What is Eco- Schools?
Eco-Schools is a global programme engaging millions of children across 64 different countries, making it the largest environmental schools programme in the world. It raises environmental awareness, improves the school environment and also creates financial savings for schools. It also engages the wider local community and makes links to the curriculum.
The children and staff at James Lee have been working towards maintaining our Green Flag award which we achieved in May 2017 and are due to renew our application to keep our Green flag in May this year.
You can find more information about Eco Schools at https://www.eco-schools.org.uk/
Our Eco Committee
We have an Eco-Committee that consisting of children, parents and staff that meets at least once a term to improve the nursery environment and develop children's awareness and understanding of environmental issues.
The children have completed an Environmental Review of the nursery which covers all of the the Eco-Schools 10 topics: energy, litter, waste/recycling, water, transport, healthy living, bio-diversity, school grounds, global citizenship and marine. This will enable the Eco-committee to develop an action plan and work towards achieving its goals.
In November the nursery children took part in “Switch off Fortnight". The whole nursery has been involved in turning off unnecessary lights and electrical equipment and parents were encouraged to take part at home.
We have set up a small Recycling box in reception for batteries (please make sure they are not leaking), ink cartridges and ink toners.
Big Schools Bird Watch
The children have been taking part in the 'Big School Bird Watch' over the past couple of weeks. They have been developing their skills in waiting patiently and using their binoculars to spot, count and record the birds in our nursery garden. When we have finished collecting our data, we will upload our results on the RSPB website. If you are interested in taking part at home please find more information on https://www.rspb.org.uk/get-involved/activities/birdwatch/
Plastic Free July
We will be taking part in 'Plastic Free July' as part of our continued efforts to reduce the amount of plastic we use in the nursery. We would like for you to join us at home to take part in this challenge of going plastic free for a day, a week, two weeks or even the whole month of July! Please click on the link https://www.plasticfreejuly.org/ for more information and ideas of how it works.
Eco School at home
Here are some Eco School activities linked to the projects that we have been working on that you a can do at home to help us work towards our 'Green flag' renewal.
The main topics we are focusing on are:
- biodiversity eco schools at home
- energy eco schools at home
- global citizenship eco schools at home
- school grounds eco schools at home
- transport eco schools at home
We are also continuing to work on
Send us photos of what topics you have been working on
You can send photos of all the photos of your hard work to firstname.lastname@example.org as evidence towards the 'Green Flag' award
Thank you for all your support.