2020-21 Eco Team
This month, the Eco-Club have been busy putting up signs around the school to help stop littering and a new general waste bin on the playing field. Children have enjoyed collecting any litter around the school grounds during break and lunchtimes - well done Eco-Team!
The vegetables and plants are growing well in the raised beds and we have enjoyed tasting what we have grown.
The whole school also had a Zoom session by Severn Trent, where this time, we all learnt about how our water gets to our taps. Thank you Severn Trent!
The Eco-Team went on a litter pick around the village and the park. They collected a range of plastic and tin can waste, but it was good to see that it was not as much as last time.
Some of the Eco-Team have also taken home the rhubarb we have grown in school and baked their own cakes and crumble - Yummy!
This month, the Eco after-school club have been busy gardening. They have planted black currant bushes, tomatoes, courgettes, pumpkins, peas, broad beans, flowers and wildflower seeds. They have also painted the wooden planters Mr Strefford made and placed them around the school. Well done team!
During the Eco Committee meeting, the team reviewed all of the actions that have taken place this term and have decided they wish to install recycling bins on the playground and field to reduce litter and waste. They also would like to create signs to raise awareness of Eco issues around the school grounds and paint pictures of animals and insects, on the slabs around the pond.
As part of our commitment to 'School Grounds Improvements', we have been busy painting and clearing the playground. All the benches and the stage have been painted. A huge thank you to Mr Strefford, a Year 1/2’s dad, for all his hard work clearing this area for us and his kind donation of outdoor paint. Thank you from all of us!
We have our first Eco-Hero!
An Eco-Hero award has been given to Jacob, Year 3. After our school litter pick last term, he has been asking his Mum
to allow him to go on a litter pick near his house, or when he is on the way to collect his sister at Pinvin. He has shown true
independence and determination and we think he truly
deserves to be our first Eco-Hero. Well done Jacob!
Kate Blanchfield, from Little Litter Warriors visited the school to talk to the whole school about the impact litter has on the environment and what we can all do about it. KS1 children carried out a litter pick around the school grounds and KS2 carried out a litter pick in the community and the local park.
The Eco-Committee carried out a presentation to the whole school during Worship to remind children about the importance of picking up litter. They also created a litter display of some of the oldest pieces of litter found during the litter pick. The oldest item found was a crisp packet nearly 10 years old!
The whole school had a very interactive virtual lesson on 'Super Sewage' by Severn Trent. The children learnt all about what should and shouldn't be put down the toilet and what happens to it all and how Severn Trent clean the water up. Everyone also enjoyed the very catchy song!
For 'Fairtrade Fortnight' during lockdown, the children went on a hunt around their homes for Fairtrade items. They also designed posters and it looks like they created some very tasty Fairtrade treats!
We have been busy planting a new hedgerow near our school pond and spreading wildflower seeds on our pollinator patch. We all ready for spring to come and things to start to grow.
We might be in another lockdown, but we have had a busy start to the term;
1) The children have completed an Eco Audit of the school and identified what we do well and what we could do to improve the environment.
2) Children at home, have completed an Eco Home Audit. They identified, what they do to save water, energy, and waste. They also looked at other issues in their home such as Fairtrade, biodiversity and transport. Well done everyone at home!
3) Children in school took part in the RSPB Big School Birdwatch 2021. They made bird feeders carried out a survey of type and number of birds that visit the school grounds. Children at home also took part in their own survey and created their own bird feeders with their family.
2019 - 20 Eco Team
Meet this years Eco Team:
Pippa, Ronnie, Alfie, Hollie, Rosie, Joseph
Our Chair people are Ronnie and Pippa
Our secretary is Hollie.
We will keep you updated on this page about things that we have been doing in and out of school.
During Art's Week, we made African masks and we made sure that we made them using recycled materials.
We have now made our monthly book swaps in to weekly ones. The book boxes are available all day in Year 3/4 and are often outside in the playground if the weather is suitable
We had our first battery pick up for the used batteries we are collecting at school. Our container was over half full so well done everyone. Remember we collect AA,AAA, C and D batteries only. We are also still collecting crisp packets which can be sent off for recycling.
We now have an Eco craft club where we are reusing bits and bobs to make new things. So far we have reused toilet rolls to make a butterfly. These butterflies will be flying around school to show where our recycling points are. We have also used scrap bits of material to make collages and glass jars to create lanterns.
For Harvest, we completed a 'Bake for Nature'. During this, we all made bread hedgehogs.
We have won an award for all of our work on plastic pollution! The children worked so hard and had some amazing ideas, We are sure to continue our hard work this coming year and think of where we can go next.
We have introduced bokashi bins at school which means we can now compost cooked waste too! We also unexpectedly measured the amount of rubbish that we thrown away at lunchtimes and we were impressed by how much we have improved!
The school took part in the churches flower festival. The theme was recycling so all the children use recycled materials to create a flower. Don't they look impressive.
Children in school are now beginning to display and share their plastic promises in the Sunshine Room. Also the Facebook page has become live and we are having an excellent response. It is fantastic for the children to see that we may be a small school but we can make a big impact. Thank you for all of you who have liked and shared a promise. The FB page will continue sharing work completed in school and plastic solutions and facts that the children and Eco team want to share. If you want to be a part, please use this link: https://www.facebook.com/Plastic-Planet-Promise-286839045538102
Here are some of the plastic projects that the Year 3/ 4 children created as part of their plastic pollution topic #plasticpollutionpromise. To keep this going please send in your plastic promises so that we do not end up with a plastic planet! Also please check out our Eco newsletter for our current competition.
For the Easter competition this year, we had a recycling theme.
We often on go on school hikes to look at the seasonal changes in our local area. This time the Year 3/4's also completed a litter pick so that we could make the countryside even more beautiful.
As part of their topic, Year 3 and 4 have been looking at plastic pollution. They have all designed and written leaflets that have been sent home to parents to see if we can improve the amount of plastic we throw away. To tell the school about plastic pollution we also choose what we wanted to do. Some of us did a dance, some did drama and some created PowerPoints.
To improve our school grounds we have now got an outside classroom and we have raised our beds to make it easier to plant in them. When getting ready for planting, we use compost from our compost bins to fill the soil with nutrients.
On our campaign to recycle even more, please bring in any bottle tops that you have. We are going to create a masterpiece with them!
During Forest school we took part in the Pod's 'What's under your feet?' It was an experiment to tell them what’s living in the soil beneath our playing fields. Our findings will help scientists at the BTO understand the relationship between climate, the availability of invertebrates and how this impacts UK bird numbers and their migration patterns!
We now are a drop off point for recycling crisp packets too so please drop off clean packets once you have finished with them.
Come and recycle your batteries at Upton Snodsbury. We can accept AAA, AA, C and D batteries
Following the success of books swaps during book week, we now hold them every first Friday of the month. Now though, it is not just children that can swap their books but adults too! Happy reading
Here is our Eco Action Plan which we will be using to help improve our school even more!
After listening to our Eco assembly about how plastic is polluting the environment, Izzy went home and thought of a better use for all of her plastic bags....She has made them in to stress balls. Well done Izzy!
During book week, we had a book swap so that our books could be re used by other people. It was a successful event so we hope to do another one soon.
We created a PowerPoint to show what we do as a Eco friendly team. We then shared it with the rest of the school to show how Eco friendly we are.
Over the last few weeks, we have been completing our Environmental Review. For this we answered questions which lead us to our brand new main focus for the year. The focus this year is......Worrisome Waste! Now we have our focus we will be writing our action plan.
Each class has had water challenges to complete this year and collected it in a Wonderful Water book. Challenges included: helping wildlife with a water supply, building a structure to go over water and finding ways of encouraging people to save water.
The Eco Team
We found out that we were using too many paper towels and creating a lot of unnecessary waste. Lots of us were getting paper towels and not actually using them to dry our hands or using 20 when we just needed one! To solve this problem we have replaced the paper towels with hand driers in the toilets.
As well as improving the toilets with hand driers, we have bought push taps. This is so they are easier to use and can’t be left on. This will save lots of water!
The Eco Team
Ways to Save Water
Some of the great ideas are:
- Using a water butt instead of a hose pipe to water the flowers.
- Turning the tap off while brushing your teeth
- Having a shower instead of a bath. However this is only if your shower is less than 8 minutes. You can a free timer off Severn Trent if you want one.
The Eco Team
Year 3 and 4 learnt about the water cycle and filtering. Did you know we are using the same water as the dinosaurs did?!
In addition, we looked at the damage putting fat down the drain can do. If you ever cook with fat don’t put it down the drain. Instead leave it in a pot to go solid. This can then be binned or used to make bird fat balls. If you want a fat pot, you can get these off Severn Trent.
Laura and Thomas
The Eco Team
The Eco Team
Last week we learnt about recycling rubbish, Mr Chapman came in and told us how rubbish is recycled and where it goes. In Arts morning we made birdfeeders, planters, pencil pots, musical instruments and wind chimes from things we throw away. Year 3 / 4 had a talk from Mrs Stevens on how to make good compost. After the talk they got a spoon to look for creepy crawlies that help to rot our waste into compost.
Linden, Thomas and Esme
The Eco Team
The ECO team are voted in from children in every class. This group ensures our ECO code is followed throughout the school and we continue to look after the environment. The group regularly contribute in Worship times outlining the importance of recycling and re using in school. They encourage waste free lunches and guide younger children during "Turn OFF" the power weeks. The ECO code they created reminds us all to look after our homes, our school and our world.
Caring is good
Act fast to save the world
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
This year we are focusing on Water. As part of this, we invited Severn Trent to come in and discuss how we can save water and what should and shouldn't go down the toilet.
As part of Eco, we have a team of 'Rotters'. The Rotters collect fruit waste, shredded paper and used toilet tubes from around the school and then put them in the compost bin. Once the compost is ready, we put it in our school garden.
Other jobs we do around the school are:
Make sure paper is recycled
Fill up bird feeders to keep attracting wildlife to our school
Ensuring lights and boards are turned off when they are not being used
Making decisions based on areas like would a hand drier be more Eco friendly than paper towels
And lots more.