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Castledawson Primary School

Eco School

 

The Eco Schools Green Flag is awarded to schools that care deeply for the environment and who encourage and foster positive change in environmental awareness.  

Castledawson Primary School was first awarded the prestigious Green Flag in 2011. We are proud of the interests and efforts our pupils have made working towards the eleven environmental targets which consist of:

  • Litter
  • Energy
  • Water
  • Waste- resource efficiency  
  • Transport
  • Healthy Living
  • Outdoor Learning
  • Biodiversity
  • Global Perspective
  • Climate change
  • Marine

The Eco Committee is made up of pupils who are instrumental in promoting change. The children regularly help to plan and take part in assemblies and events.  

Last year we focused our attention on the following targets:

Healthy Living / Transport : Linked to our Silver Active Travel Award the children took part in many events to promote walking, cycling and scooting to school.  As a school we encourage healthy breaks and exercise.  Children enjoy taking part in the Daily Mile and regular  "brain breaks" during class time.  Lots of clubs are available to promote sport such as hockey, football, rugby and dance.

Outdoor Learning:  We are proud of our outdoor area which our parents have helped us to create and maintain. Infant classes use this area weekly for outdoor play sessions. The children love learning outside and teachers throughout the school use the school grounds to develop learning experiences in literacy, numeracy and science.

Biodiversity: Children have been using the outdoor areas to learn about plants and animals.  Pupils in the Foundation Stage explored seasonal changes in trees and how animals prepare for winter.  The children had fun experimenting with leaves, making hedgehog boxes and bird feeders. In the Spring term the Eco Committee took part in the "Sow Eat Grow" programme. Classes planted flowers and vegetables in our raised beds linked to their curriculum work. This helped to raise awareness of how our food grows and educate all about the  importance of bees as pollinators. Room 2 had fun learning about minibeasts in their "Over the Wall" theme which included caring for their own caterpillars and releasing Red Admiral butterflies. 

Global Perspectives: Through our curriculum and Rights Respecting Award work children are considering their rights and responsibilities in a global society.  We have held whole school events such as Energy Week, Fair trade Week and World Ocean Day. We used parent assemblies to highlight the importance of single use plastic and pupils surveyed lunch boxes in an effort to reduce this form of waste.

Pupils and staff appreciate the support offered to us by friends, family, local businesses and the council.  We look forward to a new school year were together we can raise awareness of environmental issues and help our children to become global citizens. 

 

News

 
18th Sep 2019
We met as a new committee on Monday 16th September. There were lots of new ideas...
 
 
 
18th Sep 2019
This week we enjoyed some fabulous weather and used this to do some weeding. We had...