Monday 16th April – Eco Council back in action

Making the most of the lovely weather and a renewed sense of purpose in the garden after a long winter the Eco Council convened to get to work in the poly tunnel.  They watered the veg, weeded and harvested the remainder of the radishes. These will be bagged up and on sale by the end of the week!  We also collected the first egg of the new term.  Enjoy.

Friday 24th November – Cooking, Forest School, Eco Council, Working as Scientists and gardening in Year 3

A wonderful end to the week with Finchley. We started the day developing our scientific drawings, closely observing, the carefully adding colour and detail.  We then divided into two groups for cooking and Forest Schools.  In cooking we worked in teams to prepare a vegetable soup.  At lunchtime, the Eco Council started to create the correct mix of 50/50 ‘green and brown’.  Dolphin class planted up their SFG and completed the remaining planting at the front of school.

Friday 3rd November – Finchley’s last gardening lesson

Today saw Finchley have their last Friday gardening session. Each member of the class (including Mr Wickens) planted an Aquadulce Broad Bean seed outside the polytunnel (30cm apart, 10cm deep and protected with an open topped plastic bottle cloche.  A small group worked with Andy to finish the Finchley SFG bed and sow three squares of carrots, three of radishes and three of peas.  Lastly, we had a very dedicated team which completed the compost bin and then started the process of gathering fallen leaves.  Although Dolphin will be gardening from next week, Finchley class will still be responsible for the daily watering of their SFG bed and checking the progress of their beans.  From next week Finchley will be doing Forest Schools and cooking on Friday’s.


1st November – building our first compost bin

Members of the school’s Eco Council spent lunchtime today preparing the ground for the compost bin they built before half term.  The bin has been constructed out of pallets and the first job today was to remove the turf so that the bin can sit on exposed soil.  We then hammered in two broom handles and wired them to the pallet to hold the structure in place.  We need to hammer in the remaining stakes tomorrow and then create a hinged front panel.  We can then start gathering up materials for the compost!

Friday 12th May – Infants from Nelson work with our Eco Council on the pond

5 Year 1 children from Nelson Infant School joined our Eco Council and Nige and Em from Goldcrest to prepare and put in the pond plants. We learned all about the different pond plants – their names, how to plant them, and why different types were planted at different depths. We also had time to work on other jobs around the pond. Some more children will be joining us next week to find out all about how to make a pond.

10th March – Eco Council meets to talk composting

The Eco council met today to follow-up the visit from Norfolk County Council master composter Maria Willis last week. She had set us a task: to think about the kinds of waste we generate in school that could be composted, and how me might go about collecting and sorting it. We talked through the two different types of compost waste (green and brown), created a list for both types, and then planned out what we needed.

Green waste: grass cuttings, fresh leaves, tea bags and filter coffee, fruit scraps and raw vegetable peelings.
Brown waste: dry leaves and twigs, egg shells, paper and card.

Munir reminded us that we needed to mix green and brown 50/50 to ensure that the compost wasn’t too wet or dry. Hollie remembered that warmth was needed to get the process started. We agreed that we needed to purchase some green and brown coloured food caddies as follows:

x 2 for the staff room
x 2 for the SLT office
x 2 for the dining hall
x 2 for the cookery room

Maria is coming back on the 31st to lead a discussion on where we could place a compost bin, and to show us what a wormery is and how it works!

3rd March – Master Composter visits Wensum

Master Composter Maria visits Wensum to meet with the Eco Council to talk to explore the what, why and how of composting. Maria will be visiting again in two weeks to talk to us about where we could site a compost bin and how we could get started. She also set us some homework to try and identify what kinds of waste we generate in school that could be composted. She will also be bringing some very special wriggly friends…

Friday 20th January

Welcome back to the Eco Council, who met for the first time this afternoon since the new year. Mr H updated the council regarding the pond project (funded by Tesco’s Bags of Help award of £12,000) and talked to them about arrangements for a visit by a master composter from Norwich City Council to help us set up our compositing programme. Hollie-Jade said she wanted to do a school survey on how children travel to school, and Oliver JK wanted us to look at how we can reduce litter. Everyone agreed that this is becoming a problem again. Look out for updates!

Mr H and the Eco Council

4th November

The Eco Council met for the second time today and finalised their recycling posters. As there were great ideas from both Bailey and Jack we decided to combine the best of both to create the class posters. We also agreed that Bailey’s original poster (which he created to persuade his class mates to vote for him) should be adopted as our Eco Manifesto as it sets out everything we should be working on. With the class recycling posters completed today we can tick off the first activity. Next we’ll look at introducing our food recycling programme.

14th October – New Eco Council meet for the first time

Today the new Eco Council met for the first time. Welcome to: Bailey and Jack from Y3, Bailey and Olivia from Y4, Callum and Hollie from Y5 and Faith and Oliver JK for Y6. Welcome back Faith who was on the council last year. Your first task is to make a class poster informing your class mates (and teachers) what can be recycled. We can recycle the following items:

Aluminium foil and foil trays
Tetra Pak cartons
Plastic bottles, pots, tubs and trays
Mixed paper and card
Drink cans (although these should not be in school anyway!)

Make the posters bright and colourful, neat and clear, accurate spelling and polite. Deadline: Friday 4th October.

I look forward to working with you over the coming year. Mr H