#UpstreamBattle Week of Action in School

Register your school to take action this 14th - 20th September

We're working hard to raise awareness of the issue of marine litter and to empower young people to take action in their schools and communities.

Join us to have an Upstream Battle Week of Action in your classroom.

The good news is that taking part in the Week of Action can be used as evidence to help gain or renew an Eco-Schools Scotland Green Flag Award.  

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How to incorporate the topic of marine litter into your week:


Classroom resources

These resources are designed to support you with incorporating the topic of marine litter in your class.

You have access to an informative poster and a powerpoint introduction of our Upstream Battle campaign, describing the problem and the potential solutions. Use the powerpoint and teacher notes to help your class discuss the marine litter problem and start a discussion on potential solutions.

Below you will find activities and resources which have been separated based on age group. These include action themed lessons with signposts to relevant resources, suggested activities to extend learning, ideas for action and suggestions of ways in which you can share your thoughts and findings.

Early Years

Classroom resources for early year establishments

Primary School Years

Classroom resources for primary schools

Watch the Doug Allan live lesson for primary schools.

  • Download resources to accompany the lesson. 

Secondary School Years

Classroom resources for secondary schools

Watch the Doug Allan live lesson for secondary schools.

  • Download resources to accompany the lesson.

Organise a school Clean Up

80% of marine litter comes from land. Therefore organising a Clean Up is a great way to get the whole school involved in making a difference in your community.

Find out more on organising a Clean Up activity

A Clean Up is also great opportunity for measuring progress over time. Record your findings after each litter pick and share your results with others.

Use the classroom resources above to learn about ways you could share your thoughts and findings.

Won't have the time to fit in a Clean Up? Not to worry we have an alternative - #2minutecleanup! Why not go out in the school grounds during break time and all participate in a #2minutecleanup.

Find out more on what's involved with a #2minutecleanup

Do a litter survey

We need to understand how, where and what types of litter are getting into our waterways. Surveys are a fantastic method of doing this. And they can also provide you with data to develop your measurement techniques. 

Use this presentation and teacher notes to introduce the survey and it’s methodology.

For teachers, use the guide to find out more information on how to use the survey.

Download the Upstream Battle survey sheet to record your survey data.

If you are unable to do a survey near a safe stretch of waterway you can use our litter audit tool to survey school grounds and surrounding areas. Link this into the theme of Upstream Battle by relating back to how the litter you find on land could make it’s way to the ocean.

Download the litter audit tool

Once completed send your data to: upstreambattle@keepscotlandbeautiful.org

Get tagging!

Share what your class is doing during the Week of Action on social media to encourage others to get involved.

Why not share your class commitment on how they will #StopMarineLitter

We’d love to see what you get up to so please take plenty of photos to share and don’t forget to tag us in on social media #UpstreamBattle @KSBScotland @CleanUpScotland

Feel free to use our social media cards which are designed to be shared on Facebook and Twitter.

If there’s anything more we can help with, please just drop us a line at upstreambattle@keepscotlandbeautiful.org

Tell us how you will take action on marine litter


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