All classes in our school are engaged in Eco-based activities throughout the school year: for example, learning about the diversity of living things on Earth, how and why things grow, exploring our world, engaging as global citizens. These are embedded in our curriculum and we are always trying to find ways to make being Eco simply a part of what we do and what we learn, so we become the responsible and sustainable citizens of the future.
Y2 have been learning about Life Processes and Habitats in Science, so that they can appreciate the local wildlife and the importance of looking after their habitats.
Y2 noticed that milk ordered from Cool Milk came in cartons and single use plastic straws. We found that we couldn't recycle the cartons in our school waste. So we asked Cool Milk if we could have milk in bottles instead. Y2 have now put their writing skills to good use with our thank you letters to Cool Milk: they have swapped the cartons & plastic straws for recyclable bottles, and sent us 60 cups as well! We love healthy milk and we love reducing our waste even more.
At the end of their Science unit, Y4 have taken the opportunity to get involved in a Citizen Science project, called What's Under Your Feet. This is a survey undertaken to help scientists understand what is happening to the population of invertebrate animals, which is crucial to the food chain for larger animals and for bio-diversity in the United Kingdom. Scientists are asking schools to dig up a section of earth in different places within the school grounds and count the living things that pupils find. If we repeat this over the year and in subsequent years, we will start to get a good understanding of how things are changing and why. Despite the really rainy day, Y4 had a brilliant time digging up, counting their finds and working scientifically!
Year 4 have been investigating how humans affect animal habitats. They then wrote a letter to Greenpeace UK from the perspective of the weedy sea dragon.
Year 4 have been creating classification keys for different animals, looking at the different characteristics that they have.
Learning about continents and oceans, latitude and longitude, the Tropics and the Equator and how climate zones are different around the Earth. All with the help of this ENORMOUS floor map!
Year 4 have enjoyed their first OAA PE session of Orienteering in our extensive school grounds. Lots of team work and communication being used to find each area. The course has been specifically designed for us, using the wide variety of features and areas of interest in our gardens. We love learning outdoors!
As part of their Science topic on Living Things, Y5 have been doing some Balsam Bashing in Astley Park. They have learnt how this invasive species is taking over in our woodlands and natural areas, and have cleared a large area of Himalayan Balsam from our local park. This will allow native species to re-grow and prosper, preserving and enhancing the finely balanced ecosystems on our doorstep.
The whole school took part in a virtual author visit, with writer Dara McAnulty. Dara talked to us about the inspiration for his non-fiction book about the outdoors and nature, called "Wild Child"