ECO-friendly pupils had their passion for the environment fuelled by a litter-picking trip to the seaside.
Youngsters from Trinity Croft Church of England Primary Academy in Dalton found more than 250 pieces of rubbish on the beach at Cleethorpes after visiting the East Coast resort to mark World Environment Day as part of their studies.
Among the waste discovered on the sand in just half an hour were plastic forks, a swimming goggles case, plastic tubs, polystyrene from packaging, bottle tops and CD cases.
Teachers were inspired to organise the clean-up for 20 Year One and Year Two children by two different imaginative learning projects they are teaching at the school.
The two topics, Land Ahoy and Splendid Skies, were written and designed by South Yorkshire based primary curriculum provider, Cornerstones Education and cover topics such as the weather, changing seasons, the oceans, life at sea, maps and boats, while hitting key curricular targets.
Trinity Croft assistant headteacher, Maria Allen, said: “These projects have really sparked the children’s imaginations.
“They spend a lot of their school holidays at the beach, so it is something they really connect with.
“As part of their research, they heard that children in Hawaii had found litter on their beaches from the UK — this really shocked the children and made them question how they could help to ‘save the seas’.
“We decided to visit the beach so they could see what litter is on our shores for themselves.
“They were horrified to find so much rubbish on the beach and want to continue with this work in our area.
“They felt like eco-warriors on the day and I think this passion shall continue for them.”
Caroline Pudner, curriculum developer for Cornerstones Education, said: “It was fantastic to join the children and take part in their beach clean.
“I was blown away by their knowledge and understanding of the harm that plastic and other litter can do to our beaches, seas and wildlife.
“At Cornerstones, we are very conscious of the fact that we are helping to shape our planet's future citizens and to know our projects have inspired these children into make a positive different to their local environment is so heart-warming.”