This week (June 2015) we have all been busy in school taking part in our ‘moooooove over poverty’ week. All of our learning in school has been linked to a Christian Aid project called ‘Send a Cow’ which involves fundraising to help pay for a cow to be sent over to Africa.
This project has helped the children deepen their understanding of developing countries in Africa. Here are some of the activities the children took part in:-
Two of the eco-councillors (Archie and Maddie) helped explain the project in a whole school assembly with Mrs Kemp.
All of the children were set the homework task of decorating a milk carton as a cow and collecting spare change for Christian aid. Look at some of their excellent efforts.
In Key Stage 1 they have been busy focussing on water use in Africa and how this compare with their own water use at home. They then used old plastic bottles to create their own ingenious designs out of water bottles. For example toy cars, water sprinklers for a garden, or even a garden mobile…
All of the school have been cooking and indeed tasting delicious African snacks…delicious
In KS2 they have concentrated on a design technology challenge! That of designing, making and evaluating small versions of a simple water conserving/washing device used in African countries that is controlled by movement. This is called the ‘Tip tap washer’. Each class made small versions and then voted on the best class design, this was then made outside and you can see them being used in our garden area.
As well as all of this children have been immersed in all things African. There have been Fairtrade debates, African performance poetry, Tingatinga art (African animal patterns) and lots more….it’s fair to say the children have had a busy and worthwhile fundraising week.
Thank you to all of the Eco-councillors and staff for their ideas and for the enthusiasm of all of the school in helping to support this very worthwhile project.
Autumn term 2014
This term the Eco team have focussed on improving everyone’s understanding of the school’s Eco aim to conserve energy. We decided to focus our energy week on understanding the importance of using renewable energy.
We began the week with Mrs Kemp (along with some of the Eco councillors) sharing the ideas for learning in a whole school assembly. Each class was to complete an activity teaching children about why energy is important and how they could help save it. The councillors also reminded the children how we needed to conserve our heat energy in school and improve our energy rating!
What did we do?
The Eco-school councillors took on the very important job of taking daily classroom temperatures (in the morning, lunch and at the end of school) as well as competing an audit of doors and windows to see how much energy was being lost.
Well done to CLASS 1 who received the certificate for being the best energy efficient classroom!
During our busy week of learning, Reception and key stage 1 looked at how power is used around the world and how we in the UK use so many everyday appliances that use electricity.
In Key Stage 2, Class 3/4 looked at how we could use different insulating materials to improve the school building. Here they are busy testing!
Class 4/5 and 5/6 focussed on creating their own mini wind turbines and how effective they were at creating energy. Here are some of their design ideas and evaluations; I think you’ll agree we have some budding engineers in the making!
We chose 3 areas we needed to work on for our action plan:
- Waste minimisation reduce/recycle/reuse.
- Improving school biodiversity by encouraging wildlife and developing a gardening club.
- Saving energy (focus on conserving light and heat – and switch on/switch off week autumn term 2013.
What have we done?
- Collect fruit and kitchen waste and compost daily.
- New labels and signs have been put up in each class room reminding children of recycling and reusing paper and fruit waste.
- A weekly certificate is given out to the best recycling/reducing/reusing class.
- Helped to create and mount a display board on RRR.
- Devised an ‘Eco code of conduct’ (so everyone knows what we’re working on!)
- Eco councillors have used the pod website for ideas and activities (we have all had to log on and visit the Big Wildlife section to come up with ideas for the action plan).
- Regular half termly meetings are held to discuss next steps on the action plan.
We’ve successfully taken part in 2 national campaigns
To highlight the plight of the possible extinction of tigers and rhinos. The whole school took part in a national campaign ‘If They’re gone’ (July 2013) and designed fab posters. We are delighted to say; WE WON THE MIDLANDS REGION WITH JOSH MORRIS’ DESIGN! The school were given 10 tickets to West Midlands Safari Park as a reward.
Whole school recently participated in ‘Switch Off fortnight’ Nov 2013. Highlighting the importance of saving energy at school and home and the concern of global warming. Yr 5/6 wrote short synopsis for newsletter. Yr 4/5 devised plays about importance of saving energy. Eco-councillors conducted surveys throughout 2 weeks – (Yr 5/6 being the best energy saving class) All kS2 have undertaken home learning activities. Yr 3/4 designed posters and stickers to display around school…
Further ways we have embedded sustainability in the curriculum
Year 3/4 as part of their science in summer term 2013 created bee and insect houses as well as mini wildlife ponds to encourage biodiversity in the school grounds.
Year 5/6 recently received GREEN BADGES FROM BLUE PETER (21 Nov 2013) for letters about the importance of conserving water!!!
Our bronze ECO award
Our ECO committee won a bronze award for the school. To achieve the bronze award the Eco-Committee members have;
- Formed an Eco-Committee consisting of pupils and adults
- The group meets at least once every term
- Records are kept of meetings
- The Eco-Committee has completed an environmental review covering the Eco-Schools 9 topics.
- Results of the review have been discussed by the Eco-Committee.
- Developed an action plan
- Produced a basic action plan influenced by the environmental review and shared the plan with the rest of the school community
- Identified areas of progress towards achieving elements of the action plan.
- Linked the plan to the curriculum so that the school can indicate that environmental issues have been covered within curriculum work.
- Involved the whole school and wider community
- Created a prominent, designated notice board within the school detailing Eco-Schools activities.
- Continue to monitor and evaluate progress
The Eco-Committee can identify progress towards achieving elements of the action plan by monitoring their actions.
Well done Eco Committee Members for your excellent work and commitment!