Many schools collect aluminium cans and foil as a way of combining a practical recycling programme with education about the environment. Selling collected material through a local cash for cans centre can provide valuable extra resources for schools and parent associations, perhaps to fund more environmental education through books and visits, or to buy plants and tools for a 'green club'.
Or, if your school is looking for ways of combining education on the new citizenship agenda with the environment, you could see if there is a local community project, perhaps providing social employment for people with special needs, who would like to receive donations of aluminium foil and cans.
A special resource pack, which provides curriculum opportunities for 7 to 11 year-olds in science, English and design and technology, is available to teachers in UK primary schools. Topics covered in The Material World: Investigating Aluminium Packaging include:
The pack provides work cards, fully integrated teachers' notes and posters to stimulate children's interest in recycling and the environment.
Students of all ages should find the information they need to complete their educational projects on this website. We regret that we are unable to answer specific queries, but please let us know if there are topics you would like covered, and we will try to include them at the next update.