Archives filed under environment

Reception trip to Barnes Park | October 12, 2016

The Children looking at the pond at Barnes Park
The children looking at the pond at Barnes Park.

Reception went to Barnes Park to have a look at how the local environment changes in Autumn. They collected leaves from the ground to bring back to school to make autumn pictures.

Energy Monitoring | April 26, 2016

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The school solar panels.

Each class has an Energy monitor to monitor how much energy we can save.

The children remind their peers and Teachers to switch off lights and boards when leaving the room and close windows to keep heat in. In Eco/Gardening club the children monitor how much energy school saves from having our wind turbine and PV panels.

Cleaning up Litter | April 20, 2016

Our school is mainly litter free! Eco/Gardening club help to tidy any litter that has blown into school on a lunch time.

Reused Waste | November 26, 2015

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The school recycling spot.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!

The children bring in lots from home to recycle and help save our environment. Some of the things brought from home include plastic bags, paper, greetings cards, batteries, mobile phones, bottle tops etc…

The school is also careful with its water consumption. We use water butts to water our school allotment and grounds.

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The schools water butt for collecting rainwater.

Global Citizenship | September 26, 2015

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The children help tidy up Barnes Park.

The children have helped our Local park keep small children safe in their lay area by helping to rebuild the willow hedge around the outside with members of our local council.

Vegetables grown in our school allotment are sold to parents and children in the Summer vegetable sale. The proceeds are donated to our current school charity which supports underprivileged children living in Africa.

Year 2 visit Barnes Park | June 3, 2015

Year 2 pupils at Barnes Park
Year 2 pupils at Barnes Park.

Year 2 recently went to Barnes Park to explore and ​do some pond dipping, as part of their animals and habitats topic. They had a great time using all the special equipment and caught lots of pond creatures including some tadpoles! But don’t worry, all tadpoles where returned to the water at the end of the day.

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A tadpole from the Barnes Park pond.

Best Sustainable School Winners 2014! | July 16, 2014

Miss Halliday with the winning students
Miss Halliday with some of the winning students.

We are excited to reveal that we’ve won the Best Sustainable school Award!

The Eco/Gardening club entered the Journal and Gazette newspaper School awards July 2014 and were shortlisted into the top 3 Best Sustainable school Award.

Miss Halliday took Poppy Smith, Shane Spoors, Tyrese Giblin and Lauren Green pupils from Year 4 and Eco/Gardening club members to the award ceremony at Ramside Hall. The children took part in golfing activities and had a mini-beast experience before the award ceremony.

As part of our Sustainable school entry we made a book all about RAPS Sustainability projects both new and ongoing within our school. We also made a ‘News report’ video showcasing our fantastic provision for an Eco friendly learning environment.

As a school we have ‘reduce, reuse, recycle’ at the heart of our philosophy for moving forward. We have embedded the sustainable curriculum into our lessons and over time have developed fantastic provision for children to develop their knowledge of maintaining and developing a sustainable school.

Our Friendship garden includes developing a bee environment by planting lavender to encourage bees to use the school grounds to collect pollen. Our wildlife garden continues to grow with the building of a second bug hotel and planting of more wild plants. We have developed a new allotment plot over the last two years and are very successfully growing a variety of fruit and vegetables.

Thank you to the Journal and Gazette newspaper for recognising the staff and children’s sustained efforts in this important subject.

Bloom Colours | June 26, 2014

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Detail from the Wildlife Garden.

To launch the 2014 RHS Britain in Bloom campaign and to celebrate Bloom’s golden anniversary, the school has entered this years Britain in Bloom and Sunderland in Bloom competitions.

We have a long history of horticultural awards having achieved a fantastic outcome in the 2013 awards grading us the highest ‘gold’ standard within the Northumbria area to the point where the school was included in the Sunderland City in Bloom local area judging route.

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Detail from the allotment.

We haven’t rested on our laurels however and with summer slowly approaching we’ve been out re-potting and planting and watching the mature plants come into bloom bringing with them the colour of spring and summer to our already beautiful gardens.

We will fully update you with how the judging goes in time.

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Detail from the Friendship Garden.