Our Eco Team
Our Eco-team consists of a volunteer pupil from both pathway 2 and 3. The Eco team meet once a week at a lunchtime, and we explore a wide range of topics related to the environment. The pupils explored looking after our environment with a focus on recycling, making things clean, using the garden each week and discussing different topics as well as completing different activities.
Building the pizza oven/using the pizza oven/we made a pizza!/eco-husbandry – working together. The eco-team began the first lessons engaged in environmental husbandry; looking after their environment, which we revisited throughout the year. The pupils helped Jon from Roots to Fruits to finish off the pizza oven; this involved them mixing the cement, applying it, washing the special bricks and correctly placing them before they engaged in the dry run of the first ever Fox Hollies pizza!
Group litter picking/litter picking. Whilst discussing what we could do to help look after our environment, the pupils said we should ‘keep it clean’. We taught the pupils how to use the litter pickers and explored the school grounds collecting any litter we could find. One pupil said “People never throw their rubbish in the bin, they leave it on the floor and that’s dangerous to birds, they could die. We need to make sure all the rubbish is where it should be.” The pupils returned each week telling us stories about their experiences of seeing the litter around their home environments, and what they thought could be done.
Recycling/sorting. The pupils were tasked with collecting different items from around school and as a group we organised them into paper and plastics. We then showed the pupils how to recycle the items correctly.
Planting/ sensory garden planting/ sensory garden plants. The Eco-team were presented with opportunities to follow through on their request to make their school look better. They were provided with sensory rich plants from Jon at Roots to Fruits, and the team decided to plant them in the sensory garden to allow pupils to smell, touch, look and make the sensory garden look more inviting.
Caring for our environment. As part of the Eco-Team, we want to ensure that we look after our environment. This is done by mini-projects such as cleaning up different sections of the garden area, so that all of the pupils can enjoy the space.