Free programmes for Hackney schools

Due to generous support by the London Borough of Hackney’s Waste and Recycling Department we are able to offer a range of sessions free of charge to schools in Hackney.  To book a session, please get in touch, or complete a booking enquiry form.  ecoACTIVE also works in many other London Boroughs, please contact us for a quote.

Sessions can include:

  • Assemblies
  • One-off workshops
  • Short-term or longer-term projects
  • After-school clubs
  • Staff training
  • Coffee mornings for parents
  • Playground information stalls
  • School fete stalls

Primary Schools 

Topics covered include:

  1. Recycling and Waste
    Learn what happens to our waste and how to recycle by making your own recycled paper and crafts, playing games and discussing issues!
  2. Waste Prevention
    Learn why it's important not to make too much waste, and think about ways to reduce, reuse and
    recycle! Workshops include age-appropriate activities from junk modeling to making a bag from an old t-shirt!
  3. Composting
    Find out about the problems with food waste, and learn about the compost cycle. Meet our LIVE
    compost worms, plant seeds, play games and sing songs!
  4. Local Environmental Quality
    How we treat our neighbourhood can affect our area and our planet. Do litter surveys and go on a walk around your local area, to investigate the good and bad things about where we live.
  5. Waste Electrical Recycling
    Learn about the resources which go into making our electrical appliances, and what happens when they get thrown away!

Workshops can last between 1 and 2 hours, depending on topic and year group (most workshops are for 1.5 hours).

All our workshops are curriculum linked and can be tailored for all year groups, from Nursery to Year 6.

Combine any of the topics above to create a custom project over 2-4 sessions, or try one of our pre-made projects!

  1. Map Your Neighbourhood (3 sessions)
    Pupils think about their journeys to school and what there is in their local environment.  They discuss their rights and responsibilities as citizens in their local neighbourhood and identify ways of traveling.  The second session includes a walk around the local area, which is followed up with some action planning for improving the neighbourhood.
  2. Eco Journalists (2 sessions)
    Pupils will take part in a fun recycling session, which will then be followed up with a workshop where they take part in an Eco Journalist challenge, to take what they have learned and write a persuasive article to the wider school community to increase awareness about and encourage others to recycle.


Secondary Schools

We can offer a range of sessions linked to the KS3 and KS4 National Curriculum.  Our sessions can be incorporated into Art, Science, Citizenship, Design & Technology, Geography and History lessons.  We can also deliver assemblies, run engaging after-school clubs, have stalls at parent events and offer staff training. 

Topics covered include:

  1. EcoACTIVE Designers
    Pupils will learn about the raw materials used to make plastics, metal and glass, and explore the production, use and waste disposal process of some of these materials. This project aims to increase pupils awareness of the environmental impacts of a product’s lifecycle and their choices as a consumer and designer. Pupils will evaluate the work of eco-designers before designing their own sustainable product.
  2. I Save Electronics 
    This can be a one-off workshop or made into a longer, more in-depth project. Using case studies, ecoACTIVE will highlight the environmental issues that arise from the extraction of raw materials, manufacture, use and disposal of these products across the globe. The project will challenge pupils to reflect on their own use of these products and how they can be environmentally aware consumers and users of electronic and electrical equipment. Pupils will research and evaluate products made from WEEE (waste electronic and electrical equipment) before designing their own
    sustainable product.
  3. Powerful Plastics
    This can be a one-off workshop or made into a longer, more in-depth project. The project aims to increase pupil’s awareness of plastic manufacture and the environmental problems associated with them. Pupils will learn about the life cycle of a plastic product and the difficulties associated with their disposal. Using case studies, pupils will develop an action plan of how they can reduce plastic waste in your school and the local community. Pupils will also research famous artists, craft makers and designers who make art from recycled plastics before designing and making their own artwork from plastics.
  4. Trouble with Textiles
    This can be a one-off workshop or made into a longer, more in-depth project. The project aims to increase pupil’s awareness of textiles manufacturing and the environmental problems associated with it.  Pupils will learn about the raw materials used to make different types of textiles, the life cycle of clothing and the increasing problem of textile waste. Through exploring the work of sustainable textile designers, pupils will complete a textile scrap challenge to design and make (up-cycle) a product made from old textiles.
  5. Responsible Recycling
    This project aims to increase pupil’s awareness of the local and global impacts of how we use and dispose of resources. Workshops will highlight the roles of individuals, businesses, councils and governments in waste disposal and explore how waste is disposed of in different parts of the world. Practical activities within sessions will educate pupils about the recycling process through paper making and other interactive activities. Pupils will work with ecoACTIVE staff to complete a waste audit and design an action plan to improve your school’s waste disposal methods.
  6. Compost Creators
    This project aims to develop pupils’ interest in and commitment to reducing food waste, through challenging current ideas associated with consumption and food waste. Through this project pupil’s will explore in depth the nutrient cycle, the importance and role of microorganisms in decomposition and alternative methods of food waste disposal to divert it away from landfill sites and incinerators. Practical activities include identification and classification of compost-dwelling invertebrates, construction of a wormery and action planning to improve your school’s waste disposal methods.
  7. Citizenship and the Local Environment
    This project aims to encourage active involvement of pupils within the local environment by discussing their rights and responsibilities as local and global citizens. Pupils will research and draw comparisons between theirs and others’ lives across the globe and discuss how their actions can positively or negatively impact on the lives of others, their local area and the natural world. Within the project, pupils will carry out a local area study to explore key features of it and plan actions to improve their local area. This project can have a specific history focus in which pupils will research the diverse influences that have shaped their local area and draw contrasts / make connections between the past and present.




If your school or community group is in the London Borough of Hackney, we can offer you FREE workshops due to generous funding from LBH Waste & Recycling Department. ecoACTIVE works within many other London Boroughs, please contact us for a quote. 

We create eye-opening experiences for children …

… adults alike, running workshops in schools, projects in parks, community gardens, and projects with community groups and housing associations .

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