Pre-Nursery and Nursery used the ocean as their main focus - making sea creatures with recyclables such as bottle tops and newspaper and cleaning up mini-beaches in their sensory trays in class. Some classes also used sponge painting to make "the earth" on paper plates.
In Reception, where the focus is safari and jungle animals anyway, the children looked at endangered species and tried to learn more about them through art and design, through camouflage prints and through learning basic facts. Some classes also went on a gardening lesson with Mr Czarek our resident gardener who told us how to tell how old a tree is and described what makes a healthy or unhealthy tree and why they are so important for us in our city lives.
In Year 1, there were three major aspects to our discussion on Green Week. Firstly, the children looked at food wastage and what we can do so as not to throw away food - talking about compost for example. Another major topic was energy conservation - how important it is to turn off lights or power sources that we do not actually need at that moment in time. Finally, the children talked about the problem of plastic and how we can stop using it in our daily lives by using refillable bottles, bamboo or metal straws and cloth carrier bags.
We have all become more environmentally-friendly as a result!
Reception Teacher and Learning Leader