LEARNING FOR SUSTAINABLE LIVING
This is now a key focus for Wild Tribe sessions in many schools.
It is something we all need to learn to do in order to secure a good future for the planet and maintain its diversity of life - of which we are a part.
*Children will have time to appreciate and experience the outdoors.
*They will learn scientifically about climate change.
*We will learn using a whole variety of sources, including the World Wildlife Fund, Marine Conservation Society, Young Climate Warriors, Cornwall Beach Rangers and Cornwall Wildlife Trust.
*We learn about the social / emotional and cultural side of climate change, and tackle difficult environmental issues in a positive, active way.
*We will encourage children to think creatively about solutions for the future, taking inspiration from learning in all subject areas, and from the natural world.
LOOK OUT FOR ECO-UPDATES BELOW :)
LATEST ECO ACTION AT ST STEPHENS!
12th November 2020
YEARS FIVE AND SIX began an exciting new project, to be entered into the World Wildlife Fund's FUTURE VISIONS competition.
We will be creating a piece of music on keyboards, to be shared between the two year groups, and which will be played alongside the FUTURE VISIONS FILM.
Here is a link to this inspirational film...
We are hoping that when we are allowed to have concerts once more, we will be able to show this as a full-scale performance, to our St Stephens families.
New ECO BOARD!
Mrs Furber has given us the board in the library to display all the latest learning, work and news.
Children can look out for :
*Newly elected Eco Representatives;
*Weekly challenges from Young Climate Warriors;
*Updates on how we are doing with our Green Flag Award;
*Photos, competitions, individual news and art work;
*Learning in other subject areas, relating to Learning for Sustainable Living!
26th November 2020
Our new Eco Team are :
Oscar, Holly, Dexter, Megan, Harry, Phoebe, Jessica and William.
We now have recycling trays in every classroom, to collect used stationary, such as empty glue sticks and pens. We will deliver these to Tesco via Tamsin Walker - thank you to her for all her help and suggestions :)
Here is a link to the Young Climate Warriors Website ... thank you to those of you who are completing the activities!
11th December 2020
Thank you to Miss Blaney for her donation of bog garden plants.
The pond has now been uncovered so that we can see the resident frogs!
16th December 2020
Years 5 & 6 have made beautiful stars to decorate the trees in the school grounds. We used sheep wool and sticks, so that everything could biodegrade!
One of our chickens laid a very unusual egg!
LATEST ECO ACTION AT ST STEPHENS
It may be lock-down but the chickens and ducks still need looking after!
They are well but unfortunately have to stay in their own version of a bubble, because of a world-wide outbreak of Avian Flu. This means that we have to restrict who goes into the pen, and also their contact with wild birds.
We have started the building of our second, smaller poly-tunnel. This will be used for planting, whereas the large one is used more for for teaching and activities.
Young Climate Warriors have a new challenge and for the first time, a virtual assembly about climate change :
INTRODUCING THE OUTDOORS AT ST STEPHENS
The grounds at St Stephens are wonderful. We are extremely fortunate to have not only space, but variety as well : there are many different areas of the land that lend themselves brilliantly to extending children's experiences and learning, in a whole variety of ways.
Main Areas / Outdoor Projects.
- Tarmac games areas.
- Wild patch /meadow.
- 'Trim Trail' adventure play area.
- Apple tree area and willow structure den.
- 'Wild Tribe Wood'.
- Hills and slopes.
- Grassed football pitch and athletics track.
- Gardening area including raised beds, raspberry patch, polytunnels.
- Chicken and duck runs.
- Wooded slopes.
- Wildlife pond.
- KS1 play area containing a mud kitchen and building 'construction' site.
- Interesting and ancient trees.
With such an amazing variety of outdoor facilities, we place huge importance on learning outside. Curriculum time is given throughout the year and across the year groups, both as separate sessions and sometimes during morning lessons.
THE PHOTOS BELOW SHOW SOME OF THE BEAUTIFUL AREAS IN OUR SCHOOL GROUNDS...
IN THE BOXES BELOW, CLASSES WILL SHARE WHAT THEY HAVE BEEN LEARNING IN WILD TRIBE...
SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER : Years Three and Four.
We met the ducks, chickens and pigeons.
We met and used the new poly-tunnel.
We cared for the garden area.
We took a look at plastic waste as part of The Marine Conservation Society’s 'Source to Sea' beach clean-up during 18th – 25th September.
We learnt about plastic pollution and started finishing Eco bricks.
We learnt about woodland life-cycles.
LINKS TO THE CLASSROOM
Literacy – research into endangered wildlife; write a text to include different styles of writing : report, statistics, e-mail, diary.
Music – Pictures from environmental research, to inspire compositions on keyboard.
Art – Posters to raise awareness of global environmental problems.
THE PHOTOS BELOW SHOW SOME OF THE CHILDREN'S WORK IN YEARS THREE AND FOUR...
NOVEMBER/DECEMBER : YEARS FIVE AND SIX
We looked after the garden area -
*Digging out the old compost heaps.
*Moving new earth into the raised beds.
*Clearing the tyre planters.
*Digging out the paved paths between the beds.
We looked after the ducks and chickens -
*Picked grass for them to eat.
We made eco bricks using plastic collected from people's lunches - and Mrs Hunt's shopping!
We made music to go with the Future Visions film and designed our own future inventions.
We joined an EncounterEdu Live Lesson about how coral reproduce and establish themselves in the oceans.
Links to the classroom :
Habitats and adaptation - Science
Music composition on keyboard.
JANUARY/FEBRUARY : YEAR 3/4 BUBBLE
We continued work on the compost bins.
We made pictures of instruments using leaves, for the Cornwall Music Service Trust Art Gallery
We continued stuffing eco-bricks with plastic!
We watched a live lesson from Paignton Zoo all about habitats.
We had a live lesson from the World Wildlife Fund about the Living Planet Report.
We learnt that a shocking 68 percent of vertebrate species have disappeared since 1970.
See below for some of the pledges we made to change our life styles.
JANUARY / FEBRUARY : YEAR THREE / FOUR BUBBLE
We watched the live lesson on submarine volcanoes, from the National Marine Aquarium. Below are the volcanoes we made ... now they need a chemical reaction to make them erupt!