Recycle - upcycle your pallet
Who doesn't have an old pallet hiding somewhere. Now is the time to create something magical from something you might want to dispose of.
Garlinge's Big Schools' Bird Watch - 2024
On Wednesday 7th February, Garlinge Primary School and Nursery undertook the Big Schools' Bird Watch for the RSPB. We went to our dedicated nature area where we have a wildflower garden and feeders and kept watch. Our resident sparrows did not disappoint and we found it very difficult to keep track of how many there were. We got to about 60! We talked about the different types of gull that we have in the UK and were so excited to spot a great tit, a new visitor to our school. We would like to thank our site team for keeping the feeders full and the nature areas well looked after for our wildlife.
Heritage Planting- a selfless act for schools
Hi everyone, we're Silverwood Special school and we're really committed to ensuring that we have really diverse greenspaces. We've committed to planting lots of heritage trees around our school site including Dog rose, Elder, Dog wood, Downy Birch, Cherry, Silver Birch and Hazel. The saplings are small and everyone made a really tremendous effort to plant two hundred of them in a single morning. Students really enjoyed the experience and our green infrastructure has been improved immeasurably but the hardest lesson was accepting the fact that by the time the trees are big enough, our students who planted them would have finally left the school and be embarking on the early stages of their adulthood. We've therefore been giving very mindful statements that have changed students' thinking on the bigger purpose of planting. That they may not enjoy the shade from their leaves, nor enjoy the fruits or even watch the wildlife amongst the branches...but the next generation of students will. We're therefore committed in underpinning the 'selflessness' of this type of planting and really overlearning the fact that this is legacy and heritage planting for the future. This has been a concept that our students have really understood and accepted. The staff are so incredibly proud of this fact. I was wondering whether any other schools are having these type of conversations with their students? These conversations are really developing a greater sense of self/ purpose and understanding. One student mentioned that "one day I hope a bird will make her nest in this tree Sir"- I was really moved. So proud of the well being and mindfulness that planting lends to humankind.
Garlinge's What's Under Your Feet - October 2023
The Eco Warriors at Garlinge Primary School and Nursery had a fantastic time taking part in their dig for the What's Under Your Feet? campaign and here are our results! : 5 worms, 3 millipedes and 1 spider. We look forward to the next part of the campaign which will take place in March and are curious whether there will be any differences in the amount / types of invertebrates we will uncover...
ECO leader jobs
Today we were given our first ECO jobs! I have been an ECO leader for a few days now, but I wasn't getting any asignments or jobs to do. It all started this morning, i was walking to my class but one of my teachers said "Come to the studio at 1:45". 1 hour after lunch play, she came again and said "Can we have all ECO leaders please". Because I was now an ECO leader, I BURST into excitement!! We then walked walked to the studio and discussed what jobs we had like, sorting out compost bins, campaign planning, litter picking, planting fruits and veggies and lots more!!! We also discussed what we were going to do through out the year like taking trips and making asseblys. After that we came out of the stidio and looked at the compost bins where there were a lot of wasps and took a look at them while our teacher explained what we were going to do with them. After that it was home time and I was so exicted for the next meeting and ready to help the environment. Stay tuned for the next blog!😎
Recycle to Read
Children at Chesterton Primary have started the recycling of 400 batteries this week for a chance to have books to read. These are the fabulous children who will now be put in for this months competittion to win the prizes.
The Salvation Army in Chesterton had a community competition to make scarecrows. We decided to make 3 pot people so they could be planted up afterwards and used in the garden. For the competition we did each pot with recycling in mand and each one had a theme. Plastic bottles, Paper and plastic bags. The eco warriors enjoyed making them and are going to make more smaller ones to sell to our parents for the garden to raise funds for Hoglets and seeds for the garden gang.
Helping our spikey friends.
We have had Hoglets who are a hedgehog charity visiting our school twice so far this year. Once in October and again recently in March. They visit every class in the school and do a lesson/game to inform our pupils about wild life. Not just hedgehogs. We have had owls, ferrets and hedgehogs visiting with them. The pupils love when they come and enjoy and learn so much about the wildlife in our area. They will be visiting again in June. We do a raffle everytime they come and the Eco Warriors raise much needed funds for the charity. We are also a designated area to release hedgehogs and have 2 houses for them. We have had 3 hedgehogs so far released in our grounds.
Continuing the Womble experience
We did a litter pick with our local council and a Womble Orinoco. This will be 1 of 3 we will do through the year and we have requested a litter bin outside the school as our street has none. Like last year our Eco Warriors did a stirling job and the street was cleared.