It all started with a couple of strawberries, tomatoes, beans and a cabbages in 2015. We started a small garden on part of the school field and developed our pond and wildlife area. Then we planted some seeds and crossed our fingers. Over the years the garden has increased in size and children have been given more opportunities to learn about their environment. Now the school has a successful Eco-team, adventurous Forest School and dedicated gardening clubs in KS1 and KS2. More children and classes have started to grow their own fruit and vegetables with the aim of learning how to grow food for us to eat.
This year we have been awarded our 3rd Green Flag from Eco-schools!
It has taken over a year of preparation and hard work by both this year's Eco-team and last year's Eco-team. The Eco-team is made up of children from every class in the school. We meet on Tuesday afternoons to organise projects and whole school campaigns. Eco-monitors check the classes are recycling and trying to switch off lights to reduce the energy waste. They interview people like Mrs Hepworth and Mr Fowler about how the school can get better at reducing waste and saving energy.
To find out more about the Green Flag an the work Eco-Schools do click here.
Campaigns from this year
Reception and KS2 will be taking part on a Nationwide science expert to measure the mini-beasts in the soil under their feet and how this affects the local bird population.
Switch Off Fortnight 14th - 25th November
EYFS & KS1 Gardening Club- Mrs Appleby runs a club for children in Year Reception, Year 1 & Year 2 . They have their own bed in the school garden and are responsible to planting, growing and weeding their patch.
KS2 Gardening Club - Mr Prosser runs garden activities on a Friday lunchtime. Children can choose to join in planting vegetables, maintaining the pond and looking after our school environment.
Forest Schools - Mrs Appleby runs Forest School activities for children in EYFS. Small groups are taken out to carry specially planned activities to learn about their environment and learn social skills.
Congratulations to the Eco-team who have been awarded £2000 from the Tesco Bags of Help project. The money will go towards setting up a garden for families to share with the school so more people can have the opportunity to grow their own food and learn new things.