Butterfly Creations - today we made butterflies! That looked like the real thing. We used acrylic paint pens to colour and a palm drill to make a hole for a strong. We will finish them next week and then Mrs B is going to varnish them, so the Nursery children can look for butterflies when they have their Forest School session. The photographs are of the year 3/4 group.
Only year 3/4 took part in ECO this week as Year 5/6 were doing something else - Summer Term is always busy!! But they had great fun using the magnifying glasses, looking at bugs and plants in close detail.
Our year 5/6 ECO team with all the lids we have collected for John Eastwood Hospice! What an amazing community we have, for people to go to such trouble to collect, wash, bring all these lids into school. Our children are still keen to sort them out and give them to JEH to help them raise more money, so please keep donating them to school
On Thursday 21st April, all of the ECO group members got together for the first time to meet with Lisa Todd, from John Eastwood Hospice.
Lisa told us all about the hospice, how it cares for people who are very poorly and how our collection of milk bottle lids helps them to raise money. The Hospice needs to raise £650,000 every year to cover the costs to care for their patients.
They sell the milk bottle lids to a company who chop up the plastic and create 'pellets' that are then used to create many, many other plastic items.
The ECO Group are very pleased that they are doing something that stops plastic going into the ocean or just being destroyed, as well as supporting a charity to raise money.
We are going to continue with our lid collection and also help Lisa by sorting out lids from other organisations who are not as thorough as we are at only providing milk bottle lids!
Thank you to everyone who has brought their lids into school. Please carry on! We are also encouraging another school in our collaboration, Berry Hill Primary School to collect milk bottle lids too!
Look what we did today - sorted milk bottle lids for charity and opened up our parcels from Morrisons - lovely new buckets, tarps and a shelving Unit for the greenhouse.
Making Twig Hearts or Fairy Rope Bridges? Making things out of natural resources was our theme today. Everyone took home a lavender bag, the lavender seeds were picked and dried from our own school garden earlier this year. We all made something - the twig hearts went home and the rope bridges are in our garden ready for the younger children to find!
Look what we did today!! Washed the yogurt pots from lunchtime this week, sorted out the bottle tops, made posters and sorted out waste paper.
Big Bird Watch - it might look like we are just having a great time but there was some serious conversations happening too - just very quietly! We saw a blackbird, crows and a pied wagtail!
RSPB - The Big Bird WatchWebsite that shows all the information about the Big Bird Watch and how to get involved. Make sure you hang up your bird feeder and put out some water well before the weekend at the end of January so your birds know you to come to your garden.
Shear lashing knot.Basically to make a Forest School star, you make 5 fishing rods, using a clove hitch. You then fasten these five together using shear lashing, so you get a 5 stick zig zag. You then just have to move those five around until you make a star shape and then fasten the last two ends together. I'll try to take some photos of one being made!
ECO Group have been trying to ty knots to make Christmas decorations! Knots are tricky. We have been trying a clove hitch and shear lashing to make stars and Gods Eyes. A couple of ECO Group Reps will deliver these decoration to Newgate Care home to hang in a tree outside, along with a few bird feeders.
ECO Group Go Tree Planting on Strawberry Hill Heath. Good fun and great commitment was shown by all group members. We were told how to use the tools safely, split into smaller groups and then got on with the job in hand. We planted 36 native oak trees on a site that was formerly a conifer plantation, so good for wildlife, for our wellbeing and our planet. Well done everyone involved. Very proud of the way you worked hard and behaved.
Session 4 - outside weeding our garden, learning about spiders and other bugs. Making a pledge about our commitment to all things ECO before we are given our ECO badge! Not everyone was able to be with us, so more pledges to be made next week!
ECO Group - photos of our first few sessions! Our first weeks have been about willow weaving the arches and tying reef knots, planting new plants in the garden, recycling milk cartons, taking cuttings of herbs, emptying the compost bins and thinking about what we want to do in the future. Oh and looking at bugs! We've talked about the rules of ECO Group and being respectful towards each other! See if your child can remember the 5 points on our star!!
First ECO Session - photos of 3/4 girls getting in with the compost and the worms!
CompostingFind out more about composting in day 14 of the Notts County Council Sept 30 day Recycling Challenge. Win a compost bin to turn your food waste into compost for your plants and garden. In school we compost our fruit waste and garden waste - it is one of the ECO Groups jobs and a big part of what we do. Eco Group applicants should hopefully find out today if they have been successful in being selected for the Group - we had a lot of interest this year, so not everyone can be part of the ECO Group but there are many jobs in school linked to recycling that everyone can take part in. Everyone can do their bit!
There is Hope - Soft Plastics Recycling at Asquith Primary.
Veolia Go Green For SeptemberFight climate change by learning more about what can and can't go in your blue bin - make sure it is the right things! Help your children learn how to save their world by recycling as much of your household waste as possible.
Coop Soft PlasticFind out all about the soft plastic items you could be recycling at our local Coop store - information about what to save, and a quiz!
Last Eco Group session for the Year - the children have been amazing and seemed to have enjoyed most things we have tried. Today was really hot but we still ticked off lots of jobs that needed doing, most importantly planted the raspberry canes donated to us by Lee Cook, the Forest School Leader who helped us make bird feeders last week. It has been a pleasure to work with the children in the Group this year - they have worked really hard, learned a lot and taught me a lot too. Thank you to each and every one of them.
Mansfield District Council visit the school garden.
We had two visitors last week from Mansfield District Council, who came to to look at garden and the work of the ECO Group on increasing flowers, wildlife and bugs on our school site!
The year 5/6 ECO Group met them and showed them around. They talked about composting, flowers the bugs we have found and our plans for the future. The children worked really hard to remember the names of the plants and flowers we have grown this year!
Check out MDC's Facebook page for the full report - posted on the 1st July.
This visit was linked to MDC's Bee Kind project - with flowers planted in town and FREE seeds up for grabs on the market stalls. If you are in tow, please ask if you can have a packet of free seeds - we will use them in school if you do not want them for your own garden.
Mud Cake Making - we got a bit dirty but that was OK! We had a great time, mixing and creating masterpieces from mud and bits and bobs off the forest floor to enter in the Open Studio Notts Inedible Birthday Cake competition.
Cold and Rainy Day Activity - card making for Dunelm Mill's Kindness Project
ECO Group - frame making and weeding
ECO Group outside under the shelter and sorting out the site, creating mini beast rock piles and getting ready for tree planting.
Planting, watering and using our outdoor space
More Eco Christmas Decs made to take home
Christmas Decorations - recycled by Eco Group from bit and bobs around school and sticks from the woods! Have you seen them on the railings?
12/8/20 Compost for the pumpkins
23/7/20 Photos of things we have been up to including some of the school garden!
Sustainable CityYou might want to take a look at some of the resources on here. The competition has finished but you can still learn from the page.
Things we have been up to! Including some photos of the school garden
Sustainable City video.
One of the year 5 pupils in school has made this video for a competition entry. It is all about how to make a city more sustainable. I thought you might like to see it. She used to be a member of the ECO Group. You could have think about something similar. The competition has ended now but you can look at the website if you like. Or look at the TED Earth School website for other ideas.
30/6/20 - Out and about with 30 Day Wild. Photos of things i have found or liked the look of ...
30/6/20 - Beeswax Wraps. I'm very excited that you try this one to help reduce the plastic we all use. You will need an adult to help you as the oven has to warm the beeswax so you can spread it about.
30/6/20 Cress sowing!
Ideas for outside activities this week - using your paper plates
Two challenges this week - to spot some birds either in your garden, Park or woodland near you using the identification sheet that was in your pack. Try to listen really hard to birds singing to see if you can tell which bird is which. You may find an egg or feather using your egg collection box. Can you identify the bird it's from?
This morning I saw Great Tits, Blackbirds, Starlings and Goldfinches around the School KS1 playground. Plus my bird bath at home is being well used by the Blackbirds.
Also, can you collect some sticks, pine cones, bits of wood, leaves off the floor of the park or on a walk and create some art with it - i want to see some entries from the ECO Team in the Land Art Competition!! Don't let me down, guys! Bring some bits of sticks, leaves and cones home with you in your brown collecting bag - we'll make something else later in the week or early next week.
Dawn Chorus link to an audio of the birds singing - probably way before you get up!!
8/6/20 Arty Creations from things found on a walk!
Land Art Competition Entry
A Spiral Entry! Wonder what this family will win!
4/6/20 - Our First Land Art Entry
4/6/20 - Can you help me?
My marigold plants that I have grown from seed, potted up and watered for weeks are under threat from slugs!!
I know many of you don't like slugs (I have heard lots of comments when we put fruit in the compost bin) but can you convince me that slugs have a role in our garden and in the wildlife habitat/circle of life. Tell me some good things about slugs (or snails).
I would like you to come up with 5 good things about slugs or facts about them. Send your ideas to me at email@example.com.
4/5/20 Slug Damage Investigation needed!
Slugs are eating my marigolds! It ate the stalk!
1/6/20 Photos You Have Sent into School
Clay models - what have you made out of your clay?
Eco Group members creations!
19/5/20202 Things you guys have been doing at home! Please let me know.
Two children made a bird table with their dad.
19/5/20202 Clay!! What Can you do with it?
Well first I found the idea about making tree guardians - see the document attached to the website. I thought you could make one or two when you were out and about and leave them for people to find. The pictures are ones i made and left on my local Park. You could make one for your garden if you prefer!
Please learn from my mistakes and make sure your tree guardian is either in a hole or you really push it onto the tree firmly, as only one of mine is still stuck to the tree! I really pressed the edges of that last one into the bark of the tree but i wished I had found a hole or a part of the tree which was leaning back for my tree guardians! Also take some wipes with you, for your hands when you've finished!
When i looked on line there were lots more things you could do with you clay so I've put some other peoples pictures up too. You could make a creature - real or imaginary. You could write facts about your creature - where it lives, the food it eats, how it has adapted to its environment or you could write an imaginative story about it. Or you could use your clay to make a picture.
12/5/20 - Sing Up Song of the WeekThe Sing Up Song of the Week is about global warming! 'Its Getting Too Hot For Monkeys'. Take a look at the lyrics page. Can you think about making up your own silly lyrics for the song?
12/5/20 Endangered Animals in the UKThere are some very cute photographs on this website but you can also look at the Countryfile website or the Woodland Trust for more information about animals in the UK - i just googled 'endangered species uk'.
12/5/20 Endangered Species Day is on 15th MayThe website below will give you some great facts about endangered animals and plants across the world. Some of you will find this VERY interesting, especially as there is also information about plastics in the ocean, plus a pledge you can take to agree to reduce the amount of plastics you use - something we have talked about in school. I know Mrs Harding is thinking hard about the resources for the home learning packs, due to the work we are doing as an ECO Group to raise awareness. Did you notice your VE bag was paper?
Peregrine Falcons at Nottingham Trent UniversityThis is a live webcam, showing breeding falcons nesting on the top of a building in Nottingham. When I watched the female was sitting on the nest and eggs. There is a fact file if you want to know more, lower down the page.
You can apply to win one of 'Grow Your Own' home kits by using the following link: https://innocentbiggrow.com. It comes with a packet of seeds, a compost disc, a handy growing guide and a special grower’s certificate. This is the same type of pack we received in school, so you can start growing at home.
The peas we started growing in school and that have been at home with Mrs Brown are nearly ready to plant out, so watch this space for future photos of the planting!
Mrs Brown emptying her compost bin.
This week our star pea growers are ... Amy and Martha.
They are not the tallest plants but have grown the most this week.
I hope you did a bug hunt last week, when it was cooler. I bet you find different insects if you do another hunt today in the sunshine - lots of butterflies and bees today on my garden!
03/04/2020 Can you do a mini beast hunt?
BUG Hunt ideas - have a look around your garden.
ID Minibeasts sheet
Look what i found in my garden - two frogs!
31/3/2020 - You can see the peas are still growing, not as much this week as there has not been as much sunshine. Joel and Evie are growers of the week this week but everyone's pea plants have now started to grow. I found a plant pot for Ruby and planted some peas for her too. It's an ordinary plant pot but ive put a label on it. Even your peas are already sending out shoots! The carrots are still not doing as well but a few little plants growing."
Wed star grower - The pea plants are really getting going now with some showing over the top of the pots. Leo and Zarin are star growers this week with the tallest plants so far. Mrs Brown put them outside for a bit of sunshine. Even the carrots have started to grow - just.
Mrs Brown took the peas plants home, as we didn't get chance to give them out before we all went home. They are now living in her kitchen to give them the best chance of growing. Mrs Brown planted some peas for the children who were not able to be in the planting session so Libby, Ellie-Mae and Harley all have a pot too. Obviously they are a bit behind the other plants but have just started to send up shoots.
Unfortunately not the ones with chocolate chips.
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