New for academic year 2021-2022 is our Eco-Schools blog. We will aim to share updates with you to share our progress linked to our action plan.
We are a newly formed Eco- committee and member representation covers year groups Y2-Y6. Younger year groups will be involved as a 'sub-committee' and be lead and supported by the main Eco-committee during the summer term. Our committee is also supported by some of our environmentally conscious staff who are on hand to input ideas, support and guide pupils.
This is very much a pupil led programme. We aim to ensure pupils are actively engaging with the school community in key environmental issues through assemblies, guest speakers and hosting events/competitions.
Some of our Key Stage 2 pupils were so appalled by the litter in the hedgerows around school that they chose to do something about it and spent part of their lunchtimes this week picking up litter. They collected an astounding amount each day. Fabulous!
The Great Big School Clean 2022, Campaign led by Keep Britain Tidy
Reception children have been outdoors to litter pick the school grounds, as their contribution to 'The Great Big School Clean' campaign. In total, the children almost filled 3 carrier bags of rubbish.
On the last day before Spring half term, every pupil (& adult) planted a Summer/Autumn flowering bulb around the school grounds, in recognition of Children's Mental Health Week 2022 and this years' theme of 'Growing Together'.
In preparation for our whole school 'Plant a Bulb Day 2022', which we are hosting in collaboration with Children's Mental Health Week theme of 'Growing Together', Eco- council have been sorting out bulbs so every child (and adult) in school can plant a bulb in a marked out space within the school grounds. Mr Smith has been busy clearing some of the raised beds at the front of school to make room for the new Summer/Autumn flowering bulbs year groups will be planting in tomorrow (11th February).
In the previous academic year, we signed up to the RHS and Wildlife Trust 'Wild about Gardens' campaign. We made a pledge to create a mini habitat in our garden area. Unfortunately, due to needing to secure the area being used for the eco-garden and make it safe for pupils to access, we had to put this idea on hold until this term when year 2 seized the opportunity to contribute to our developing eco-garden (click on 'Eco- garden and Allotment' tab for update on the eco-garden progress) by constructing a beetle bucket. After scavenging the school grounds for natural things to fill the bucket with and to give beetles and other inhabitants plenty of room to hide in, they placed logs over the bucket which has been dug in to the ground. We'll check it in a few months to see what's living in there!
It may seem a quiet start to our blog but behind the scenes we have been working hard to form and establish a strong well represented Eco- committee for this academic year. We have been meeting on a regular basis and have carried out an environmental review. From the environmental review, we are now beginning to formulate an action plan containing outcomes we would like to achieve by the end of this academic year and beyond. Keep checking back though, we'll soon be sharing our progress!