Eco-Schools is an international award programme that guides schools on their sustainable journey, providing a simple framework to help make sustainability an integral part of school life. Eco-Schools can help enhance the curriculum and get the whole school united behind something important.
The Eco-Schools mission is to help make every school in the country sustainable and to bring about behaviour change in young people and those connected to them so that good habits learned in schools are followed through into homes and communities.
At Lytchett Matravers Primary School, we are currently working towards our 'Green Flag' status!
Eco Club begins a new year!
Meet our new Eco Teams!
THE SENIOR TEAM
THE JUNIOR TEAM
The Senior and Junior Eco Teams have already met for the first time this year, discussing their roles within the school community and areas of the school on which we feel we could have an impact.
Project ‘School Quad’:
The Junior Team, with the help of Year 4, have already made a start on the inner school quad by tackling the summer holiday weed growth and preparing the beds for some winter planting. With over 100 bulbs planted we cannot wait to see what flowers will emerge in the spring!
LMPS would very much like to thank Poundbury Gardens for providing these beautiful plants.
Solar Farm Visit:
Our Senior Team have been out and about in our Local community and have visited Race Solar Farm to discover how energy can be created in a more environmentally friendly way. They took part in workshops which explored how solar energy can be harnessed as well as how to calculate carbon footprints. They had a marvellous time and were astounded to discover the wide range of wildlife which was nurtured and supported by the Solar Farm.
LMPS would like to thank Tracey for an amazing day and Race Solar Farm for providing this wonderful opportunity for our Eco Team and covering all of the expenses, including the travel to and from the site. We had a marvellous day and learnt so much about solar energy.
RSPB BIG SCHOOL BIRD WATCH
On Wednesday the 30th of January, Anneka Schofield and Emma Stephens from the RSPB visited our school to help us complete a Big School Bird Watch.
We started the day with a whole school assembly, where we learnt about the different types of birds that we might see, and how to recognise them. We learnt about different feather colours and patterns, different types of beaks and even the different shaped feet! We also discovered that every type of bird has a very unique bird call and we listened to these very carefully so that we could identify them our selves. We soon discovered that it was easy to identify the smaller birds by the higher pitches and that some had very unique sounds that almost sounded like words, such as the ‘teacher, teacher’ song by the great tit! Within no time at all we were ready for our bird watching activities.
One by one, each year group went out armed with clipboards, Bird ID tally charts and binoculars to discover what birds were visiting LMPS. Even though it was a cold day, the sun was shining and the birds were all busy singing and looking for food. We were astonished to discover how many different species of birds we could find. We managed to see:
Robins, blackbirds, great tits and blue tits, magpies, pigeons, house sparrows, starlings and even some gold finches!
Who knew the grounds around our school were so full of birds! Once we stopped to listen to the bird song, we realised how very many different birds were singing in our trees!
To encourage some more birds to visit in the afternoon, the Eco Team helped out by creating some bird feeders at lunch time. It was a sticky business – but lots of fun!
Thank you RSPB for helping us have such a brilliant day!