Marlborough Primary School believes in the importance of helping the environment and that is why we are working towards becoming an Eco-School. Our Eco Squad is responsible for ensuring we are doing just that. We want to make everybody in school aware of how they can make a difference to this world. We believe that it is not just the Government’s responsibility to change the world; it is ordinary people and the choices we make in our everyday lives which can make a real difference.
There is an Eco Squad member in each classroom from Reception to Year 6. We have regular meetings where we discuss what can be done in our school and local community to help the environment. To achieve a Green Flag and become an Eco-School we must choose and develop our school in 3 of the following topics; Biodiversity, Energy, Litter, Waste, Transport, Water, School Grounds, Healthy Living and Global Citizenship. What is discussed in our meetings is then shared back to each member’s individual classes so that every child, their parents and staff members can be a part of making our school an Eco-School. The Eco squad also has a display board in the hall that shares all our successes as well as regularly submitting articles in the Magic of Marlborough newsletter.
The Eco Squad is also responsible for recycling and composting as well as carrying out classroom checks to reduce our carbon footprints. This includes such things as turning off the taps, lights, monitors and interactive whiteboards. We have achieved our Bronze award and are currently working towards our Silver award.
Marlborough’s Eco Squad has now been formed and we have achieved our Bronze award for Eco-Schools! We have 23 enthusiastic children from Reception to Year 6 sharing their ideas so that Marlborough can become an Eco-School!
To progress to the silver award we have to focus on one of the nine topics from the Eco-Schools programme. As a group, we have decided to focus on the topic of ‘Schools Ground’ and further develop our beautiful outdoor area.
As a team, the children have reviewed our environment and have come up with an action plan to address the following:
- Gardening, Planting and Growing: Planting of fruits and vegetables will start over the next few weeks. We will begin with beans, onions, shallots, strawberries, cabbage, cucumbers and a number of other fruits and vegetables. These will then be used in the kitchen for school meals and children will be able to taste and eat their own grown fruits and vegetables.
- Recycling Materials: The children have come up with the idea to make a piece of art for the outdoor area, made out of recycled bottle tops.
- Population of Bees: Bees are an important piece of the environment. Without them, we cannot survive. The Eco Squad will create a vertical garden of wild flowers to attract bees to the area. The bees we attract will also help with the pollination of our garden beds.
- Wildlife in our Playground: To attract more wildlife to the playground we will be using recycled materials such as milk cartons, cans, juice cartons, soft drink bottles and many others to create bird houses.
- Outdoor Learning: We want to use the new outdoor area to the fullest potential and what better way to do it then having an outdoor learning week. This will take place in the Summer term when the weather is more suitable.
We are well on our way to the Silver award and look forward to showing you our progress over the coming months.
On the 26th of March we went outside to complete two of our tasks for the Eco-Schools programme. We want to attract bees to our playground because they play a huge role in pollinating our fruit and vegetable garden. We collected tin cans from the kitchen and spray painted them different colours. We then filled them up with dirt and chose from a range of plants that Miss Kangas had.
Miss Kangas then worked very hard in the afternoon with Mr Abdi placing screws into our fence to make our vertical garden. Doesn’t it look impressive? We had so much fun doing it and can’t wait to see the flowers they grow and how many bees we can attract.
We have begun planting fruits and vegetables at Marlborough!
Mr Simmons and Miss Kangas worked with 6 groups of children through the day to kick-start our growing area. They planted many things with the children including cucumbers courgettes, tomatoes, strawberries, beans, celery, cauliflower, brussel sprouts and parsnip, only to mention a few.
We planted them into tray modules. It was really cool seeing how tiny some seeds are and how big other ones are. Celery was the smallest seeds we saw and beans were the biggest.
We placed our watered trays with our names on them into the greenhouses to keep warm. They should start growing over the Easter holidays and will be ready to plant into our garden beds when we come back. It was a great day! I can’t wait to eat some of our own grown fruits and vegetables.