Eco Team

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Whitehouse Common is an Eco School. We follow the Eco Schools’ programme to give our pupils a wider understanding of the world and the environment we all share. Eco Schools is an international organisation operating in over 50 countries, encouraging and educating children to be environmentally aware. In the UK, Eco Schools is overseen by the Keep Britain Tidy organisation.

There are nine topics that form the structure of the programme: Energy; Litter; Water; Waste; Healthy Living; School Grounds; Transport; Biodiversity; Global Perspective.

We have been following the Eco Schools programme since 2009, gaining our Bronze and Silver award, culminating in being awarded Green Flag Status in 2012. In July 2014 we successfully renewed our Green Flag Award. The school continues to develop its Eco work, spearheaded by the Eco Team. We hope you find our page interesting.

 

Making a hedgehog Home

Minutes of our last meeting 13 October 2015 to read please click here

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This week we have built a hedgehog home in the pond area. We started with an overturned crate which we sited under a large shrub in the pond area. We then covered the top with bubble wrap to give some insulation. We then covered the entire crate with some turf that has been left over from the new build in the Oaks.

We filled the crate with lots of dried leaves as lovely bedding. Finally to give a hedgehog encouragement to move in, we placed some hedgehog food outside the front door!

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Agenda 13 October 2015

The Eco Team are getting ready to launch Energy Saving Month which is November. Last year we successfully saved over 1,100 kilowatt hours. We hope to improve on these energy savings this year.

To view our agenda please click here  school electricity

Eco Team Minutes

Well done to Joe who wrote the minutes of our last meeting.

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Minutes of meeting 15 September 2015

This is the first meeting of the new academic year. It was lovely to meet the new Eco Team members.

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Agenda 29 September 2015

The new Eco Team members met last week. To read the agenda for next week's meeting please click here Agenda 29.09.2015

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Bee Keeper Visit

To start our new Eco Team year off with a Buzz, Mr Mundye, a parent and local bee keeper brought some of his bees into school for our Yr5 children and the Eco Team to see.

Mr Mundye explained how a beehive works. The children looked at all the different parts of a model hive. They learned how a beekeeper calms the bees with smoke so the beekeeper can open the hive without getting stung.

We learned that there can be as many as 50,000 bees in a hive which would consist of a Queen bee, 49,000 worker bees who are female and 1,000 male bees called drones. Drones do not have a sting!

In the autumn the worker bees eject the drones from the hive so they do not have to feed them over the winter. The hive is reduced to about 10,000 worker bees who protect and keep the queen bee warm throughout the winter.

We tasted honey which was lovely. Honey is made from nectar. To ensure the concentration is correct, the bees fan the nectar with their wings to evaporate the excess liquid creating honey. If the honey was too watery it would ferment and ruin so the bees very cleverly get the right concentration level.

Honey found in a Pharaoh's tomb was opened thousands of years later and it was still good to eat!

We would like to thankand Mrs Mundye for their fantastic workshop. I will be putting a link up for those who may be interested in taking lessons in bee keeping.

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Blown off course

Mrs Milward, Mrs Hawksworthand Miss Farr came to the rescue of a blue tit chick that had been trying to fly and had been blown to the ground by the wild winds. Its parents stayed close by while the chick was moved to the shelter of the Dragon. The chick found its way back to Mom and Dad later in the afternoon!

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Waste Week

We have been encouraging everyone to eat all their lunches and reduce the amount of waste thrown away at the end of dinnertime.

Today as the Eco Team monitored what the children ate and left. Most children ate their lunch, with others discarding just parts of their meal.

The plastic waste today was minimal and the paper waste was also low.

We shall repeat this process again to encourage children to complete their meal, so that they are well fed, not hungry in the afternoon and that the kitchen waste is reduced.

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The Importance of Trees

The Importance of Trees

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Yr5 have finished their topic work on the importance of trees. They have created a powerpoint presentation as a culmination of their work. If you wish to view the presentation please click here

We are very lucky at Whitehouse Commonto have so many lovely trees within our school grounds, and we know how much they are valued by everyone.

 

 

 

Eco Team Agenda for 10 February 2015

After half term we shall be launching Waste Week 2-6 March 2015 and we shall be  looking at  how we can raise awareness of World Water Day 22 March 2015 within the school.  To read the agenda please click hereagenda icon

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Eco Team mins 27 Jan 2015

The Eco Team brought their research on trees to the meeting. When all the assignments had been read out to everyone a clear picture of the importance of trees emerged.

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