Our primary pupils are great at reusing and recycling. In these photos Ross, Callum, Jordan, Kayla, Ethan, Lean and Erin have used old yogurt pots to make Monster Pencil Holders. I think they look amazing (scary – but amazing!).
These photos show Andrew, Nathan and Cody are getting to know some of the animals that live in the Pinewood garden. The snails were found hiding in old plant pots and the boys really enjoyed looking after them. They discovered that snails really like banana!
In these photos Ryley, Aiden, Andrew, Nathan, Joe and Graeme are using waste materials (foil cases from cakes and sweetie wrappers) to make an Eco fish. It was their entry for the Waste Material Menagerie which was showcased at a special primary assembly. There were lots of great entries but their fish made a huge splash!
The eco committee have been busy taking stock of all the things we do at Pinewood to help the environment. As you can see from the lists above we do a lot! But, not content to rest on their laurels, the eco committee (group 6) plus some of group 2 went for a walk round the local area to spot what else they could do to help the environment. They spotted lots of things they would like to improve:
- Reduce the litter around school by doing even more litter picks
- Give the park benches and signs a good clean
- Tidy away fallen logs and branches so that the council landscape team can mow the grass more easily
- Contact the dog warden to get new dog poo signs and dog poo bags for the park
It is now up to the committee to decide which of these things they would like to do first. I imagine it won’t be long before they are back out getting things done. Keep an eye out for them!
Groups 1 and 2 have had a rip-roaring time this week with their recycled rockets. The pupils used old juice bottles to make water powered rockets and had a great time shooting them across the playground. In this photo Matthew is just preparing to launch his rocket using a foot pump. He pumped it so full of air that when the water exploded out his rocket almost hit the roof! In the video clip (link above) Ethan is enjoying launching his rocket. Recycling and physics in one go – you’ve got to love it!
We can’t believe that it is almost two years since Pinewood was awarded its first Eco School green flag. The flag now proudly flies above the front door to the school telling everyone who visits that we are a school that cares about the environment. Watch this space for a round up of all the environmentally friendly activities we have be doing.
Since Christmas the Eco Committee has been really busy working towards our Eco School application. The members of the committee decided to focus on improving the school’s ability to grow its own food and on improving the biodiversity of the school garden.
To increase our ability to grow our own food the school has invested in new raised beds and a large poly-tunnel. Both projects have been a great success and the pupils are growing a wide range of food such as carrots, fennel, radishes and potatoes.
The main focus of the biodiversity improvements was to encourage more use of the garden by local birds. The Eco Committee sourced three new bird feeders and decided where they should be hung in the garden. The committee regularly tops up and cleans the feeders and have been learning how to recognise garden birds so they can spot them when they visit the garden.
All in all it has been a busy but successful time. We are hoping to put in our Eco School application before we break for Summer so watch this space.