Eco-schools

Eco-Schools is an international award program that guides schools on their sustainable journey, providing a framework to help embed these principles into the heart of school life.

We address a variety of environmental themes, ranging from litter and waste to healthy living and biodiversity.

Measuring and monitoring is an integral part of the Eco-Schools program, providing us with all the evidence we need to showcase our environmental success.

We were first awarded the highest Eco-schools accolade ‘Green Flag’ in June 2004 and have held it since. We are proud to have achieved our 7th Green Flag this year with flying colours.

 

www.eco-schools.org.uk

Energy

As part of Science Week in the Spring Term Class 3 analysed the schools energy usage by calculating mean, medians and ranges of the data!

Every year we take part in ‘Switch off Fortnight’ (20/11/17 – 3/12/17) where the children and staff are reminded about how to save energy and the importance of doing this. Eco-Committee members ensure pupils and staff turn off appliances if they are not in use!

Saving energy is a big part of our day to day school life – children and staff are encouraged regularly to turn off appliances and lights. We regularly review our energy bills as well as using renewable energy to power our school – solar panels and a woodchip boiler!

 

School grounds

It’s Class 3’s turn in the garden this term – there is lots growing so please have your money ready on a Wednesday after school to purchase our wonderful produce, all money raised goes directly back into our garden.

Class 3 used some delicious strawberries and lettuce in their ‘Seasonal Afternoon Tea’ on the 12th June, which was appreciated by the children and parents/careers.

 

Global Partnerships

Last term the children took part in Fair trade Fortnight. All classes discussed what Fairtrade is and the Eco-Committee produced a lovely acrostic poem for our school newsletter. We also enjoyed the produce sold at our Traidcraft Shop on the 21st and 22nd March.

This years focus has been investigating the issue of world hunger and during our Eco-Mornings children have investigated where ingredients come from and have had thought proving discussions and activities about hunger.

Waste

This year  one of our school ‘Eco-Mornings’ focuses has been on the topical issue of Reducing, Reusing and Recycling plastic due to the effects of its overuse and detrimental effects on our ocean wildlife.

The Eco committee conducted a survey of our school waste during the Spring Term and  have presented the information on our school Eco board and have informed relevant staff!

Our school manages it’s waste carefully; each classroom and office area has different types of bins so children and adults know how to sort waste. The children have a rota to empty the bins into the recycling, compost and general waste.

Biodiversity

It’s Class 3’s turn to study the pond area, this Summer term they will be classifying the creatures they find and producing a system for the younger years to use when they are pond dipping!

‘Wear It Wild’ was enjoyed by all the school on October 20th! Each class completed a range of activities linked endangered wild animals around the world.

Transport

As a consequence of our traffic survey results we have started a walking bus which leaves every morning from the village hall car park at 8.50. This initiate has proved very popular and traffic congestion in the car park has reduced too!

This Spring term we will be focusing on the ‘Transport’ topic as it is an area for improvement on our current Eco Schools action plan. The Eco-committee will be conducting a transport survey; interpreting the data in order to find solutions to our car park congestion. The whole school will also be taking part in the ‘Big Shift’ campaign – encouraging children to walk, bike or scooter to school where possible.

 

Water

Saving water is always on our minds – around the school there are many posters reminding pupils and staff to turn off taps and to think about their water usage. Our whole school Summer Term trip in 2017 was to the Waterworks Museum proved a huge success! The children learnt about our local water supply and also completed tasks to remind them about the importance of saving water.

Litter

We regularly partake in litter picking sessions during gardening, welly walk and forest schools – we are always amazed as to what we find!

Last year Class 2 collected rubbish around the school grounds . They were surprised with the quantity (nearly 2kg) and wrote a poem about their findings and; then delivered their important message in the end of spring term assembly.

There’s litter in our school grounds,

That no one seems to have found.

Littering is a sin.

Please take it to the bin!

I know you didn’t drop that pear

But life’s not very fair!

It’s everyone’s job to pick it up

Before the pile builds up,

We all liked the packets insides,

But now it’s time we restored our pride.

 

Healthy Eating

Class 3 renewed the school’s healthy eating policy in the Summer term 2017 by surveying eating habits of children, parents and staff!

We provide fruit to all children at morning break-time, educating them to eat healthy and we continually review school dinners.