Eco- Action At Its Best! - We have been awarded our 8th Eco Flag!
FANTASTIC! WELL DONE EVERYONE
The Action Squad meet each Monday to discuss and plan Eco activities on how as a school we can be involved in the local and global community. The Gardening Team meet each Tuesday after school.
"For Xmas I got a camera trap. My dad and I put it in the woods. We wanted to see what was living in this underground den. I thought it was either a fox or a muntjac deer. Guess what! IT WAS A MUNTJAC FEMALE DEER. She was so, so pretty. We think she had found the camera and was sniffing at it. Muntjac deer are also called barking deer because they bark like a dog. They are the oldest deer ever recorded and the males are called bucks. They have horns on their heads and tusks. On their forehead they have a black streak. They are 50cm tall or 20 inches. Males live up to 16 years and the females live longer, 19 years. They weigh between 9 -16 Kg. "
Activity One - Your Gallery
ACTIVITIES YOU CAN TRY AT HOME
Today I went for a walk around my garden and selected the above assortment of flowers that I'm going to press for another day to create my spring garden picture. You might like a go at this so why not follow my step by step instructions.
- Sheets of absorbent paper - newspaper is perfect on to a hard movable surface.
- Lay the items not touching onto 2 pieces of paper thickness. Small flowers are better lay out as individuals also large flower heads cut in half this will give a better shape during the press.
- Cover with another 2 pieces of paper
- Place heavy objects on the top and leave for at least 3 - 4 weeks
From the above collection I have separated each item and placed them on, a many times used absorbent paper, sandwiched between card and newspaper then finally weighted down by a turn screw. This activity will work just as well if your using books as a weight. That's how I started 30 years ago.
My Flower Press
Look below at how the plant material is positioned. This will help stop mould building up and spoiling your plants as they dry out.
Five pressed pages from one sheet of flowers
My 3 year old lavender flowers and single daisy.
Part Two to follow - end of April
Visit the Forest School At Home Page - to discover more fun Ideas you can try at home
A MESSAGE FROM ME TO YOU
Thank you for being such fantastic caretakers in this part of the world
When you SHUT THAT DOOR! - The world says thank you.
For every bit of LITTER you have placed in A BIN - The world says thank you.
Each time you replant HEDGES and TREES not forgetting the FLOWERS for the bees - The world says thank you.
When a TAP needs silencing and LIGHTS require a flick of a SWITCH - The world says thank you
For RECYCLING crisp packets, those pens, the plastic and food waste - The world says thank you.
Because you say NO! To PLASTIC straws and less cling film - The world says thank you
When you and your parents put their hands in their pockets for CHARITABLE causes and recognise the good it will do - The world says thank you
Having and using your VOICE wisely (Action Squad)
THE WORLD SAYS THANK YOU
I say THANK YOU - From a very proud Eco - Coordinator
The gardening team have started to renovate this unused area so that in the following weeks a mindfulness garden can be created that incorporates a colourful flower bed at the front, a bench which has been offered to us upon completion for the children to enjoy outside lunchtime eating and behind this will be a wildflower bed with a new log pile habitat that is generated from some of the wood which will be removed in this area.
OUR, ECO - ACTION AT ITS BEST! - DISPLAY BOARD
Sorting and discussing WASTE!
If reception children can do it then it can't be to hard to achieve at home.
Eco New Year Resolution
What will you promise for 2020 when thinking about how to help the environment?
As individuals in school and after an Action Squad assembly to explain how this would work the children went back to class to decide personally which area they could focus on in school and at home. Above, the children mark the sheet that they want to apply to them. The school newsletter explained this new initiative to our families and feedback from homes has been positive with the children carrying on their promise at home.
The whole school have promised to SHUT THAT DOOR! during play times.
Also included in the list;
- Switching standby lights off on electrical equipment
- Turning lights off when leaving a room
- saying NO to plastic straws
- Not to use plastic bags
- Walk to school where possible
- Reduce cling film use on sandwiches
ECO DAY - DECEMBER
On offer to try today :
Constructing paper bags - RECYCLING newspapers
Christmas Angels - RECYCLING wooden stirring spoons, material and card
Christmas Tree decorations - RECYCLING a toilet roll and paint
Parcel Bows -RECYCLING glossy magazines
THANK YOU WOODLAND TRUST
Our gardeners spent two sessions planting 60 shrubs along the perimeter of the school field after a recent removal of established conifer trees on the neighbours garden.
Clifton - Upon - Teme and Bristol
An environmental Project which has focused the energies of the school to reduce plastic use.
PLASTIC, PLASTIC IN THE SEA.
These pictures were created using natural and man made products
A beautiful 'Speckled Wood' butterfly enjoying the last of the autumn sunshine.
Our school grounds in early Autumn.
SEND A COW!
This project started in Autumn 2018 and concluded in Autumn 2019 raising the required sum of £650 to buy a cow in calf for a family in Africa.
SPRING AND SUMMER 2019
After a busy term the gardening team enjoyed a well deserved rest and pond dipped. Many pond species were discovered in and on the pond , including some of our Newt population.
The belly of a Great Crested Newt - A personal fingerprint
Rags to Riches - collection day made £65.00
Hip, Hip Hooray! Our eager gardeners set about the first jobs of this season. Pond clearing and gentle sorting of the wild flower bed which was so successful last year that we are hoping we can achieve the something similar again.
MEET THE GARDENING TEAM
AUTUMN/WINTER TERM - 2018
It's Christmas and as usual we are preparing our tree for the local church.
This year the gardeners made tree cookies from salt dough.
This Term we say goodbye to the old and welcome in the new.
What could I be talking about?
Our new battery recycling point which will be collected when we require it. To start the school off, all the children were given a collection box to take home and when full to return to school for recycling in our new collection point.
Don't forget you can still take them to your local recycling point for your area also in major food stores where recycling points can be found in the stores.
We have lavender in abundance well into Oct/ Nov if we receive no frost. This is a special time for the children as they enjoy the aroma of the flower, whilst making small bunches for family and friends.
Tidying up the front flower bed is another job that needs to be done in readiness for the Autumn flowers that will bloom in the Spring.
SOMETHING AMAZING HAS HAPPENED! SUMMER 2018
The weather this summer has been extreme and yet this is what has grown without extra water being provided to encourage growth.
We have returned to such a great display of wildflowers. The butterflies and bees have enjoyed this massive variety of plants which were scattered from various wildflower seed packets during May.
Children have been seed collecting since we have returned for the new term. Hopefully we can repeat something similar next year.
NEW SCHOOL EQUIPMENT IN USE
Our new school equipment is a great success with the children.
Many thanks go to the parents whose efforts demolished and prepared the ground for this new construction. Thank you also to the Fund raising events organised in school by the PTA because without it and the support of the parents at these events then the above would never have happened.
This Months Rag to Riches collection is on the 27th Sept -Start sorting those wardrobes.
Bags can be brought into school from the 24th Sept.
Gardening club have been as busy as ever with transplanting seedlings.
SPRING TERM - 2018
Energy usage and being aware of energy that can be saved was a topic covered by the children. After evaluating the graphs for our school, further investigation on cost on (KWh) made for interesting conversation. Comparisons were made on daily used electrical items in the home. As part of a homework activity the Eagles class were asked to plot the KWh usage in their homes for two weeks. A graph has since been compiled and is present on the Eco display Board.
Litter picking happens when there is a need. This was such an occasion after a blustery few days.
We raised over £50.00 for the school This bag of used batteries weighed in at 10 Kg!
Don't believe me - Get in close and read the scales
FIND ME IN RAG TO RICHES - COLLECTION FEB
THE RECEPTION AREA
Christmas is not far away and here are the children making beautiful decorations from natural and manufactured items for the Church Christmas tree. Throughout the village many children's groups/clubs will provide a tree to brighten up the yearly Carol Service.
THOSE LOOK GREAT!
These children have been making a 2 in 1 Christmas Gift. How does that work I hear you ask?
STAGE 1 - Make a decoration band for the can
Measure the circumference of the tin then provide either plain or printed themes that when coloured and cut out will fit the tin perfectly. ( Use a glue gun to secure. Adults are best at this task)
STAGE 2 - Add a spring bulb for a spring suprise
One empty, cleaned soup can with two holes for drainage. This is then partly filled with compost which you add a spring bulb to and then cover to the brim with more compost.
STAGE 3 - A delightful Xmas table decoration. Perfect for the lunchtime festivities.
Collect greenery which needs to be cut into smaller sections. This is then pushed into the compost and decorated with a made up paste representing snow. Add a few sprinkles of glitter then push into the middle of the compost, either an upright candle or candlelit.
All Done - BEAUTIFUL!
AUTUMN TERM - 2017
This is the habitat hedge that not only protects the garden boundary from stray footballs but also will be topped with unwanted branches, grass cuttings and woody material throughout the year that's not suitable for the compost bin. A perfect habitat for winter hibernation, no matter the size of the animal/insect looking for a safe place to stay also it naturally biodegrades providing nutrients that spread into the gardening area.
OUR PROUDEST MOMENTS !
Malvern Spring Garden Show
WE WERE AWARDED A DISTINCTION!
From deciding to participate in May 2014 as a school and child led we went with the theme 'The Malvern Hills'. Above is the end result of many hours in school preparing for this event.
We have 3 species of Newt! It's official: we have Smooth Newts, Greater Crested Newts and Palmate Newts!