Bringing the Curriculum to Life
At Chesterton we empower pupils to be the change our sustainable world needs by engaging them in fun, action orientated and socially responsible learning about the environment.
We are a member of the national Eco-Schools programme and readily embark on eco-issues about litter, plastic in our oceans and energy usage.
Why do we have an Eco Committee?
The Eco committee is an ideal opportunity for our pupils to get more involved in the way Chesterton Primary is run and help it to be environmentally friendly. The Council benefits the whole school, pupils and teachers, because it provides opportunities for pupils to communicate their feelings as well as influence decisions that are made and to be a part of improving their world. Councillors develop skills such as confidence, communication and negotiation. Children express both their views and the views of others.
Growing plants in the school can provide a wealth of benefits for children as plants have been linked to improved concentration and memory as well as a reduction in stress.
The gardening team are involved in creating a vegetable garden and have gained knowledge which we hope they will continue to use.
Gardening Club builds on the learning inside the classroom. Our children enjoy the responsibility this brings.
- We water, clean and repot the growing plants
- We grow a variety of vegetables
- We plant and grow in the greenhouse
- We learn about planting
Outside Learning: The Bug House
The Bug house has been built up by the children and staff to encourage wildlife in the area. It is located on the back of the school field in the wooded area. Children enjoy searching for the ‘bugs’ and ‘insects’ that make their way in there!
- We are trying to protect our wildlife
- We are attracting a variety of insects
- We observe and learn from them as part of our curriculum
In our donated greenhouse we are caring for a variety of plants
- We grow tomato plants and courgettes
- We plant flower seeds and pot up strawberry runners
- We have sunflower growing competitions!
- We look at seasonal opportunities
- We take part in community litter picks and regularly litter pick our school grounds and immediate streets.
- We encourage children to use the bins
- We encourage litter picking
- We explore our grounds and litter pick the area
Links to the Environment
- We re-home hedgehogs and have a designated area to support their survival
- We recycle waste including:
- Food Waste
- We make bird feeders
- We provide information to help parents and children support the wildlife: for example, the declining bee population
- We take the learning from outside to inside to bring it alive