This year Miss Dosanjh will be taking over Eco and we have had so many children apply. All children have been given an opportunity to join this year and they've been split into 3 groups which will be rotated weekly.
Our first job is to carry out an environmental review and complete an action plan for the year, and then present our findings to the whole school in an assembly.
Keep checking this page to see our projects and how we are getting on!
Today we had our first Eco meeting with over 30 members. We carried out an environmental review in groups and discussed which areas we would look at for our action plan. This year we will be focusing on...
Our projects will involve things like having designated compost areas and recycling water to use in our water butt. We will also be collecting crisp packets and bottle lids to reduce waste. We are also currently thinking of ideas to reduce energy at our school. Keep checking to see what we have been up to.
We have finally managed to count all the crisp packets that have been sent into school over the last 2 months! We counted 1132 crisp packets in total! We are glad that this will be recycled into new material to use again, rather than go into land fill which can take up to 90 years to decompose!
This week we have finished moving the beds into our growing area and have almost completed adding gravel to the floor. While we wait for some more to arrive, we have filled the beds with compost, moved the daffodils over to our area, and started planting flower seeds.
This week we showed a lot of resilience and perseverance as we moved our growing boxes and started laying down gravel. We really enjoyed working together as a team!
We used a lot of team work skills today to help clear the growing area as we are transforming it into a new area with more growing beds this year. We moved extra materials, laid down sheeting on the floor ready to put our planting boxes on and started adding compost to some of the beds. We can't wait to see the final result in a few weeks time!
Today we finished off planting the last of our daffodil bulbs. We hope to see them in Spring!
The last 2 weeks we have been monitoring energy across the school and uploaded this to be recorded. We will monitor again after Christmas to see how much energy we saved by switching lights and other things off when they are not in use. Some of us also went around the school and put up stickers in the places we thought would help save energy.
This week we have looked at pollution around St. Luke's. We designed posters to remind adults to switch off their car engines when parking near school to reduce the amount of pollution going into the air.
This week we had a huge task of counting all the crisp packets we have collected. Altogether we counted 477 packets! Well done to everyone at St. Luke's! That was collected in 1 month and now we want to beat this number for next month so keep adding them to the box. Please remember not to add any cookie, popcorn or chocolate packets.
We have been very busy over the last few weeks. This is what we have been doing...
- Collecting a lot of crisp packets and bottle lids
- Collecting rain water
- Filling up our compost bins with leaves from the field
We have also achieved our Bronze Certificate! Thank you to all the Eco Warriors for your hard work so far. We are now working towards our Silver Certificate.
This week our jobs were...
- to fix the water butt and place it somewhere where we can access and add the water
- design our boxes to start collecting crisp packets and bottle lids
- tidy up our growing area
- organise our Eco assembly for Monday!
This year Miss Smith was amazed at the popularity of applications! 53 children applied! This year, due to the popular demand Eco Warriors will work termly, 15 children from across the school have been selected for either Autumn, Spring or Summer term- key an eye out on the Eco display board to see if you have been selected. Thank you so much to everyone who filled in an application form.
Picking our Potatoes!
Our potatoes have finally grown! The Eco-Warriors plus some helpers mucked in to dig them out. They were not as good as last year, however we have all decided to cook them next week along with mint and a side of salad that has grown in our planters.
With all the rain over the last few days, our planters have overgrown with the things we planted! Look at our planters!
Growing area improvements
Over the last few weeks the Eco-Warriors have taken down the recycled greenhouse as it wasn't in much use, and instead we recycled the parts. The plastic bottles were sent away to the recycling centre, and the wood used to make the frame was re-used to make planters in our growing area.
The Eco-Warriors have done an amazing job along with Miss Dosanjh to section off the ground, and we are now happy with the end result. It is ready for September when we arrive back to school after our long break!
Friday 22nd April - Food Fair
In preparation for our food fair as part of 'Food for Life', the Eco Warriors helped with making bracelets and painting plant pots to sell sunflower seeds. A few were given to each class to sell and by the end of the afternoon they were all sold! The money raised will go back into the school to buy things like compost, seeds, equipment, etc.
Outdoor growing area
We have recently got 2 compost bins which we are adding to regularly to make our own compost.
With the help of Mrs O'Donovan we have made a new herb planter which we will add a variety of different herbs too.
We have also started sectioning off our growing plot by collecting natural resources and making borders with these.
Recycling plastic bottles
The Eco-Warriors came up with a great idea to recycle plastic bottles. They cut off the bottoms and put them together in a flower shape to plant flowers. They used the tops of the bottoms as mini green houses to germinate the seeds and create warmth.
One of our first meetings this year highlighted the Eco Warriors wanting to create products from recycled containers. We collected the milk bottles from Reception and began to cut off the bottoms, turn them upside down and fill them with soil ready for planting!
In these milk bottles, we have now planted peppers, flowers, and black beans. Once these have grown we will plant them outside.
Leaf Compost Challenge!
With the children now back to school, I have given the children a challenge to create leaf compost. With all the leaves on the field now it is Autumn, what better way to experiment with them and see if we can make our own soil!
The children began with raking leaves and filled 6 or 7 big black bags! These were then carried across to the conservation area and left behind trees to decompose. Some of the year 4 children helping, worked out in 6 months time it will be May and this is when we should be seeing the start or part of our very own soil!
With the recent storms, a large, strong waterproof industrial bag had hooked itself onto the fence in the conservation area. Rather then throwing this away, we emptied our leaves into this bag which was much better.
Recently we have checked the compost and it has reduced since October!
Keep checking our page for updates!
By the end of summer last year the Eco Warriors achieved many things!