Attention all primary school teachers
Plastic Free 4 Kids is a free 8 lesson, curriculum-aligned programme designed for 3rd-6th class pupils. Children of all ages can partake in the programme but the curriculum aligns with 3rd to 6th class.
The aim is to create a nation of Plastic Free Ambassadors. Once completed, each child will receive a Certificate of Participation. This programme is kindly supported by the Community Foundation for Ireland and is also hosted on Change X.
Hashtags! #PF4KIDS / #PlasticFreeAmbassador
How It Works
Each lesson is approx. 10 mins long and the playlist can be accessed below or on the Change by Degrees YouTube channel here.
Every lesson has a different theme with follow-on activities and opportunities to be creative.
Information for Kids and Parents
No need to register. Your teacher can assign you this programme of work or you can do it yourself by logging onto our YouTube channel - just pick and choose what lesson you want to watch and learn all you can about becoming a Plastic Free Ambassador.
Information for Teachers
This is an SESE and SPHE programme that is fully aligned with curriculum objectives for 3rd to 6th class, mainly in the areas of Environmental Awareness and Care, Materials in Science and Developing Citizenship in SPHE. Each lesson is made up of a 10 min video with a variety of follow on activities. You can assign it daily or as a 2 week project. Please adapt it to suits your needs and the ability of your pupils. Students can access the videos directly or teachers can sign up for the course materials and work through them with their class.
To receive a free planning document outlining objectives and links across the curriculum, please register below.
What Schools Are Saying About Going Plastic Free
We want to empower all children in Ireland to reduce their use of single use plastics at home and in school and to act as Ambassadors in their communities
How It Works
Plastic Free 4 Kids is an online, curriculum aligned programme designed to empower primary school pupils to take action by watching our videos and using our tool kit, guides and resources. Register your school today to receive the planning document!
10,000 primary school children in Ireland become Plastic Free Ambassadors by end 2020.
Our Impact so far: Co. Tipperary
In 2019, Change by Degrees were awarded a grant from the Tony Ryan Fund for Tipperary and The Community Foundation to run school workshops in Co. Tipperary. Our amazing trainer, Ann Foulds, delivered high impact, interactive workshops changing their habits and mobilising their communities.
Over 4500 students and staff attended our workshops in 49 schools across Tipperary in 2019.
Meet our Schools Outreach Officer
Ann Foulds is a group facilitator and experienced primary school teacher with a background in Permaculture and practical sustainability. She has worked with schools, third level institutions, individuals and community groups who want to make changes around the topics of health and well-being, sustainability and climate change.
Ann delivered workshops to over 4,500 students and staff at schools across Co. Tipperary in 2019.
Case study: Co. Cork, 2020
In 2020 we received a philanthropic donation from the Community Foundation to deliver a programme of face to face workshops to primary schools in Co. Cork. Ann Foulds visited 31 schools and educated over 3000 pupils and staff on plastics between Jan and early March, 2020. This work was cut short due to the pandemic but we have created Plastic Free 4 Kids in order to continue this much needed awareness raising and community outreach for primary school students. We’re delighted that students in primary schools right across the country can learn with us via our 8 lesson, on line programme. Teachers can register above to receive a planning document to guide their students learning.