A BIG well done to Mrs Baxter and the entire Eco Team for the recent Eco accreditation and awarding of our new Eco Flag which we hope to fly in a special ceremony this term. Great job everyone! 🙂
Eco-Schools is the largest sustainable schools programme in the world and is operated internationally by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE). It connects 15 million children, young people and educators through sustainable development education and is the biggest learning network in the world.
Eco-Schools is an international initiative designed to encourage whole-school community action on Learning for Sustainability. It is an environmental management tool, a learning resource and a recognised award scheme which empowers children and young people to take action towards an economically, socially and environmentally just world.
The initiative provides a framework for learning and action which affords a wealth of opportunities for linking sustainable development education, global citizenship and outdoor learning. Eco-Schools weaves these elements together through the everyday curricular work undertaken by schools and encourages closer links between schools and the communities around them.
In St Margaret’s Primary our children meet regularly to discuss, plan, implement and review opportunities to help educate our community and proactively make a difference to our environment.
Our 3 main targets to achieve this term are:
- Promote knowledge of how we can be more Eco friendly.
- Organise another litter pick event.
- Begin Eco monitoring of waste, paper recycling and energy saving.
St. Margaret’s Eco Committee are part of Citizen Science!!
“Citizen Science”, is a term used to describe the use of communities and citizens to gather large amounts of scientific data for a single project. People volunteer to make observations that are then compiled into one large data set. Our “Citizen Science” project is run in collaboration with the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO), and will help them investigate the impacts that climate change is having on birds across the UK. We will upload our data so that our work contributes to a nation-wide survey for the BTO, and we will also be credited in the findings.
Taking part is a great way for us to learn more about our play ground environment, find out more about the animals living in our school’s habitats and develop real science skills. We will be uploading our data and we will be a part of a real – and important – scientific project.
It will run throughout the 2015/2016 school year. Our Eco Committee are looking forward to getting their hands dirty examining soil samples, counting grubs, and surveying birds.