Eco Club make tyre ponds with the Wandle Trust
We were very fortunate to be able to meet David from the Wandle Trust today. He came and gave an assembly to Key Stage One and Two about the River Wandle, why it is important to keep rivers clean and how the Trust does this.
Following the assembly our Eco Warriors joined David in our garden where he showed them how to make two ponds out of car tyres he had recovered from the river.
He supplied us with four different plants for our ponds: yellow flag iris, marsh marigold, water mint and ragged robin.
The Eco Warriors first had to line the tyres with plastic, then fill a plastic basket with soil and make sure the plants were well positioned in the soil. Next they had to cover the surface of the baskets with a deep layer of grit to prevent the soil from escaping, and then fill the tyres with water. This will need replenishing every week unless we have a lot of rain! Finally they covered the whole pond with mesh to prevent foxes getting to the plants.
Eco Schools Bronze Award
West Hill Eco Club have been working very hard since they launched their campaign in the Autumn to make us all more environmentally aware and to make sure we do more to make a difference whether it be in saving energy or recycling more amongst many other things.
This was recognised recently by Eco Schools who have now awarded us their Bronze Award to recognise our achievement in working towards a sustainable lifestyle. Here are our Eco Warriors with their certificate.
If you would like to read more about the Eco Schools organisation please click here.
Our Eco Warriors presented their own assembly this week about the work they have been doing and to ask every class to collect as many bottle tops as possible for a secret project! They conceived and wrote their presentation themselves and did a fabulous job.
Switch off Fortnight
As part of Switch off Fortnight we had a no electricity day on Friday 14th November. This presented everyone with new challenges but activities and lessons were still a success without using electricity. Year 3 had a dance lesson using their bodies to create music to dance to. Miss Bettles made a cup of tea without using the school kettle, and Mr Goymer researched facts with his class using books rather than the internet.
The pupils were really enthusiastic about the day and made some interesting observations:
Layla: “We are learning to save energy. When we burn fossil fuels it is bad for our planet. It is getting hotter. That is why we should turn our lights off”.
Abdullahi: “Today has been a bit easy and a bit hard. If we need lights we can just use the Sun’s natural light. Instead of the smart board we used a flipchart to write. It is fun but I have missed computers and the internet”.
We are taking part in the Switch off Fortnight from 14th to 27th November and our Eco Warriors have been busy completing surveys in the school for it and putting up posters. They are also ensuring that everyone in the school is upping their recycling levels, including composting in the staff room!
The club members, our Eco Warriors have produced their Eco Code which you can see here.
Thank you very much to all the parents and pupils who have been collecting bottle tops. Keep bringing them in as we need lots more!