Last week all of the children in Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 took part in St Andrews inaugural Sustainability Week. All of the children (and teachers!) had a wonderful time participating in carousels of activities with a focus on Sustainability and ways to care for our World.
Mr Dave explains what has been happening in KS1:
Activities that the children took part in included
a thought provoking workshop, led by Miss Heidi on behalf of Love Wildlife, about pollution in the oceans and its impact on different ecosystems and habitats around the world.
Writing, composing and performing a song about countering pollution.
Using waste newspaper to create decomposable plant pots which the children then planted with seeds,
Creating and editing their own videos using Binumi software to further explore some of the issues and themes raised during the week.
The children responded positively to the message Reduce, Reuse and Recycle and indeed it had an immediate impact with many of the children immediately setting about looking for ways to improve the environment around the Key Stage 1 building and school in general.
Within the Year 2 classes the children also had time to further explore some of the things that have captured their interest during the week. These have included finding out about endangered animals and what we can do to help them and exploring ideas for recycling and reusing different objects and items instead of throwing things away. The children produced plays, puppet shows, paintings, posters and news programmes as a way of explaining and presenting what they have learnt.
In Y1 the children have been equally busy - one of the favourite activities being making our own paper from recycled paper pulp and another looking at home many paper cups we use across school and thinking of how we can reduce that number even more.
As well as the activities and workshops many of the children participated in additional competitions and activities to raise awareness of Sustainability. The children were encouraged to bring in a water bottle instead of using paper cups, and use a recyclable carrier bag instead of taking a plastic one from the shop.
In Foundation Stage the message has been equally clear. Our Early Years Super Heroes have been busy picking up and sorting ‘rubbish’ and putting it in the bin, but have also been busy in the garden helping to grow their own food.
We would like to take the opportunity to thank all of the teachers and teaching assistants who offered such a diverse, interesting and thought provoking range of workshops and activities during this week, especially Miss Helen and the Sustainability Team for all of their efforts in making the week such a success.
We would also like to say a really big thank you for all of the parents who have helped and supported the children in their learning this week. It would be great if you could carry on with your Bags for Life and other projects that the children have been so enthusiastic to learn about.
Important Date for your Diary
How many times in a restaurant have you seen the couple on the next table pull out the ipad when the appetisers arrive at the table? How many times has that been you? How many times do you give into the please for “Just one more game!” or “5 more minutes!!!”
Presentation: Positive Screen Time: How Much is too Much?
When: Monday 28 November at 1.30
Where: Music Room T 54
Who For: Parents of Nursery to Year 2 children
An outside consultant, Alessandra Rode, is coming to speak about this important subject.
We all ask ourselves the question “When should we allow I Pad or TV time?” Time flies past and an hour has gone by. Is this too much? Come and discover the answer!
I am sure we will have a big audience for this presentation so can you please let me know so we can make the appropriate arrangements. firstname.lastname@example.org