Green Flag Award
Every year we set each class Eco Challenges on a particular environmental theme. These challenges feed into the curriculum to fully embed their environmental education throughout their time at Bretforton school. This year our theme is ‘our school environment’. We would like the children to improve the eco projects we have worked on in school over the years. We are doing many things that help our environment but we need to evaluate if they are still working as well as they should be. We recycle paper but are people putting the right things in the right bins? Is litter now a problem in our playground? Are the ‘switch off’ posters really making people think and switch lights off? Our Year 3, 4 & 5 children will learn first hand where our recycling goes with a trip to Envirosort, a recycling plant that runs educational visits for children. Our Year 1 & 2 children will focus on litter in and around our school and our village. Many members of the community came to support the children at our Eco presentation in November and were keen to work with us on litter initiatives in the village. Our Reception children will also be very busy improving our pond area which they are very excited about. We also help the children to not just thing locally but also globally on environmental issues. The Eco Team are planning to lead a big fundraising event in the summer term.
The Peace Garden
The Eco Committee finished an amazing year long garden project in the summer term 2016. The Eco Committee were given a donation from the Bretforton Gardening Club to create a new Eco area within the school grounds. We had a meeting and we knew that we needed to make it an inviting habitat for wildlife. The decision was made to link our garden to Remembrance as a way of commemorating all those who had lost their lives during war. From this the Peace Garden was created. Every class was asked to produce designs and ideas of what to incorporate and the Eco Committee met to decide on a final design.
Work started in the Summer Term 2015 and everyone in the school was involved in planting, digging, pruning etc. By the end of the term the new garden was taking shape. Work continued during the Autumn term when a Hornbeam hedge was planted by members of Class 3 in the pouring rain!
This was a long term project and as the school year continued more things were added to the Peace Garden such as arches, pathways, seating and a whole wild area. All of which were carried out by the children and kind adults that gave their time and materials.
Once the garden was complete the children created art work, to hang on the fences, of the different types of birds and wildlife that would hopefully visit our new garden. We held a grand opening of the Peace Garden in July 2016 where all the children, parents, staff, and the many people that had given their time or donations of materials and funding came together to celebrate our success. Father Phillip officially cut the ribbon and the Eco Team excitedly showed our many guests the garden.
The garden is used by the children at play times and we also held our Remembrance service with the children in the Peace Garden. We look forward to seeing the impact our hard work has to the amount of wildlife that now visits our grounds.
Environmental Detective Day