Archives for 'Eco Club' Category

Northumbria in Bloom Planters

Northumbria in Bloom pots
The finished pot in position in Sunderland.

RAPS Gardening club representative showing their skills of design and planting to the Northumbria In Bloom judges. Raising awareness of the importance of reducing plastic waste clogging up our oceans. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!

Green Flag Renewal Marine Homework Topic

The children collected rubbish and plastic from beaches.

Having previously achieved three Eco-Schools Green Flag awards and covered 9 of the Eco-Schools topics, the Eco-Committee at Richard Avenue Primary School decided to work on Eco-Schools England’s newest topic, Marine, for their Green Flag renewal.

Working with Sunderland City Council for the second year running, the children were asked to design and create large planters to be used in the cities busy shopping areas. The Eco-Committee worked with their school’s Art Club to produce eco-friendly planters that raised awareness of the problems plastic waste causes to our oceans and marine life.

The children then decided that as well as displaying art work, they also wanted to actively prevent further pollution: the upcoming school holidays were the perfect opportunity to do this. The Eco-Committee and Coordinator found a video clip from (the legendary) David Attenborough that highlighted plastic pollution in the oceans. This clip was shown in an assembly to the whole school and kicked off the holiday homework project.

Despite being lucky enough to live near very well maintained beaches, the children in Richard Avenue Primary School understand that every little helps!

Biodiversity Around School

Wildflowers in school
The children planted wildflowers to encourage bees.

The children have had many different experiences looking at nature and where nature makes a home.

They planted lavender and wildflowers to encourage Bees into our Friendship garden.

Nursery looked after living eggs until they hatched when a member of staff took them home to live with them.

School Chick just after it hatched
The first chick to hatch now known as Norma or Audrey.

Foundation stage had a visit from cheap tramadol buy the Zoo Lab to observe and hold a variety of Minibeasts for their topic work.

Making Bird Feeds

Homemade bird feeders
The homemade bird feeders.

Year One have been learning about Spring time and now know that lots of baby animals are born in Spring.

There is a bird box in the Friendship Garden, where a little bird has laid her eggs. The children decided to help her to feed her babies, by making bird feeders. They researched what common UK wild birds like to eat, then used those ingredients to make their feeders.

The children have hung them in the Friendship garden for the mother blue tit. We hope she likes them!

Energy Monitoring

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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

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

Looking for Mini Beasts

The children ready to search the wildlife garden
The children ready to search the wildlife garden.

Reception have been learning about mini beasts. They put on their wellies and raincoats and using magnifying glasses went on a hunt in the school’s wildlife garden looking for an assortment of different types of insects. They had great fun lifting logs and looking through the plants and grass to find all types of different creepy crawlies.

Reused Waste

recycling spot
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.