Some flowers at the school.
As part of the Lost Landscapes and Learning initiative, a wildflower meadow is being created within the school grounds.
The Meadow will make a fantastic addition to the grounds for all the pupils and will be a valuable learning tool teaching the children about the wildlife that is dependent upon it and the importance of flowers and nature.
Children will be involved in designing the layout of the meadow and helping to sow the seeds. But we need lots of hands to help us first remove some grass.
No experience is necessary, just plenty of enthusiasm. If you cannot manage the whole session you’re still welcome for however long you can dig for and for moral support.
Please come to Richard Avenue Primary School on Tuesday 27th March 2018 from 10am – 12pm and 1pm – 3pm.
Here is the leaflet with more information.
Derwent Hill 2018.
30 pupils from RAPS attended Derwent Hill and had a great learning experience amidst a significant Lakeland snowfall.
The children learning the fundamentals of the paddle.
The pupils took part in the John Muir Discovery Award, and engaged in the 4 areas of Discover, Explore, Conserve and Share. John Muir was great environmentalist who had a love of wild places and introducing them to young people.
As part of their work some 800 trees were planted by pupils, under the direction of the Environment Agency.
The children after planting some trees.
The whole residential week proved to be a tremendous Outdoor Education learning experience in which pupils not only undertook adventurous activities, developed a deeper understanding of the environment, but also learnt a lot about themselves.
The children carrying a sled together.
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.
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.
Our school is mainly litter free! Eco/Gardening club help to tidy any litter that has blown into school on a lunch time.
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.
The schools water butt for collecting rainwater.
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 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.
A tadpole from the Barnes Park pond.