April 2022 - Food Bank Update
Mrs Doe is so very proud to report that the Britannia community managed to donate enough food and toiletries to fill 4 large trolleys! We have received a thank you letter which explains that some days up to 34 families are in need of a food bank donation which will keep them going for 3 days, until they hopefully have more permanent support. Maureen at the food bank explained that the need is so great in our area at the moment, that FIND's shelves are at an all time low and they are currently receiving 20 new referrals every day.
So they are extremely grateful for our donations.
Should you wish to help further, please see FIND's website: https://www.findipswich.org.uk/
Raising money for WWF and Red Cross/Ukraine
Don't forget that this Friday, 1st April, you can purchase new and second-hand items from some of the Year 5 pupils who are raising money equally for the WWF and the Red Cross.
Food Bank Donations - 5&6th April.
In Global Learning the children have been learning about Sustainable Development Goals 1&2, No Hunger and Poverty. Mrs Doe has been in contact with a local charity and foodbank called Find who help those in our local area who do not have enough money to buy essential items. The children have designed posters asking parents and staff to donate. Check out our posters, you can donate food, animal food and toiletries on the last two mornings of term, by bringing them to the Bell Door on the Bell Door Playground. These will then be dropped off to Find over the next couple of days to help people in our local area.
This term our Year 5s have been helping to weed the raised beds that the afterschool Eco Club planted up in the autumn. They have been giving up half an hour of their time on their Monday lunchbreaks along with Mrs Doe and Mrs Hogan. The beds are now looking pretty good and we are hoping that the nice weather we have had will encourage the plants to grow.
We have other plans too.... We will be planting some more plants in the raised beds including ground cover and taller plants at the back. In the summer term, each class will be given a class plant (probably a spider plant) to look after.
We now have a greenhouse which some of Mrs Doe's class helped to put together and will help us as we develop our gardens and the variety of things that we grow.
Years 6, 5 and 4 have all had their chance to take part in the Friday litter picks. Year 3 are currently taking their turn until Easter. It is very popular, with a good turn out each Friday from 1.30.
Spring Term 2022
Autumn Term 2021.
Eco Schools is a Global Programme with 19.5 million children across 70 countries involved! Here in England it is run by the team at Keep Britain Tidy.
Last year our school did many things to work towards the coveted Eco Schools Green Flag, which we were very proud to achieve in July just before we finished for the summer!
Britannia Eco Committee
The new Britannia Eco Committee has been voted in. One pupil from each class has been chosen by their classmates and have already met to share ideas on what they would like the school to do over the next two years while we work at keeping the Eco School Green Flag that we worked so hard last year to achieve.
The Eco Committee have been waiting for the Eco School Portal to open to complete a school environmental review so they can decide which of the 10 eco topics to focus on for this next two years. They will be meeting again soon to undertake the environmental review and put a final action plan together.
Afterschool Eco Club
Mrs Doe was very busy in the first 3 weeks back after the summer, contacting local nurseries asking if they could help provide plants for our empty raised boarders. Mr Howlett, the caretaker, had some sad news - Box Moth had devastated the Box Plants at the front of school and all 13 were lost. We were very lucky that Victoria Nurseries in Ipswich and Laurel Farm Garden Centre, Henley, Ipswich kindly donated the school a selection of evergreen plants. Mrs Doe and her husband prepared the raised beds after school one evening.
The after-school Eco Club has been very busy planting the donated plants in the raised beds in the middle playground and at the front of school. They have also taken baby spider plants from the parent plants already in school to pot on and have re-potted some new plants Mrs Doe has bought with the Eco budget. Our school is becoming a very green place.
2020 - 2021
Please read on to see what we got up to last year....
Eco-Schools is a global programme, which empowers children to drive change and improve environmental awareness through a simple seven-step framework. It is through participation in this framework that schools can achieve the international Eco-Schools Green Flag Award. At Britannia, we are very excited to be applying for a Green Flag once again.
To achieve an Eco Schools Green Flag we will be forming an Eco Committee who will complete an Environmental Review. The Review will assess how the school is performing in ten topic areas and the outcome will be an Action Plan of how it can improve in three of the ten areas.
The Eco Committee have the responsibility of informing and involving the rest of the school on their progress with the above but also providing evidence that pupils have the opportunity to learn about environmental issues in at least three areas of the curriculum (this may be in the form of an Eco Day – watch this space for more information!). The Eco School display board and the school website will be used to keep pupils and parents up to date.
Eco Committee Update
Our Eco Committee conducted an Environmental Review and found that as a school we are good at addressing issues of biodiversity, energy, healthy living, global citizenship, looking after our school grounds and litter.
We could work harder at addressing issues of or teaching about water, waste, transport and marine.
The Eco Committee have decided to concentrate firstly on the area of litter, global citizenship and energy. Once we get more initiatives up and running in these areas we can start to address those that we know very little about.
The Eco Committee are busy gathering evidence of things we have done across the school to prove how good we are at addressing litter, global citizenship and energy issues, but there will be some activities coming your way soon to help you learn about or take part so that we are doing as much as we can for our planet and its inhabitants!
World Interfaith Harmony Week
February 1 - 7 was World Interfaith Harmony Week and the Britannia Eco Committee decided that it would be great to take part!
World Interfaith Harmony Week is in its 11th year! It is the one week in each year that all people from all faiths and goodwill backgrounds can come together to share the common goals and ideas of 'love thy neighbour' and 'love God (or Good)'.
In our RSHE lessons recently, which were about the importance of mental health and wellbeing, we learned how connecting with others, giving, being active, keep learning and to take notice of things around us, can really help boost how we feel.
So, using the World Interfaith Harmony Blue Butterfly logo, the Eco Committee thought it would be a great idea to create a Blue Butterfly Trail in our area by getting the pupils at Britannia to make their own blue butterflies and display them in their front windows at home. This idea would encourage others to get out and about looking for blue butterflies (taking notice and being active), children could discuss the meaning and background of World Interfaith Harmony Week and encourage their grandparents or family friends to join or walk the trail (connecting and keep learning), and hopefully help everyone feel a part of something much bigger than themselves, in a time when we have been apart from loved ones and stuck at home (giving).
Here are some of the many butterflies our school community made from EYFS all the way through to Year 6.
Big Britannia Power Pause
One of the areas we are focusing on as part of our Green Flag application is ENERGY and the Eco Committee were keen to spend a whole day without using any electric devices in class!
It just happened that the Sustainability Goal that the whole school were learning about in our Global Learning lesson last half term was CLIMATE CHANGE, which linked in nicely with the Eco School Energy focus, so the Eco Committee decided to link this half-term's Global Learning lesson with the Eco School's Energy focus. As part of the Global Learning lesson, children designed posters about any aspect of Climate Change they had learned about. Each teacher then chose the 5 best posters and entered them into a competition. The winners were announced in the week before Easter, to coincide with The Big Britannia Power Pause. Winners won an Easter Egg and had their posters displayed around the school. Other posters are also now on display on our Global Learning Board in the Year 3 corridor. See the Global Learning section of our website for photos of the winning posters and our Global Learning display in school.