Sea turtles and ‘plastic soup’ in the classroom
Children at De Bloemaert primary school in Tilburg, the Netherlands, are spending this month learning about ‘plastic soup’. Lessons will focus on keeping nature clean, the effects of litter on nature, and the problem of plastic soup – the plastic litter that is polluting seas and oceans. The programme is being carried out in collaboration with the Herpetofauna Foundation, Healthy Seas, and local artists.
The Herpetofauna Foundation will tell the children about sea turtles. The Foundation promotes the protection of endangered reptiles and amphibians and their habitats, and is working with Healthy Seas on a project to protect them by removing discarded fishing nets and other waste from the sea. Sea turtles and other animals can become entangled in the nets and die.
There is a special teaching kit containing pupil workbooks, teacher resources, a presentation, games, and materials that can be used to make an information market or exhibition. The learning materials focus on the protection of sea turtles and include topics such as nature, sustainability, pollution, waste recycling, and conservation.
The children will have the chance to create artwork together with real artists, and their work will be put on display at a residential care centre in Tilburg. The month’s activities will close on 29 March with an interactive info market with live animals and divers in full gear.
Watch this video about last year’s schools outreach project.