At Bowsland Green we are committed to ensuring that our learning environment is the best that it can be. Our squad made a fantastic start last year by developing our conservation area and introducing a reward system for the class with the best learning environment. We hope that we can build on their hard work and continue to work alongside our staff and children to make our environment as exciting, forward thinking and as sustainable as it can be. We will be updating our page regularly so keep watching this space!
In the Autumn term, each class nominated an Environmental representative to form our squad. The children are very enthusiastic and meet at lunchtimes on a regular basis.
In our first meeting, the children carried out an Environment Review of Bowsland. They had to assess nine key areas: Litter/rubbish, waste, energy, water, school grounds, biodiversity, transport, healthy living and global perspective. We found many positives around our school, such as:
- Our school grounds provided plenty of space and seating for children at break times.
- Recycling bags were being used in our key stage shared areas.
- Our environment is bright, colourful and an engaging place to learn.
- Our school provides and promotes healthy food at break times e.g. with our salad bar..
A few areas for improvement:
- Lights, laptops and projectors were left on when not in use. (Teachers you will be named and shamed so you have been warned!)
- More recycling needs to be carried out in classes.
- Some rubbish was found in school grounds.
- More use of outdoor learning in our conservation area and more coverage needed of environment issues within our curriculum.
From this we created an Action plan for the year
To see an example of our Environment Review, – Environment review
Our Wildlife Sanctuary
This year we are continuing our commitment to attract more wildlife to our woodland area by creating our very own wildlife sanctuary. So far we have created a bug hotel and replaced the existing pond with a new one. The squad have exciting plans to continue developing the sanctuary which will involve planting wildflowers for a butterfly garden, hanging bird feeders and creating shelter for animals which are under treat such as hedgehogs.
Making bird feeders
We have been using recycled materials to make bird feeders. We will be hanging the bird feeders on the trees at the end of the month so that they are ready for when the Autumn.
Today we have been clearing out the pond and releasing tadpoles into our new pond. The children are very excited to start using the Wildlife Sanctuary in their lessons.