This term our class has been immersed in the inquiry of “You’re Eating Rubbish”.
No we don’t really think we’re eating rubbish. Our inquiry focus has been on how important healthy food is for our bodies, the reasons why we need to eat these foods and the impact packaging from our lunch boxes has on the environment in which we live.
During week 1 we kept a food diary to look at what we packed in our lunch boxes. Students had to record each day what food they had and try to decide if it was healthy for them or not. Some students were surprised to find their lunches were not as healthy as they could be while others had some healthy foods. It was great to see some students trying to pack healthier lunch boxes as the week went on. Here are some photos of our lunch-boxes on Monday;
During our health lessons we looked at the five food groups and what type of healthy food belonged to each group.
During this week we also started sorting the rubbish that we produced – from our lunch boxes only, each day into three groups; rubbish that could be recycled, food compost and rubbish that could not be recycled. Here are some photos of the rubbish we sorted on Monday;
We collated the data on how much non recyclable packages we had for the week and put it into a graph. We were shocked at how much rubbish our lunch boxes produced in one week. On Thursday we collected 36 chip packets but we only have 27 students in our class? Below is our graph;
We also compared this data with the other two groups of rubbish and we found that non- recyclable rubbish made up 62% of all the rubbish we collected, whilst recyclable rubbish only made up 4% of the rubbish we collected.
There are three other classes at our school doing a similar inquiry and Mrs Blakes year 4 class have been crunching the numbers! They used their multiplication skills and estimated if every class made as much rubbish as their class and Mrs Lacey’s year 1 class found in a week that would be 2, 996 items in landfill a week! That would be 119,840 pieces of rubbish going into landfill in a school year!
Something needs to change….. (to be continued!)….