Tag Archives: Eco Schools

Outdoor Classroom Day – Tree planting

On Thursday 17th May, Primary 5/6 had a great morning planting up a new area of the school grounds with the Woodlands Trust trees that we received last autumn. The grass was strimmed and John made planting holes to put the saplings into. After a quick demonstration  the children soon learnt how to bed the trees in and by break time we had a whole new forest planted up. We can’t wait to see how they grow.

 

 

 

Terrific Scientific

 

Today we completed all the last measurements of our project. We looked at all the data and tried to see if there were any patterns. Everyone found that the onions had grown most on day 8. We looked at the temperatures on that day and before and it had been warmest then. We drew graphs using Excel to compare the temperature and the rate of growth. We were surprised at how much the spring onions had grown.

Terrific Scientific

On Monday 16th April we started our next science investigation -Grow. We are looking at how growing conditions across the UK affect how well plants grow. We prepared and measured spring onions and will be recording their growth over 2 weeks. At the end of the two weeks we will calculate the growth rate and upload data onto the University website.

RSPB Schools Birdwatch

This afternoon we all took part in the RSPB Schools birdwatch. Schools throughout the whole of the UK take part in this and record the birds in their school grounds.

The results are then uploaded to the RSPB and they use the information to look at changes in bird populations.

Local birdwatcher Glen Tyler took groups of children out and we used our school binoculars, that Ness Engineering and Hugh Harrop had given us last year. The children asked lots of questions as they went around the school and used Hugh’s identification guide to learn a bit more about the local birds.

Everyone said they would like to do this again.

Climate Comic Contest

Today Ms Scanlan received a reply to the class’ entries that she sent into the competition.

Dear Gina,

I want to say thank you SO much for organizing a workshop with your students (we gave you a shout out in many of our communications within UNICEF)! We would like to give a special mention to Jessica’s submission of Frozo Girl, which was absolutely wonderful . It was such a difficult decision to choose just 20 finalists as we had so many amazing submissions…

Thank you very much for applying for the Climate! Comic! Contest!

It was amazing to see how many passionate and creative young people showed interest in this opportunity. Collectively, your applications showed us just how important climate action is to your generation, and left us feeling very inspired and hopeful that we can make a difference by working together.

Unfortunately, we regret to inform you that your entries were not selected as one of the contest finalists. We received so many great applications – nearly 3,000 in total – and in the end we could only select a small number of finalists. Please do not be discouraged by this decision, keep up with the good work and consider getting involved with us in other ways!

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NEW YORK, 6 November 2017 – UNICEF today announced the finalists for its inaugural Climate Comic Contest for which children and youth were invited to design and submit comic characters with special powers to fight climate change. The 20 finalists were selected from among 2,895 total submissions from young people across 99 countries.
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And this is from the website…

NEW YORK, 6 November 2017 – UNICEF today announced the finalists for its inaugural Climate Comic Contest for which children and youth were invited to design and submit comic characters with special powers to fight climate change. The 20 finalists were selected from among 2,895 total submissions from young people across 99 countries.

Comic characters designed by each of the 20 finalists will be featured on the contest website for the duration of COP23 from 6 to 17 November. Members of the public can visit the website and vote for their favourite character. The character who receives the most votes will be declared the winner and will go on to be featured in a full-length professional comic book. Voting closes 17 November at 11:59 EST and the winner will be announced on November 30th.

The Climate Comic Contest was created by UNICEF to inspire and engage children and youth to take climate action through the creative medium of comic design. The tremendous turnout for the contest is already showing world leaders that young people take the threat of climate change seriously.

“We are so thrilled with all of the submissions for the Climate Comic Contest because it shows how engaged young people all over the world are in the issue of climate change,” said Natabara Rollosson, Co-Founder of Comics Uniting Nations. “We encourage the public to keep up the enthusiasm and support for the young people who have participated in the contest by voting for their top finalist.”

During COP23 in Bonn, Germany, top superheroes will also be presented to the UN Membership, broadcasted on Bonn public transport, and displayed at the conference. The goal is to show the world the creative superpowers young people possess to protect the planet, while urging decision-makers to include children and youth in climate action.

The 20 contest finalists are from 19 different countries, including Bahrain, Canada, Cuba, China, Croatia, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, Pakistan, the Republic of Korea, South Africa, Sweden, Trinidad and Tobago, the U.K., U.S. and Uzbekistan.

More information on the contest, including superhero descriptions and artwork from the finalists, is available on the contest website: uni.cf/climatecomic.

What’s under your feet?

Today Karen McKelvie, from the RSPB, came to work with us on the BTO (British Trust for Ornithology) Under your feet survey. As part of our animal project we will be surveying the school grounds to see how many invertebrates there are here. They are an important part of the local food chains. We will also be doing bird surveys. All this is part of the Citizen science project and we will be uploading our data for a national project three times during the year.

Here are some photos from this morning, when we dug our pits and then looked for the invertebrates, we were surprised to find so few.