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Sustainability

Our fantastic Eco Council, led by Madam Jones and the Eco Councillors, are working hard to promote being Eco-aware to all our children and families.

 

Autumn Term Eco-Lesson: COP26

Last week all the children learnt about COP26 in their termly Eco-lesson.  We discussed why the conference is so important, looking at themes such as global warming, pollution and deforestation. Each time that I talk to the children about the environment, I am always so impressed by their knowledge and understanding of the facts.  Many of the children were also aware of COP26 and were able to explain it to their class. 

Discussing climate change with children has to be done carefully. Discussing themes which make us feel sad and worried such as melting ice-caps and forest fires is always balanced by thinking of solutions and ways in which we can help the planet, remembering that with action comes hope.

 

Resources

Year R – Book – Please Help Planet Earth – a Ladybird eco- book

Year 1 and 2 – World in Danger by Frankie Morland (DK Publishing) - World in Danger Video

Year 3 – 6 – Time to Heal by SOS from the Kids - Click on this link for the video

Also check out the brand new BBC Bitesize The Regenerators by clicking here.

 

Activities

Years 1-4 – The children wrote a promise for the planet on a leaf to contribute to the WWF Forest of Promises. Our Bentley ‘Tree of Promises’ is in Reception as part of an environmental display. Ask your child what they promise to do for the planet and start a family conversation about changes you could make to help the climate crisis. For more information,  click here.

Years 5 and 6 – The children learnt about the Earthshot Prize with a focus on Restore and Protect Nature. In groups, the children have started to think of ideas to help Restore and Protect Nature in the school grounds.  They will develop these ideas over the coming months. For more information, click here.

 

ENGAGING WITH NATURE

Whilst outside, encourage children to look carefully at nature. Take a small toy outside in the garden or on your daily walk and take photos of it in different locations. It might inspire a brilliant story or fantastic art work!  


BECOME A NATURALIST

There are a range of apps on offer which can be used to engage us all with nature. WWF have created a new app called Seek (iNaturalist). WWF compare it to having a naturalist in your pocket which means that when you are out and about, you can identify anything which is living from bugs to mammals to plants and fungi. You also get the opportunity to upload your finds to a wider community to enable scientists to track the biodiversity in your area. I have started using it and it is both easy and exciting to use. Click here for more information


ONLINE RESOURCES

If you don’t have access to lots of books about the environment, have a look online
at the following websites:
World Wildlife Fund 
WWF have just created a new online resource for families called #Learntolovenature
with lots of activities and live lessons planned including ‘How to make a bug hotel’.
Click here for more information



CAN YOU BE AN ECO-HERO AT HOME?

With all this extra time at home, now is a good time to start new habits to help our planet. The Eco-Council came up with a set of rules which we are trying to follow at school. Can you set your own Eco-Rules at home? Create a poster to put up at home to remind everybody to follow the rules.