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Eco at OWPS

Welcome to Autumn 2016! We finished the last academic year with celebrating our many awards we have worked hard for. 

As well as the Green flag award we also achieved the 'Food for Life' award awarded by the Soil association. This was by far the most challenging to achieve as it covered lots of areas of school life in detail. The catering staff worked hard (as ever!) to provide a wealth of information regarding our school meals. We have also added activities to our DT curriculum where children throughout school will be involved in growing food to eat! Our first activity will be harvesting herbs for our home made bread.

'Monty's mealtime marvels' has been a great success and we are noticing children trying different foods and improving behaviour in the dinner hall. This will start again during the Autumn term. The lucky children will be told during assembly times and their names are 'tweeted.'

We were presented with three awards at the Peterborough Eco awards day. Health and happiness, local and sustainable food and sustainable transport. The awards recognised our commitment to our environmental studies, this time particularly feeling happy at lunchtimes. We have lots of happy children in school and used this focus as an opportunity to add to our happiness! The children are involved in playground games with lunchtime staff and can now have quiet times in the reading dens or play with playground equipment.

The other award that we are really proud of is from Sustrans which celebrated our commitment to encouraging sustainable travel. Our Big Pedal fortnight was successful which helped towards the award. We also had bike 'mech' sessions for some of our older children where they learned how to care for their bicycles. Our Foundation Stage staff were trained in 'balance bikes' so could help the children to learn to balance on bikes as a precursor to riding a bike without stabilisers. We noticed an improvement in the children's ability to stop and 'glide' on the bikes over the year.

During our Eco club time some of the children entered a recycling competition where they made robots from recyclable material. You may have seen in the Peterborough Evening Telegraph that the children were given a prize and the school was awarded a very 'healthy' cheque! This will be used to further develop our Eco code in school and help towards our target for this year.

So, this year we have a lot to live up to! We are using our Eco code as a starting point and feel 'water' is an area that we would benefit from working on. We will be looking at ways to save water, reuse water (eg; water butts) as well as developing our pond area. The Eco warriors will also be thinking of ways of encouraging children to drink more water to keep ourselves healthy.

Over the coming weeks we will have an assembly to discuss our plan and to recruit some new Eco warriors!

We value your support. There will be opportunities for parental involvement over the year, in the meantime if you would like further information please contact Ms Porter.