I am proud to announce we have been awarded our Eco-Schools Green Flag Status for 2022.
The team at Eco-Schools were particularly proud of our litter picking efforts and hearing that children from Abbeywood have been litter-picking in their own time on family walks! They have said we should be "proud of all the work you do to help to make a better world."
Well done Abbeywood!
And a special thanks to all my amazing Eco-Councillors for their hard work throughout the year and turning up to meetings with fantastic ideas!
Abbeywood's Eco-councillors 2022
We are lucky enough to have two Eco-Council representatives from each class in Y1-4.
We are striving to gain our Green Flag status.
They are supporting their class in our five focus topics following our Environmental Review
Each class is coming up with a number of ideas for how we can promote these areas within school and are busy creating videos with their class to show the impact their work has had.
We have recently completed our Environmental Review of the school. We discovered lots of things we are doing really well, such as encouraging healthy eating and supporting a variety of wildlife around school by building 'bug hotels' and creating our own bird feeders.
We have chosen three focus areas to work on;
Each class will be focusing on one of these areas throughout the year to ensure we are making our school more eco-friendly.
On Monday 27th January, Reception and Year One took part in The RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch. We used binoculars and marked off the different species we saw. Our findings are being collated and we will be returning our findings to RSPB.
Now the weather has started to turn we have created bird feeders to ensure the birds have food to keep them healthy throughout the winter.
In October, Year Three worked with Church Hill Big Local to plant snowdrops in the local area.
Today, as part of the Great British Spring Clean, our eco-councillors worked hard to ensure the school grounds were free from litter. We will now weigh the litter collected and upload the information to Keep Britain Tidy.
The Big Switch Off
This Thursday, we will be joining other schools in the local area to take part in Westacre's Big Switch Off. We have been invited to try and use no electricity from 2.15 until 2.45. We look forward to then investigating how much energy we have saved.
Here is a clip from the Year 7's at Westacre Middle School explaining just why saving energy is so important:
We returned to the Moons Moat scheduled monument to check the progress of our daffodils. To our joy, they have bloomed and looked wonderful! We carefully sketched the daffodils looking closely at their features.
It has already been a busy start for the Eco-Councillors this year! We had a superb time going to Moons Moat Monument to plant daffodil bulbs ready for Spring! Although the rain poured, our spirits weren't dampened and the children did a fantastic job! Thank you to Church Hill Big Local for donating the bulbs and getting us involved, we had a great time.
Although the children at Abbeywood are fantastic at making sure their rubbish goes in the bin, the Eco-team have been busy making sure any stray rubbish is collected and put in the bins.
We have also recently introduced a fruit bin for our food waste to be collected in. This is then put in the compost.
The Year 3 &4's still check classroom's daily to ensure children and teachers are turning off computers, switching off lights and recycling, so we can keep ensuring the ethos of the 3Rs, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!
We have all become very conscious of this, which is evident in assembly, with multiple classes winning the Eco award each week. Keep up the good work!
A huge congratulations to everyone at Abbeywood for helping us to earn our third Green Flag. A very special mention must go to the Eco Friends and Mrs Davies for really making it happen.
The Green Flag assessor visited Abbeywood on 21st April 2017 and met with the Eco Friends and Mrs Davies to find out what we had been doing to ensure we maintained our high level of work towards being an eco friendly school. She was really impressed with all the work that has been going on and how well the Eco Friends could talk about their contributions, especially on her tour around the school.
The Eco Committee work very hard all year round on areas such as: electricity, water, waste, litter and biodiversity.
Year 4 children work hard to monitor the energy usage and waste of each class throughout the week. Then every Monday, in our celebration assembly, the Abbeywood Eco Award is given to the most eco friendly class.
Now we've just got to keep it up!
Global learning is an important part of our curriculum and is integrated through all subject areas wherever possible. We use 'Philosophy for Children' (P4C) as the vehicle for discussing many Global and Eco issues and the children are always encouraged to see things from another perspective, exploring whether others across the world may have a different opinion to their own. We are part of the 'Global Learning Programme' (GLP) which provides opportunities to better understand how we can support children with their understanding of the wider world.
Abbeywood Eco Code
We would like to congratulate Alfie Hill and Rachel Whiley for winning our recent Eco Code competition.
Alfie and Rachel worked together to design a fantastic poster which will help to remind everyone of our eco ethos. You will notice their winning design displayed around school.