Eco Schools Action Plan – 2018 – 19
Linking closely to School Improvement Plan and Healthy Schools it is important that Pupil Voice is strongly encouraged within projects undertaken this year and so children are given ownership for and in turn take greater pride in any initiatives.
With this in mind School Council and the Healthy Schools group take the role of Eco Leaders. Council reps within each class will be responsible for encouraging tidiness, ensuring that projectors and lights are turned off when not needed and wastage is kept to a minimum. The School Council also plays a part in leading initiatives concerned with the development of the outside areas, Healthy Eating and choices at break time and in regard to packed lunches and with improving the whole dining environment. Other Year groups have identified areas within their curriculum where there is opportunity to take on an Eco based initiative. Children may want to present and share ideas in assemblies or through display.
|We are now using our allotment beds allocated to individual classes which are offering good harvests.
The challenge now is to maintain the beds and plan our produce with seasons and food technology opportunities in mind.
We also need to ensure that the shared herb gardens and fruit bush beds are well kept
|Classes to plan and maintain their beds regularly. Working parties to tend to shared areas eg. nature club, parent forum
Develop opportunities for PSHE, healthy eating and food technology.
Grow produce that can legitimately be used by children.
Look into the possibility and costing of school chickens-teach children about where food comes from.
Healthy Eating/dining environment
|More children in key Stage 2 are now bringing in a mid-morning snack but we would still like to improve on this towards every child, every day.
Many children still do not bring a healthy lunch box to school.
The dining hall has become a much more enjoyable and well mannered environment but this needs to be continued to be encouraged.
|Linking closely to Healthy Schools and led by School Council all classes work on Healthy lunch boxes through PSHE/Science/food technology curriculum. The importance of a snack at break time is to be continued to be promoted and school policy that it should only be fruit or vegetables in their natural state emphasised. Fruit points are awarded with rewards for most successful ‘fruity’ classes. Genuine reward system needed e.g. making a healthy snack in the new DT room, extra PE/playtime.
Similarly, all classes to work towards keeping the code for dining, improving the whole environment and experience.
All classes food technology curriculum will also contribute towards a focus on Healthy Lifestyles.
|Waste||The photocopiers and printers are still used a great deal. Waste paper bins continue to reflect greater paper wastage than necessary.
Lights, laptops and projectors are often left on unnecessarily.
Raw food waste (fruit peelings, apple cores etc) thrown in with general waste.
|Y5 to continue to take responsibility for recycling and to encourage less paper wastage – perhaps monitor the amount of waste produced in each class/ campaign to reduce waste?
ü use both sides (written and photocopied)
ü reduce amount of photocopying and printing
ü Y5 responsible for recycling and to monitor our progress in reducing waste.
Class eco reps to ensure that lights laptops and projector lamps off when not needed – to present in assembly/posters/spot checks at lunch or break times, each KS1 class to have a compost bin-to be emptied into the school compost by Yr5 eco warrior ‘food waste’ bins on the playground with same emptying system (into the compost)-incentive for using the ‘food bin’ in the playground.
School environment – litter/tidiness
|The playground is generally free from litter. Tidiness in the classrooms and the cloakrooms is much improved.
The school grounds and how they are used has improved with the reading circle, allotments and new play equipment. We need to work towards improving the environment for wildlife and create and look after habitats- more friendly use of the dens.
|Y1 and 2 to develop habitats to encourage and take care of nature and wildlife as part of their Science curriculum work.
Reception Class to ensure the birds are looked after and fed.
Y4 to take part in the Birdwatch project to monitor the birds around the school grounds.
All classes working hard towards the ‘tidiest classroom award’
There are exciting plans to further develop the outside area. These include the provision of an all-weather sports surface.
Potential for a ‘bug hotel’ competition.
|Whilst walk to school week is generally a success, there are still many cars parked on the road outside school causing congestion and safety issues. Not all parents observe the no parking zone.
Not all children who could are taking advantage of opportunities to walk to school
|Improved publicity for walking to school, considerate parking and car sharing-poster competition.
Walk to school week.
Y6 complete Cycling Safety course and encouraged to cycle to school.
|Need to increase awareness and understanding of issues of sustainability within our society.||We recycle paper and old clothes.
We use Parentmail to reduce the amount of paper used in correspondence with parents.
Regular second hand book sales.
Regular second hand uniform sales.
Sustainable fish sourced for School dinners.
Increased awareness through PSHE and Citizenship, Science and Geography curriculum.