Waste-play for Learning: A workshop on using waste creatively to enhance learning through sustained sustainable play in the classroom

Be inspired and get creative in this 1 day workshop or shorter twilight session, as you and your colleagues develop ideas on how to integrate waste creatively and effectively into your provision. Areas covered are:

  • Engaging boys
  • Developing exciting mark-making and writing opportunities
  • Promoting mathematical speak through open-ended play & investigation
  • Creating sustainable continuous provision
  • Transforming outdoor play without a budget

“EYFS learning at its best. We are in awe of what you do.” Kelleigh Campbell, Assistant Head and Early Years Lead, Beecroft Garden Primary School and Children’s Centre.

“Very inspiring in lots of ways.” Harriet Grant, The Guardian

“I love your creativity in finding use for what others may decide is useless. It creates such an amazing, sustainable learning environment for small people.” Natasha Kocher, Red River Early Learning Centre

The workshop can include our portable interactive recycled classroom and can be tailored to your needs. For further information, contact Andrea on 07906 321 852 or at hello@myrecycledclassroom.org

The Recycled Loose Parts Package

Creating engaging outdoor play experiences in a wet and cold environment poses a conundrum to many Early Years educators and schools. We have developed a recycled loose parts package which includes intriguing free and found materials for pupils to learn and play with. Whereas other companies charge for recycled resources – we do the skip hunting, provide the resources and deliver workshops and support on how to establish a sustainable play environment and ethos in your educational setting. Please contact us for a free consultation – hello@myrecycledclassroom.org

Beecroft Garden Primary School: A Recycled Classroom in practice

An action research project to establish a Reception classroom resourced with repurposed waste for learning. As well as creating resources and an environment that supports the Maths and Literacy curriculum, we have been working with the school to initiate new ways to engage learners on sustainability issues – in an innovative, inquiry-based way.

Zero-wasting the classroom

With the UK’s Education Secretary, Damian Hinds’ challenge to schools to go single-use plastic free by 2022, we are currently exploring alternatives for schools, looking how to zero-waste in educational settings and finding creative ways to divert plastics for good to enhance educational provision and involve school communities. If you are looking for advice or would like to develop an innovative project around the plastic problem in your school or setting, please contact us: hello@myrecycledclassroom.org

Waste and Inequity: Learning from the Developing World

Alongside a partner school in rural South Africa (LETCEE), we are developing a project to explore the relationship between waste and inequity. Along with UK organisations that work with refugee women and children, we are seeking to explore how waste-play can enable, educate and re-connect those from low-income, migrant communities.

Tales of Trash: Sustainability Literature in the Classroom

We are currently developing print resources for teachers to access free of charge, to use in conjunction with children’s books that deal with sustainability issues. The resources will inspire teachers to start a conversation with their learners about sustainability, and develop activities and projects in the classroom using Literacy and play.