Portmoak Primary School - Video D

Project Title: The Sea is Changing, Why Aren't We?

We completed quite a few Litter Surveys and Investigations by measuring litter levels in our local area to investigate types and sources of litter in your community. The teacher completed most of the Upstream Battle Litter Survey, however we sent one or two in together to learn how the survey was sent.

We conducted the investigation as homework with our families.
The focus of the investigation was the local area, although some children were in the Highlands on holiday so they surveyed there.
To measure the scale of the problem we spoke about each survey and the type of litter we found. We spoke about reuse and repurposing litter items. We also spoke about the mindset of people who litter.
We spoke with the Eco-Committee and asked about their surveys and litter in the school grounds.
The class were surprised by some of the finds such as farming plastics, parts fallen from tractors, lots of cigarette ends in Perth city centre. We realised some litter was there due to an accident or lost items and some was from thoughtlessness.

We found that:

Litter gets from our school community to the sea by flowing through the streams and burns to Loch Leven.
The litter we found in our investigation was mainly food packaging such as drinks bottles and wrappers from foods and crisps.
These are commonly eaten items, single use plastic wrapping was the main culprit, however we thought some of it could have blown from bins and bin lorries because it is a windy area and the packaging is very light. We realised that once the bags fill with water they become heavier and they stay in the water and do not often blow back out of the waterways. The sources of the litter were human.

We raise awareness of litter at assemblies and encourage tubs and unwrapped snacks such as fruit.
Pupils will tackle marine litter as individuals, by using packaging as many times as possible, buying less craft materials and using recycled items as many times as possible.

About our art:

The art piece conveys the message of tackling; The Sea is changing, why aren’t we? We hope to raise awareness through our art by sharing the learning at an assembly in April. We used words and images. We thought writing poetry would be a good way to share our message and building the models was a great way to make the poetry visible and meaningful.

Our pledge:

We have had Trout eggs in our classroom and we have been learning all about their development and life cycle. We have released the fish into the local stream and we are aware of the life in the stream and how this can be hurt by human activity. By taking care of the small fry in their tank in the classroom we realised how small and vulnerable they are. This connection with nature has enabled the learners to understand different species in the food web and how their lives can impact other creatures who live in the same habitat.

We also took part in the Climate Ready Classroom day by Beautiful Scotland, this day helped us to learn about the different issues globally and locally.

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