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Steve the Octopus helped Gislingham pupils learn about caring for the environment




Children at Gislingham Primary School spent three hours building a giant octopus – made entirely out of plastic waste.

Gislingham Primary School pupils with their pledges and pieces of plastic waste. Picture Mecha Morton.
Gislingham Primary School pupils with their pledges and pieces of plastic waste. Picture Mecha Morton.

Having researched and learned all about the damage that plastic can do, 82 pupils got together to create Steve (the octopus) with recyclable plastic they brought from home.

Year 3 class teacher Megan Loane said: “It’s important to teach children about what is going on in the current world, but also for them to take on a responsible attitude to prevent this harm that plastic is causing.

“They can then have that conversation with other people around them to share the word and the importance of recycling.”

Books were used to show the children what damage stray plastic was doing to sea creatures, which is why they decided to recreate an octopus with the waste they had been collecting over the past weeks.

Steve the octopus
Steve the octopus

“It was so nice to see the year groups come together to work collaboratively,” said Ms Loane. “They were very focused and determined to put together the octopus and they had such great fun.”

After building it, the group discussed what they had learned from this activity and the children wrote pledges, promising they would spread the word or stop using single-use plastic.

Steve was perched on a picnic bench in the centre of the school’s playground for all the pupils and parents to see before being dismantled a few days later.



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