Our school is working towards the Eco-Schools Green Flag accreditation and we have elected our new Green Team! These are four Year 1 children who will work with Miss Staniforth to lead the school in becoming more eco-friendly. We believe that finding ways to ‘save the world’ by protecting and improving the environment will enhance the ability for everyone to ‘Live life in all its fullness’ (John 10:10). Particularly through developing a deep appreciation for the natural world and taking part in practical action, giving us hope for the future and all that it brings.
Our school vision runs through all we do, including our Eco Schools work:
We are learning how to save the world!
We have made an art wall from recycled materials, which we hope to be able to paint again and again to have a changing art feature. We even learnt how to use a staple gun (but only with an adult!) to attach the cardboard to the wall.
We made a musical instrument from old bottles and jars stood up in a trough of sand. We carefully poured water into the containers and then discovered that different amounts of water make different sounds when you blow across the open top of the container.
We even mended the loop on a coat, using our sewing skills!
We found out on Tuesday that we have been awarded our first Eco Schools badge, which was very exciting. Mrs Ip explained that our next challenge is to work on attracting wildlife to the school grounds, so we came up with lots of ideas for how to do this. The children wanted to grow flowers for butterflies and bees, so we decided to spend some of the enterprise money we made last term on sunflower seeds!
We made a wormery to learn more about how worms recycle plant waste into plant food.
We began making a rag rug as a way to use fabric scraps from our sewing that are too small to sew with.
We made signs and posters to remind each other to turn off taps and lights when they’re not needed.
We learnt about how art can send a message without using words and tried to work out what message artists were trying to send when they made art from recycled materials. We also watched some mime and dance with an eco theme and worked out the message from the actions. This inspired us to create some art (2D pictures, 3d sculpture or performing art) to send a message to an audience. At the end of the day, everyone showed/performed their art to the class and we discussed the messages in the artwork.
We wrote about how to save the world and made toys and presents from recycled materials.
We learnt about Greta Thunberg and how she is inspiring people to look after the world, then in Forest School, Year 2 planted some new trees in our school grounds. We then asked if we could say prayers to ask God to help the trees grow big and strong! Year 1 have also been planting trees in their Forest School sessions.