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Where Does Our Rubbish Go? 19th June 2023

Planned: This morning we looked at two videos that explain where our rubbish goes after we put it in the bin. The first video was 'Why it's important to put the right things in the right bin'. This video went through the three bins and what goes in each bin. Once the video had finished, I asked the children, "What goes in the green bin?" Aryan said, "Leaves", and Naiama said, "Apple". Bhavika then explained that we could also put our food scraps in the green bin, such as banana skin and carrot peels. I then asked, "What goes in our yellow bin?" Lucas said, "Can", Laye said, "Empty water bottles", and Naiama said, "Empty plastic milk bottles". I also explained that we could put anything recyclable such as paper and cardboard. I asked, "What goes in the red bin?" None of the children answered except Naiama said, "Plastics". I explained that the red bin is our general waste bin, so we can put clothes, plastics and food. The next video we watched was 'The Journey of Waste'. This video went through the process that happens to the rubbish after it is put in the bin. The children were engaged and curious throughout the video. At the end of the video, I asked, "Can anyone remember what happened to our rubbish?" Naiama said, "It gets taken into the garbage truck". I asked, "And where does the garbage truck take the rubbish?" Naiama said, "To where they make a big pile of junk". We then discussed how the rubbish from each bin is collected, some of the waste goes to the tip, and others get reused and made into something else.

Link to Pedagogical Documentation

EYLF Outcomes

Outcomes: 2: Children are connected with and contribute to their world Elements: 2.4 Children become socially responsible and show respect for the environment. This experience can be linked to outcome two as the children continue to develop their understanding of where our rubbish goes and the effect it has on the environment. Therefore, further increasing their respect and care for the environment.


Lev Vygotsky: This learning experience can be linked to Vygotsky's theories. He believes that working with adults and more skilled peers is essential for children to acquire the ways of thinking, knowing and behaving that can make up a community's culture.


Critical Reflection: This experience did not go as well as planned. The children were very unsettled and distracted by others, making it difficult for others to listen. The educators prompted the students by asking questions. Follow Up: Rubbish hunt.

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