Hello and welcome to our Eco Page!
Here at St Patrick's we are always looking for ways to look to improve our school environment and thinking about how our actions impact the world around us.
Before half term, Miss Jones met with the Eco Council for the first time this year. We shared many ideas for how to make our school even more 'eco-friendly' than it already is! Every member of the Eco Council was tasked with going back to their classes to gain more ideas from all the juniors. We will meet again this half term to share these ideas and discuss how we can move forward with some of them.
Over the past few years, we have been focusing on the three R's and this is still something we consider to be of great importance:
Reduce - We are trying to reduce our carbon footprint by using less energy in our everyday lives.
Reuse - We are trying to make use of the things that we have already rather than buying new.
Recycle - We currently recycle paper, batteries, plastic bottles and toner cartridges.
What could you do at home to help the environment?
We are always looking for new ideas so if you have an idea please tell your class Eco councillors.
St Pat's Veggie Patch!
Mr Nolan and the Eco Council have previously worked hard to cultivate the St Pat's Veggie Patch. The current Eco Council would like to continue to plant different seeds in the hopes we can pass on the produce to the kitchen to use in our delicious salads!
4N Litter Audit
St Patrick's is proud to be a virtually litter-free school. 4N spent a sunny June morning conducting a litter audit of St Patrick's School to make sure this was still the case. The children assessed the quantity of litter in different areas and produced tally charts and a final report detailing where they found the most litter, reasons why and practical ways in which to reduce litter on the school grounds. One of our favourite suggestions came from Reece who suggested the school buy litter pickers for the Eco Council to use at lunch time and play times. Great idea, Reece! That's something we'll definitely look at next year!
Recycling in Reception
Miss Brough in Reception S has been teaching the children all about the importance of recycling. The children sorted recyclable items according to their material and suggested ways in which we can re-use a variety of thing around school and the home. The children were then invited to use some of our own recycling to create a junk model. The children decided to make some Recycling Superheroes which tied in with our superhero literacy work.
The Eco Council have been busy making bird feeders for the Reception outdoor area using pipe cleaners and cheerios. The reception children couldn't help but get involved too! They've really brightened up the trees and we have seen lots of birds visit for a quick snack. They are so easy to make, why not give them a go yourself?
The Eco Council decided they wanted to create a bug hotel in the Junior wild garden area. They brought in items from home and collected things at school to create a habitat for our creepy crawly friends.
Sport Skills Academy Visit
The Junior children have been very lucky as Mr Beckham and Mr Ryan from 'Sports Skills Academy' have visited each class for a Sport and Science enrichment day through the Spring and Summer terms. The children have learned a variety of technical football skills and supplemented their science learning with a nutrition workshop where the children learned the importance of a balanced diet and how each food group benefits the human body. Photographs of 3G's session can be seen here.
Fair Trade Breakfast February 2016
This year the whole school celebrated Fair Trade fortnight by hosting a Fair Trade breakfast in their classrooms. The children loved sampling the different types of food and extended their knowledge of what Fair Trade means and how it impacts the lives of others globally. The Eco Council have been delighted to see the lovely work produced over this fortnight - from football shirts and posters to leaflets and recipes. Thank you to everyone for taking part.
International Children's Day
The children in Year 6 took part in International Children's Day on Friday 11th November. They watched the video clip 'Do you see me?' and then created acrostic poems based on the subject of child neglect and homelessness. Their work was poignant and heartfelt. The teachers were incredibly moved by the classes' emotional response to this subject. Thank you Year 6.
Energy Month November 2015
The whole school have taken part in Energy Month this year. Our Eco Councillors have taken on the role of Energy Monitors at school and will report back to all council members at our next Eco meeting. Thank you to everyone who completed their energy detective surveys over the weekend.
World Animal Day 4th October 2015
The children in Reception have taken part in World Animal Day by going on a bug hunt in their outdoor area. In the Spring term the Reception children will also be able to look after some caterpillars and observe as they transform into butterflies and are released into the natural environment. Take a look at photos of this here and here.