A photo of our Wildlife Garden
The school is extremely pleased to announce we have been awarded the International Eco-Schools Award for continued excellence in improving environmental performance and learning.
The assessor commented that:
The children and staff are amazing and have the Eco-Schools Ethos woven into everything they do. The school grounds where extremely tidy with great use of all available wall space to display the children’s work.
The wind turbine has a meter attached and I was shown how much energy it had produced over the weekend. A great tool to get the children thinking about renewable energy and sustainability.
On top of this take a look at some of the wonderful things we do at Richard Avenue regarding environmental learning and see some photos of our amazing school grounds.
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 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.
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.