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 proud to achieve in July just before we finished for the summer.
We are in the process of nominating a new Eco Committee who will decide which topic areas we will focus on this next year. One will certainly be litter! The committee will put an Action plan together which will appear on here as soon as this is done.
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.