Today the Eco Reps met for the first time to meet each other and discuss their role. Everyone was very excited to be an Eco Rep and share their passion for protecting the environment for themselves and future generations.
Today we discussed what issues are close to the heart of the children and they had the opportunity to discuss this with the other Eco Reps. They shared some ideas and decided what they would like to focus on in the future.
Their ideas included;
Looking after trees and planting trees within the school environment,
Planting flowers within the school grounds to attract wildlife,
Having a whole school "Eco Day" to highlight some of the world's most worrying issues and concerns,
Having a stall at the summer fayre to raise money for Eco Rep activities or to send to a wildlife charity.
The Eco Reps will meet again later in the term to take part in some activities and to discuss their ideas and make them happen!
We have done lots of learning about how to keep our school site and local community 'Green' after celebrating 'Green Week' in school. We have learnt about Greta Thunberg in Assembly time and learnt about what she believes. We have also discussed ideas in our Collective Worship time in class.
Our new Eco Reps are currently being chosen so please watch this space to find out more about them and their amazing work they will be doing this year!
Mrs Chavan is one of our amazing school governors here at Park Street and is ALWAYS finding ways to support our school to continue making it such a wonderful place to be part of. Mrs Chavan not only works here as a governor but works tireless within our local community too, often with her two children who are also members of our Park Street team.
Some of you may have noticed that a few weeks ago in our local area magazine, a whole article was dedicated to Mrs Chavan for her work in the community!
Mrs Chavan has been a Ward Alliance Community Representative for seven years and taken part in many different activities to improve our area for the better. One of the activities has been funding community gardens, and Mrs Chavan has taken part in litter picks as well, both with Park Street and within the community amongst many other things!
Thank you Mrs Chavan for your tireless effort. It has not gone unnoticed by the Park Street team, and I am sure it certainly hasn't gone unnoticed by everyone living in our area! THANK YOU!
Today the KS2 Eco Reps went on another litter pick in our local area. We began by litter picking at school and were dismayed to find so many sweet wrappers on the school driveway. The Eco Reps thought that some of the wrappers had been dropped by children and wondered why parents did not make their child pick up their rubbish and put it in the bin. This is something we will be discussing in our Eco Rep meetings after the Easter Holidays.
We were joined by a member from the Twiggs team and we litter picked along Park Street and the local housing estate. Yet again the Eco Reps were appalled with the amount of litter, especially in the salt bins and at the bus stop by school. There were lots of bottles, cans, sweet wrappers and other general rubbish discarded behind it.
The Eco Reps would like to complete a final litter pick in the summer term. Thank you Eco Reps for caring and making a difference to our community!
A few months ago we were lucky enough to secure some trees from the Woodland Trust to plant at school. Today some of the younger Eco Reps in school accompanied Miss Clementson and Mrs Greenhalge to the Nature Area to plant them.
The saplings were planted alongside the path and will create a hedge over time for insects and other wildlife to live in.
Classes will study the saplings over time to notice how they change and will observe them throughout the seasons to see how they change as well.
These saplings will support our ecosystem and help to provide a richer habitat for animals and plants.
Thank you Mrs Greenhalge for all your help and support today!
Last year our bid for some trees from the Woodland Trust was successful and our trees are now on the way! These will be planted as hedging in the nature area for all year groups to observe and learn about nature through the seasons as well as throughout their time at Park Street.
Keep watching this space for more details. The trees should arrive by the middle of March and the Eco Reps will arrange a planting session. Photos and updates to follow!
Today some of the Eco Reps went to the Nature Area to plant some bulbs ready for spring. We know that we need to attract bees and other wildlife to our habitat to keep it rich and the ecosystem thriving.
We decided where we needed to plant them and dug holes for the bulbs and covered them over. We chose to plant a variety of daffodils, tulips and crocuses.
We loved planting and even found some worms! We were very excited, especially as it was one Eco Reps first time holding one!
After planting we explored the nature area to see if we could see any signs of spring. We found crocuses, bluebells and snowdrops growing and there were some buds beginning to grow on trees!
Here are some photos of our activity!
Today the Eco Reps took part in The Big Schools' Birdwatch organised by the RSPB. We were joined by Mrs Greenhalge who brought her wealth of knowledge about birds!
First we visited the school field and saw lots of magpie's and some crows. We then visited the Nature Area and used our spotter sheets to tick off all the birds we found. Some of us were lucky enough to see a robin perched on the fence but most of the birds were a lot larger. At one point we saw 6 magpie's fly and rest in the trees and a very large wood pigeon! The smaller birds were harder to spot as they darted about but we think we saw a blue tit and a sparrow!
We collated our results and sent them to the RSPB so they can have a bigger picture about what birds are flourishing in our environment and what birds might be in decline. We discussed this being very important so we can change our environment to support and encourage birds that might be in decline.
We will be awarded with our certificates in assembly and have our bird feeder making session to look forward to on 19th January.
All parents in school should have received a letter today about a competition the Eco Reps would like to run in school.
The reps would like to highlight the issue of recycling and encourage more people to do this. Each class will collect recycling from home and create a sculpture within their art lesson. These sculptures will be judged by the Eco Reps and the most creative and wonderful sculpture will win! The Eco Reps are yet to decide on the prize but are excited to collect the recycling instead of it ending up in the bin and then on landfill sites.
Please collect any recycling you can (see the letter) and hand it to your child's class teacher. The sculpture will be made after Christmas and may take a few art sessions to complete as all children will be involved.
Watch this space for the winner and the fabulous photos!
To make our school more eco-friendly and attract wildlife we are in the process of applying for some free trees from the Woodland Trust.
These will hopefully go in our nature area to make some hedging so all classes can learn about growing and planting and observe how they change over the seasons and throughout their time in school. They can take part in bug hunts too and EYFS classes will be able to learn about them during their weekly welly walk!
Please keep your fingers crossed that we are successful!
Wombwell Park Street Primary School,
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