The children thoroughly enjoyed their sponsored walks - KS2 made it all the way up to the Crown!! Thanks so much to the pupils (and families for sponsoring them), we raised a huge amount for the Solar panels (actual amount to follow!).
All the children thoroughly enjoyed Eco Week which started with an engaging assembly from our Eco Reps focussed around Jack Johnson's 3 R's song - Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.
All year groups enjoyed learning about the 3 R's and our particular focus on 'reducing' our impact on the environment. Have a look at some of our photos below.
We were lucky enough to have Mike Webster and Trudi Field from Wasteaid come and talk to each year group about the impact of plastic on the planet and what we can do to help reduce this.
All year groups spent time learning about our local wildlife and our pond ecosystem and each year group looked at different ways to engage our pupils across the curriculum.
Year one wrote some fantastic acrostic poems to bring their learning to life. Year 2 built some amazing bug hotels and researched the 3 R's. Year 3 wrote persuasive letters asking their parents and carers to help save our planet. Year 4 created some fabulous artwork based on the need to conserve water.
Year 5 created the rainforest and focussed on deforestation and Year 6 spent the week our and about, learning about their local wildlife, plant species and ecosystem. They even spotted the rare Lady Orchid in the Devil's Kneading Trough.
All year groups continued to make Eco Bricks which has reduced our plastic waste as a school.
You can keep making these at home or send your plastic into school so each class can start making these in Eco/Art Week.
Please send your Eco bricks into school when finished or for us to build in class.
Mrs Jones and the Eco Reps
CRISP PACKET RECYCLING
Up until now it has not been possible to recycle crisp packets. Apparently the UK alone eat around 6 billion packets each year, which means a lot of rubbish! Our Eco Team have signed up to an initiative between Walkers crisps and Terracycle www.terracycle.co.uk/en-GB/brigades where crisp packet can now be recycled. Your crisp packets could end up as plant pots, park benches, watering cans and even bags! From next term we will have a recycling box in school, please don’t throw any crisp packets away, (they don’t have to be Walkers crisps) - bring them to school and recycle them. For every crisp packet we collect we will earn points which we can turn into funds for the school!!
Mayor Visit 7/12/2018
On Friday we had a special visitor at Lady Joanna. The Mayor of Ashford, Councillor Jessamy Blanford, visited our school to meet with our Eco Team and discuss our plans to help become more environmentally friendly.
The Mayor was very impressed with our garden and nature areas and was pleased to hear all about our work with The Big Cat Santuary last year. Our Eco Team have agreed 3 projects with the Mayor's office and the schools in our Foundation trust, these are: reducing usage of plastics, supporting our wildlife by creating more nature areas, and reducing litter. Our Eco reps also want to raise money for endangered animals too. You'll hear more about all these projects in Term 2, watch this space.....
Please click here to see a few photos from the day.