St John’s C.E. Infant School's Greener Schools, Stronger Communities Campaign
23 January 2012
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Our local authority Wigan Council invited us to take part in the Green Schools, Stronger Communities Campaign. The campaign agenda was to highlight issues of waste and how it impacts our environment. The campaign also looked at how waste can be reduced and reused.
Delivering the project and linking it to the curriculum
Our school decided on a ‘Plastic Bag Campaign’. The children worked on posters, a PowerPoint presentation, and reused plastic bags to make artwork such as a collage and a dress. We also had a visit from a Wigan Council representative who spoke with the children about reducing waste.
The lessons where delivered as part of our eco themed enrichment activities on Friday afternoon with our Year 2 children.
Our children wrote to local businesses to ask if they would display our posters. Both ASDA and Sainsbury’s supported the school and displayed our posters and provided each child with a Bag for Life.
The campaign culminated with a ‘showcase’ of all the work Year 2 had done. Staff, children, parents and Wigan Council all attended.
Our children followed up the campaign with a community Litter Pick on our annual Earth Day.
Our children had not used PowerPoint before and so it was a challenge for them to devise a presentation. They learned how to use this program very quickly!
We found it difficult to engage local businesses to display our posters, but in the end the two major supermarkets supported us.
Getting the pupils involved
The Eco Team decided what the best way was to ‘spread our message’. Designing posters was their idea. The Eco Team also wrote the letters to local businesses.
When devising the PowerPoint presentation the children made their own decisions on what message and photographs they used for each slide.
The children became very passionate about this subject.
Benefits of being an Eco-School
The PowerPoint presentation was shown to a full school assembly to highlight the problems plastic bags can cause. We had question and answers session at the end in which Year 2 answered any questions posed by our Year 1 and reception children. This assembly taught our younger children about this issue.
Our Year 2 children are now very aware of the problems plastic bags cause to our environment. This was highlighted further when they took part in a Litter Pick on our Earth Day.
By working within the community with ASDA, Sainsbury’s and by doing a litter pick our children have become more aware of their own environment and at the same time they know they have helped our local community.
We used The Big Tidy Up resources from Keep Britain Tidy for our Litter Pick.
Measuring the impact
The fact that children could confidently answer questions both at the school assembly and on our showcase day was testimony to how much our children had learned.
Ask your Local Authority if they are planning any ‘Eco’ initiative that their school can be involved with. Our children always enjoy visitors to school when learning about ‘Eco Topics’.
The showcase of their work made the children very proud and we would recommend this for other schools planning any type of campaign.
As our children are quite young (6-7 years) using many different types of activities (e.g. computers, art and design) kept our children motivated and enthusiastic.
During the campaign we also decided to look at recycling and devised a display for school.
Local Authority support
Wigan Council is very supportive. They hold an annual Eco Celebration that all schools are invited to attend. We celebrate the work of the schools and share our experiences. They also provide visitors who come into school and speak with the children on any of the Eco-Schools topics.
They also provided us with resources needed for our Litter Picks.