • Interpret and construct pie charts and line graphs and use these to solve problems.