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Eco Update July 2022

By Ms Porter, Eco Lead

Eat Healthily

We have continued to promote healthy living in a variety of ways, both during class learning and meal times.  This part of our Eco code has links to PHSE, DT & Science topics.  Year 5 designed and made a salad as part of their family learning BBQ.  Mrs. Anderson ran an after-school cooking club.  The children enjoyed making and tasting a variety of different foods and also learning about food preparation and hygiene.  We also took part in the 'Eat them to Defeat them' campaign.  A different vegetable was featured each week and presented in a variety of ways to encourage children to try new foods. Foundation Stage are always busy in the garden and planted seeds to watch lettuce, herbs and rhubarb grow!

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

The Eco warriors check classroom bins regularly as part of their responsibility.  Lots of children bring a healthy snack in a recyclable pot now rather than plastic packaging.  You will be aware from contact with FOWS that we also promote reusing school uniforms.  In the Foundation Stage we also welcome spare clothes, especially outgrown splash suits, wellies and socks!

Ignore the car use green power

Thank you for supporting the Big Walk and Wheel competition.  We continue to be impressed with the number of bikes and scooters we see in the playground.  Hopefully, next year will be even better with the addition of covered bike racks.  We often see a dip in results in KS2 as the children bring themselves to school.  It is great that they walk but even better if they can bring their bike, this is a great form of exercise - developing muscles and minds as they negotiate their way on a bike!

As a staff team, we all try to lead by example.  You may have seen Mr. Cowles showcasing his football skills at the Summer Fayre, Miss Tansley completing her recent ‘channel swim’, and Mr. Eardley’s fitness challenges.  I completed the ‘Way of the Roses’ coast-to-coast cycle route last weekend.  It was tough cycling the Yorkshire hills after cycling in Peterborough, however, the views were amazing!

Care for our school grounds and community

We care for our school grounds in a variety of ways.  Eco-warriors carry out weekly litter picks around school and children are encouraged to keep classrooms and outside areas tidy.  We received gardening equipment for collecting Morrisons points and some year 6 children planted herbs in the Platform One area.  The Golden Mile is used daily and children enjoy spending time in Bookworm wood listening to stories or investigating the woodland.  The Outdoor learning party worked with PECT to develop the wooded area including planting trees as part of ‘Forest For Peterborough’.  We have received an award as part of our work to develop creating sustainable places.

Save water and electricity

Eco-warriors continue to check any leaking taps and make sure lights are turned off.  Staff are also reminded to reduce the amount of energy used in school, especially due to rising costs.  In light of this, we are anticipating this being one of our Eco targets for next year.

Next year, we are looking forward to working with the PHSE working party to develop a Well-being garden area as well as continuing to promote our ERICS Eco code.

Thank you for continuing to support your child to be environmentally friendly.