We have been taking part in Switch Off Fortnight. After an initial assembly all the children agreed to try and switch off lights and turn off taps whenever they could.
We have just dug up the last carrots. A new rhubarb crown was planted so we can look forward to some rhubarb crumble next year.
Colchester Schoold in Bloom
The Wild Garden and Colchester in Bloom Councillor Dave Harris and Yaz from Colchester Schools in Bloom visited school on Monday. Representatives from Gardening club and Eco schools along with Mrs Canham showed our visitors around the school site to see all the wonderful things we have been doing. The visitors were very impressed with all the Eco school work across the whole school; Forest school activities; our voting systems in school and especially the planting that has taken place. The children were very enthusiastic to share how and what they have achieved over the year talking confidently to our visitors. Although we do not know about any the judgement yet, Councillor Harris couldn’t express enough his high regard for the work we do as a school. Therefore, we await the outcome and we will let you know about any award ceremony in the near future.
The whole school had a BEE WEEK which was very successful. The children found out how important bees are to us and our planet. As Jessica said, ‘No bees, no us!’
In the Nursery the children have been busy planting as usual. Their outside area is a magnet for wildlife.
In Reception the children played a pollinating game. They used cheesy wotsits to cover their fingers in pretend pollen and then saw how the bees drop pollen into each flower. They had a real bee hive in the outside classroom and even dressed up as bee keepers.
In Year 1 the children made collage bees which are up and around the school. They investigated the life cycle of a honey a bee too.
In the outside areas you can see where garden club and year 2 have been gardening, planting and labelling, all focused on attracting bees.
There is a lot of bee art and bee science which can be seen around the school. Come and look at all the hard work the classes have put into making the outside areas attractive for wildlife and children.
We hope to apply for our next level of Eco-Schools accreditation in the Autumn.
RSPB Big Bird Watch
We used all the RSPB bird watching resources to help identify the birds in our school grounds. Reception put up a new bird table. Garden club as well as individual classes are busy feeding the birds
Waste Week March 2018
We all took part in Waste week this year. We had an assembly showing the effect of plastics in the sea. Lots of children have started to use reusable plastic drinks bottles in their lunchboxes. The effects of healthy schools and eco schools can be seen in our lunchboxes. There is lots of discussion in the dinner hall of healthy living.
Colchester Schools in Bloom
We are entered into the competition again this year. Each class is busy planting and growing in containers and raised beds. This work is linked with our science curriculum.
During the Summer term the whole school is taking part in a bee week when we will learn about the important work that bees do. As Jessica in Year 2 said ‘No bees, no us’. Each class is sowing seeds and planting flowers that will provide food for the bees.
Everyone is loving Forest Schools. In Year 2 we have been making our Forest School name badges. We all had to choose a forest school name which we put on a badge. The children sawed logs and drilled holes to make their badges. Gill brought lots of woodland toys and puppets to help us learn about our native wildlife.
- formation of an Eco-School committee with a member from each class, the Eco-School committee will meet half termly
- an audit of all areas of the school to identify key elements that could work towards developing a greener environment
- action plan to cover our chosen themes which are healthy living, biodiversity, school grounds and litter
- Healthy Living built into Spring Term curriculum planning has looked at the topics of healthy eating and our bodies
- Forest School for years 1 and 2 which involves an external Forest School specialist delivering weekly sessions following the Forest School curriculum
- bird feeding stations set up outside each class area, the children are encouraged to feed the birds daily and to make observations of their habits and types of birds that are visiting the bird feeding stations
- RSPB Big Birdwatch was completed by all classes, the children all went out to participate in the bird count
- school Garden club meets weekly involving practical gardening activities
- children are educated to be aware of litter dropping and the effects it has on the environment
- the school has a positive approach to recycling, all classes have a paper recycle bin and are mindful of recyclable products
- the school and children are very focus on reducing the amount of electricity being used daily
- all daily school fruit sourced locally