Rotting rubbish investigation

Linking to the topics living things and animals and biological systems, this fun, hands-on lesson pack is aimed at year 6 and P7. Pupils will find out whether plastic rots and discover how micro-organisms help food waste to decompose. On the PowerPoint there is an example investigation, and pupils are encouraged to think of their own questions and alter the investigation accordingly.

This pack includes:

  • A differentiated lesson plan with an explanation of the science behind the investigation
  • A PowerPoint presentation
  • A rubbish-sorting board game

Simple to resource! The items you will need:

  • Jam jars of the same size
  • Old pieces of fabric
  • Compost or soil
  • Finely chopped fruit
  • Small pieces of plastic or polystyrene
Year 6
Living things and habitats
Rotting rubbish investigation

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