The Science of Plastic KS2

Just what are the environmental implications of plastic?

Years: 5

Duration: 90mins

Curriculum Objectives: 3

Subject: Science

Resource Overview

A science lesson where pupils will discover what plastic is, why it was created and how it is made. They will then conduct a scientific enquiry into single-use plastic products, identifying their properties, uses and environmental implications. A resource created by us on behalf of Surfers Against Sewage who kindly allowed us to share here.

Resource Assets


The Science of Plastic Lesson Plan KS2

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


The Science of Plastic Presentation KS2

A PowerPoint presentation to bring your lesson to life.


The Science of Plastic Scientific Enquiry KS2

A worksheet for the lesson activity.


The Science of Plastic Enquiry Support Sheet KS2

A supporting worksheet for the scientists in your classroom.

Curriculum Objectives

  • Year 5 (Age 9-10)
    • Compare and group together everyday materials on the basis of their properties, including their hardness, solubility, transparency, conductivity (electrical and thermal), and response to magnets
    • Explain that some changes result in the formation of new materials, and that this kind of change is not usually reversible, including changes associated with burning and the action of acid on bicarbonate of soda.
    • Give reasons, based on evidence from comparative and fair tests, for the particular uses of everyday materials, including metals, wood and plastic.