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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.

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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