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ECO Curriculum

Our ECO leaders are Mrs Neeves and Mrs Whittaker

 

Intent

One of our 6 core values is Respect and at St Edward we want to make sure we look after our environment as best we can. We want to build a better place for the children at St Edwards. By engaging our children from an early age we teach the knowledge, skills and motivation for sustainable development.

 

Implementation

Our Walk on Wednesdays encourages children and families to stop using the car at least one day a week and walk to school instead. Our WOW leader, Mrs Whittaker, keeps a record every Wednesday of all the children who walked to school and we can then calculate how many extra vehicles, and their pollution, were taken off the road.

Our garden is used by all the year groups over the year. Much of our science and art takes place in this dedicated space. We run a very successful after school gardening club that plants and grows vegetables and flowers that are then harvested and sent home. Mrs Neeves runs this very popular club.

 

The woodland trim trail is a dedicated small area at the end of our field that provides a peaceful and quiet retreat for children and wildlife. We hope to be able to develop a forest school over the coming years

During the first COVID lockdown in 2020 children wanted to mark how such a disease affected our lives. A memory meadow of wild flower seeds were planned as a reminder that St Edwards is a family and we must all look after each other and keep each one of us safe and healthy.

Year 1 Minibeast Hotel

 

In Term 6 Year 1 learned about minibeasts. They found out that it is very important to look after the wonderful creatures as they do a great job of keeping our planet clean. It was decided by the class that they should make a minibeast hotel to encourage minibeasts to visit our school grounds. 

It was alovely windy day so year 2 and Mrs Neeves went into the peace garden to do some close observational drawings of the plants etc for Art.This linked closely with our science on plants this term.

Year R went for a woodland walk in our school grounds with Mrs Neeves to look at all the different colours and shapes of leaves.We then made our own woodland people masks to hand in the woods as an art exhibition.

Year R have been looking at all the tree in our school environment and making beautiful collages.

Thank you to children staff and parents for entering the Dunelm competition.St. Edwards received a lovely bright yellow pot ,compost and sunflower seeds.

Thankyou to Morrisons for the sunflower seeds and all the information about them.We cannot wait to see which class grows the biggest sunflowers.

Look at how great our outdoor learning environment is looking .The outdoor class room is so useful .Now we can be outside in all weathers .All the classes are enjoying being with nature.

W.ow look at our pond. We have tadpoles.Unfortunately the cats have noticed them and are trying every morning to catch them.So we have tried to deter them with some bamboo canes across the top of the pond.

The pallets have arrived ready to make our Eco seating for our outdoor classroom.

Winter has arrived .But although cold our school grounds look lovely.Thank goodness we built those Hedgehog houses .

St.Edwards has been awarded The Cafod Eco Award.Well done everybody for all your collecting and recycling.

We have tidied up our trim trail.Looking forward to using it through out the school day to support our learning .

Wow! St.Edwards has won the Green school awards for all of our work developing our school grounds to support all of our natural wildlife.A group of children and two Eco co-coordinators from St Edwards went to Ashford International Hotel to receive our award.

The impact of our ECO teaching and learning can be seen below

Term 4 .The evenings are now lighter so gardening club is back.We have begun to seed the trays for our outdoor classroom roof.We used wild seed mix in large trays of compost.

We made bird feeders to hang around our school grounds to keep the birds fed over the Christmas holidays.

We recycled plastic food containers by decorating them and planting them with bulbs.

Gardening club made Christmas decorations out of log slices.Don't they look great?

Members of the British Legion donated some hand painted poppy shells to go in our Peace Garden.

Today it was already too dark to go outside for gardening club.So the children decided they would like to make a non-fiction/catalog/ book about the bulbs we have planted around our school.

Gardening club planted 200 spring flowering bulbs around our school grounds .Ready to welcome the Bees and Butterflies in spring.

Term 1 .To attract wild life to our school environment all year round,gardening club recycled some plants donated by' Swale in Bloom'.The front of our school looks great.

Term 5 - In Science, Year 1 have been learning about plants; thinking about how we can help the environment and be more eco friendly. We planted bean seeds with the idea of growing our own food. We have watched the plants grow and have kept a bean plant diary. 

At garden club we made bees out of old corks and placed them on the tree canes to protect our eyes.

Gardening club made an amazing scarecrow for the Kent Garden show.

Our children loved hearing from the travelling botantists - 8th May 2019

Gardening Club diary 2018-2019

Here is a sample of our diary entries each week

Joining in Sheerness beach clean in the Easter Holidays 2019

Guacamole making at Gardening Club

RSPB 2019 Bird Watch challenge

Preparing for spring

Planting 400 free trees

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Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership is an exempt charity and a company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales under company registration number 08176019 at registered address Barham Court, Teston, Kent, ME18 5BZ. St Edward's Catholic Primary School is a business name of Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership.

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