May 2022 Update
This term, children across the school have been learning about the importance of re-using and recycling our waste products. They have learnt which items should go in which bin, what happens once our bins are collected and what happens to our waste once it gets to the recycling plant. Scroll down to see what each class have been doing to reduce our waste and make our environment a better place for all!
Envirosort Zoom Presentation (2021)
Michelle from Envirosort Recycling Centre near Worcester, talked to the KS2 children in school, via Zoom, about what happens to our recycling once we put it in our green bins. Many of the KS2 children working at home accessed the presentation as well and completed some home learning tasks that taught them the value of recycling, made them think about the kinds of materials that can be recycled and encouraged them to think about how we can reuse our waste to make new, useful products.
KS2 were lucky to meet virtually with Professor Rashid Gatrad to hear all about the campaign he is involved with; World Against Single Use Plastic. Over a Zoom meeting, Professor Gatrad explained all about his work with school children and what a difference it can make to our world if we do not use single-use plastics. The children learned about the damage caused to our oceans and wildlife and what harm micro-plastics can do to humans too, if ingested via the food chain.
The children listened carefully to the presentation, which gave them plenty to think about and talk about afterwards in their classes. We hope they've spread the word with all of you at home too, because by reducing our use of single-use plastics, we can make a difference to the world in which we live.
Professor Gatrad contacted me afterwards to tell me how much he enjoyed speaking with everyone, and commented on everyone's enthusiasm and great answers to his quiz questions. Well done KS2!
Autumn Term 2020
Children in KS2 have spent some of their lessons learning about David Attenborough's message to the world and about the effect that global warming is having on our planet.
The children considered the meaning of the words "climate change" and thought about what they could do to help our planet. They had some super ideas and created messages to spread to families and friends in the form of posters, board games to play and video messages.
Visit to Envirosort Recycling Centre - 2020
Our 13 eco-warriors were taken to Envirosort to find out what happens when we put recyclable materials in our green bin at home and in school.
We listened to a presentation all about what happens at the centre, took part in activities to help us remember which materials can be recycled in Wychavon and then we had a tour of the factory.
We heard about the sorting machines which first separate out the glass by breaking it up, then remove the flat paper and card. We saw how the magnets sort the metal cans for recycling and then how the machines bundle up all our recyclable materials so they can be used again!
It was a fascinating morning out for us all!
Wonderful Water Assembly and Workshops - January 2020
We were visited by Maxine from Severn Trent Water who came in to tell us all about what we can do to save water at home and in school. She talked to everyone in a whole school assembly and then worked with children in Key Stage 2 to encourage them to think of ways they can be water savers at home! Everyone took home some very important messages.
Thank you Maxine!
The children in the eco-committee know how important it is to feed the birds that come into our school grounds as the colder weather sets in and the food is harder to find. They were enthusiastic about the task of making "bird cakes" and mixed the breadcrumbs, seeds and nuts with lard. We set the bird cakes in the fridge and thought about where they should be placed around our school!
Eco Assembly - November 2019
Our Eco Warriors, with help from all the other Eco Club members, led an assembly reminding all pupils and staff about the importance of not littering and putting our waste in the correct place. Through a fantastic play and presentation, they were able to share the importance of re-using, recycling and composting our waste in school. Well done to everyone involved; you did a brilliant job of getting the message across!
A huge well done to all of the KS2 children who took part in Ben Fogle's Hero to Zero Emission Miles Challenge during their half term holiday!
The children learnt all about how they could reduce their carbon footprint by travelling on foot or bike, by using public transport or an electric vehicle. Following this, nearly 40 children in years 3, 4 and 5 took up the challenge of recording the number of miles they travelled in a week using these modes of transport.
In total, 2640 miles were travelled - the distance from our school to the North Pole!
The entries have now been sent off so that we can enter the national competition to see if any of our children have travelled the greatest distances using eco-friendly modes of transport.
Planting a wild flower meadow - October 2019
Several members of Eco club helped to plant Glebe Field with wild flower seeds. As the field, (located behind the church,) is no longer home to sheep, Mr Shiels asked us to help make this a pleasant place full of flowers. We assisted him in mixing the seed with sand, which ensures the seeds don't blow away in the wind or get eaten. We then walked slowly across the whole field, scattering the seed. We can't wait to see the results in the spring time!