The children picking rubbish out of sand.
We recently held a Recycling Week here at school. Our aim was to ensure that the children know:
- What is pollution and what link does it have to recycling?
- What is recycling and why is it important?
- What impact can you have to help our environment?
We did this by carrying out a number of discussions and activities with all the year groups.
Key Stage 1 did such things as looking at the story of the Messy Magpie and how collecting litter ruined her habitat. From this the children had a discussion about the impact of pollution and wrote a poem about 5 ways we can help the Earth. This culminated in an activity to sort through rubbish left in different terrains to see what needed to be recycled and what thrown into the rubbish.
The children separating normal waste from recycling.
Key Stage 2 watched the BBC documentary The Blue Planet, and followed it with a discussion about how waste, including plastic waste is having an extreme negative effect on our planets oceans. They made a poster showing 5 ways to help the Earth and carried out an Environmental Review where they answered check boxes and left comments about how our school meets up to the expectations of the Eco Schools Ten Sustainable Topics.
An example from our Environmental Reviews carried out by the children.
The veg for sale.
Tonight after school these delicious, scrumptious vegetables from the school allotment will be for sale at hometime in the school yard. No set price, we just ask you make a donation towards our school. Please pass on to parents who are non website or Twitter users!
Signs made by the children.
The finished pots.
Gardening and Art club working together in partnership with Sunderland City council to design two large plant pots to be displayed in Sunderland City centre. The children designed a Sustainable theme to highlight the importance of reducing plastic waste entering our oceans to help save our seas and marine life. #RAPSplastic
The children planting up the pots.
The Fairtrade display showing all the work the children did throughout the week.
The school have held a Fairtrade week.
We started the week with a whole school assembly about Fairtrade and then each year group carried out research into why Fairtrade is important and why we should be supporting it. The children then made posters to encourage people to buy Fairtrade products. Year 2 wrote letters from the point of view of Fairtrade farmers, telling people why Fairtrade helps them and their families. Year 5 and 6 held a discussion on whether we should buy Fairtrade chocolate and the arguments both for and against.
All this work culminated with a display board we have put up in school that displays all aspects of the work we have done throughout the week.
The children being given their digging instructions.
As part of the Lost Landscapes and Learning initiative, a wildflower meadow is being created within the school grounds.
Today the children with volunteers began to dig out the turf and shape what will become our new wildflower meadow. Everyone worked really hard to create what will be both a educational space and a wildlife area for both flowers and the creatures they attract.
The next step will be the sowing of the seeds which should take place after we return from our Easter break.
The children preparing the ground.
The children asking questions about the process.
Year 4 Children at Cragside.
Year 4 visited the Cragside Estate in Northumberland. Cragside was the home of Victorian inventor Lord Armstrong who was the first in the world to power his home using hydroelectricity. The children were given an opportunity to see how he did this and to find out all about how he was able to generate his own electricity in this way. Because our science topic is based on electricity this was the perfect opportunity to find out about more sustainable ways of generating this precious resource. It was also great to see this beautiful house and the stunning grounds it is set in.
I liked the power station the best. But also the lake and the wheel.
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.
The first chick to hatch now known as Norma or Audrey.
Foundation stage had a visit from the Zoo Lab to observe and hold a variety of Minibeasts for their topic work.
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.