Frog or Toad?
Woodlands' children love learning about animals and biodiversity so imagine our surprise to find a toad in our school garden! How do we know it's a toad and not a frog? Could you find out the different features?
We have asked the Year Two class to give him a name...look out for the decision!
Reading for Eco Pleasure
As you will be aware, at Woodlands we pride ourselves in offering as many reading opportunities as possible. With this in mind, we have now installed a brand new Eco Book Corner for our eager readers which offers Eco related reading material linking to the Eco School topics. Year Two have made their own Eco non-fiction books to help others understand the importance to recycle, repair, reduce and re-use.
Welcome back to our Eco School page!
We all hope that you had a great Summer break! Whilst we were away, the school garden carried on and continued to grow. The mixture of weather seemed to suit our garden as many of the vegetables have grown beautifully. There are photos on here that show the garden at the beginning...what a difference! Some of our vegetables have started to flower, such as the cauliflower. However, we will let nature do what nature does best and leave them to go to seed where we will collect the seeds for next time. In the meantime, the bees can enjoy the pollen. Hopefully, some of those seeds will fall naturally and grow. Our Eco Bees will harvest the lavender and make something creative and the vegetables have been given to the school kitchen to add to the children's meals.
Eco School Green Flag Award
Our Eco Bees celebrating the achievement of gaining our Eco School Green Flag Award. We will be flying the flag with pride!
Our reading pea tepee has been created to offer a lovely place to get shelter and read in a natural environment. They could also pick the odd pod if they get peckish! We will be adding some exciting and interesting books in the wooden house.
To celebrate National Children's Gardening Week in May, we decided to have a Scarecrow Competition. The idea was to create them using recycled materials...they stepped up to the challenge and they didn't disappoint!
New School Eco Garden
As an Eco School, we want to encourage the children in Woodlands to understand and appreciate how vegetables and fruit are grown from seed to harvest. We have created our new garden so that they have a wonderful learning experience with growing food and getting their hands really dirty!
The materials used were all considered with being eco-friendly in mind. We created the beds by recycling roof slates for the borders. The wood chips were dropped off to us from a tree that was cut on the same road. The plastic used to go under the gravel (to be put down at a later date) is old compost bags that were donated. We are using the no dig method by laying old cardboard down and covering with compost as digging the ground releases carbon and damages the microbiome in the soil. We ordered a bulk delivery of compost rather than use compost in bags and we have been donated a water butt from a parent (to be added to the greenhouse when built)...phew!
As parents are not able to visit our school, here is our Eco School display board that the children love to add their work on to.
Earth Day - 22nd April 2021
This week, we had a whole school assembly regarding Earth Day and how we can use our School Values to help our environment. The children were asked that if they had any ideas that they could have their work added here.
Zac and Maddy made this lovely picture of a whale in the deep, blue sea surrounded by plastic and rubbish. Zac said that he drew a whale because they are his favourite sea animal and he wasn't happy about there being litter in the sea. Zac said 'people need to stop putting litter in the sea!' We have to agree with him.
The children had a virtual whole school assembly on how our school values can help them to be problem solvers regarding the world they live in. During the assembly it was suggested that they have a go at 'How Much Do You Know About Planet Earth' from BBC Newsround. How well do you know your planet? Find the link below.
Here are some pre-made seed pots made from using toilet and/or kitchen roll holders. They are great for planting outside on in larger pots without disturbing the roots. They are so easy to make and are a great activity for the children to make.
Take a look at the video to find out how to make them!
As you will remember, we had a Just One Tree day to raise money to plant trees around the world to help with climate change. We now have the certificate! Lots of small actions make a big difference!
As you can see in the photo, Miss Harris (Eco Lead) has made a start by adding the lettuce and celery bases to water. Next step will be to add them to compost. Miss Harris is also trying to grow roots on purple broccoli too!
It's getting closer to Spring which is all about regrowth and new beginnings. On our recent newsletter we mentioned growing vegetables using ones that we have bought from the supermarket to eat. We can cut and come again with some vegetables and to illustrate this, below is a video to show which work best. This is an excellent learning opportunity for children to find out about our food, how it grown, waste etc.
Just One Tree Day
Woodlands are very proud to be taking part in a tree planting scheme called Just One Tree. This non profit organisation plants trees in selected areas around the world. Woodlands are helping by having a dress in Autumnal colours to raise money. Please take a look at the link for more information.
Plastic Bottle Greenhouse
We are currently collecting plastic bottles so that we can make a greenhouse by recycling plastic bottles.
Crisp packet Collection
In collaboration with our School Council, Woodlands are proud to be part of the campaign to collect crisp packets to produce blankets and bags for the homeless. This is a fantastic and innovative way to use non recyclable waste and avoid using landfill. They have created bright and visible posters for everyone to see where the collection point is held.
Well done School Council for choosing an eco-friendly project!
This is an illustration created, at home, by one of our Eco Council members to show the Ten Topics for Eco School:
Global Citizenship, Water, Waste, Litter, School Grounds, Healthy Living, Energy, Biodiversity, Marine, Transport
Lia stated 'My mummy and Daddy were helping me select the photos to draw. My daddy drew the umbrella as it was a bit tricky'. I think we can all agree that they worked very well together to make a fabulous poster!
This suggestion box was made at home by one of our Eco Council members. The box is situated under the hall Eco display board and is there for both the school children and their families to use to forward eco ideas to the team.
Neeva stated, 'I used paper from the recycling bin, I really enjoyed making it'
We think she did an excellent job!
Plastic Free July
It's Plastic Free July and there is a website that can help you with the challenge of reducing your plastic usage. Take a look and see if you can give it a go!
World Rainforest Day
Today it's World Rainforest Day. We all understand the importance the rainforests are for the planet's health. Find out more by taking a look at the following link:
A message from our Eco council
An Eco Council member, from Reception, has an important message to share with you.
With Spring turning into Summer have any of you been growing plants in your garden? If so, have you chosen to grow flowers or vegetables/fruit? . Whether you are an old hand or it's a new experience, there's a fabulous gardener who grows fruit and veg using a no dig method. Whenever we dig the ground we disturb the carbon, nutrients, microbes and creatures that reside in the soil. If you would like to know more, please take a look at the above link:
Here is a lovely piece of work from James.
More amazing work made for World Oceans day!
World Ocean's Day
Wraparound have created some amazing Rainbow fish to show their understanding of the oceans and our environment...well done!
World Oceans' Day
As you will probably all know it's WOD today so to help with your home learning, we have added some WOD links for you to look at and learn more.
If you do any activities, please send photo as we'd love to add them to our Eco School page!
Father's day is just around the corner so why not think about buying or making eco friendly gifts! Here is an example of some gifts:
Homemade cards would help to save waste so be creative and have a go at making a personalised card.
At Woodlands, we take Eco issues very seriously and we are very lucky to have Eco Councillors within our school, who meet regularly to discuss relevant and important ecological issues. We are always thinking of ways that we can help minimize the impact on our environment on a local and global scale.
We participate in the Eco Schools programme which provides ideal means for fostering environmental awareness in the entire school in a way that links to many curriculum subjects. The primary aim of the Eco-Schools programme is to educate and empower young people to make positive decisions and become change makers for an environmentally sustainable world.
We enjoy working on the ten Eco Schools topics; Marine, Water, Biodiversity, Energy, Global Citizenship, Waste, Healthy Living, Transport, School Grounds and Litter.
Attached below,is a list of activities based on our ten Eco topics, that you can do at home with your grown ups.
Mr Carmichael’s sundial
Below, is a link to some ECO challenges that you can try with your family!
LOCAL ECO ACTIVITIES FOR FAMILIES
Friends of Shirley Park Litter Pickers!
Want to help keep your local park clean and litter-free?
This monthly session takes place on the first Saturday of each month and the meeting point is by the War Memorial, Asda side of the park, at 2.30pm. All equipment is provided free of charge.