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Growing Your Own Fruit And Vegetables

Year 1 March 2022

Last week, year one worked hard planting some parsnips and onions with Mrs Lowe.

They are learning all about the life cycle of plants.

 

 

 

 

Year one dug and weeded the soil ready for planting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The parsnip seeds needed watering.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We used a tub to plant some onions and talked about the roots and shoots.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finally, we watered the onions to help them grow.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Growing Your Own Fruit And Vegetables

Year 2 March 2022

Year two had an enjoyable afternoon doing some gardening with Mrs Bartlett. They planted some parsnips, potatoes, chives and onions.

Year 2 are learning about what plants need to help them grow.

 

 

We dug the ground ready for planting.

 

 

 

 

 

We worked in a team and talked about what we were planting.

 

 

 

 

 

Next, we made a label to show where we had planted the seeds and onion sets.

 

 

 

Finally, we stood back and admired our hard work. Well done everyone!

Now, we have to water the seeds regularly to help them grow.

 

Plastic Free Tea Bags

By The Composting Team February 2022

We are encouraging the use of plastic free tea bags which can be composted as they fully bio-degrade.

List of Plastic-free tea bags:

Abel & Cole
PG Tips
Yorkshire Tea
Clipper
Harney & Sons
Qi Tea
Higher Living Teas
Pukka Herbs
Lipton
Twinings
Sainsbury’s
Waitrose Tea

Tea Bags that DO currently contain plastic:

Morrison’s
Tesco
Aldi

 


Battery Recycling

February 2022 by Veer and Oliver

There is a box in the office for used batteries, if you have any will you be able join in on this action and give it to the main office it is nearly full and we just need to step it up.

How batteries are recycled

1. Used batteries can be sent for recycling by placing them in collection containers across the UK. Companies like Valpak, in partnership with Ecobat Logistics, collect these boxes

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2.  Take the batteries away for recycling. Sorting batteries before recycling helps the recycling process. This is because batteries are made from many different chemistries such as lithium-ion, zinc or nickel cadmium. Sorting batteries into their different chemistry types means more of the original material can be recovered

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3. Make new products. There are different ways of recycling batteries but the aim is always the same – recovering the raw material used to make the battery so that it can be used again

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4. Make something new instead of going into landfill.

 

Good to Be Green Awards

February 2022

As part of our sustainability project adults and children are encouraged to give  ‘Good to be Green awards to children who get themselves informed about or raise awareness of green issues or take action to help ‘repair the planet’. Several awards were given out last week in school.

Sophie was given an award by her classmates for asking questions in class to find out about environmental issues. She is getting herself informed – well done Sophie!

 

Georgie received her award for looking after the toys in her class. Broken toys get thrown away and this is bad for our planet unless they are recycled.

 

 

Lauren, Noah, Taranjit and Lucy wrote a song about water for a special competition.

Severn Trent is the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games Official Nature and Carbon Neutral Supporter, and as part of this they want to inspire young and old to help take care of the nature and water in our beautiful region.
They are looking for a primary school in our region to write an amazing song to encourage everyone to stay hydrated and be kinder to our environment!

The children’s class, 4H had a vote and Lauren’s song was chosen to represent the school. Good luck 4H!

Here is Lauren’s lyric:

We Will Drink It!

All you girls and boys, make a big big noise.

Let’s clean up the seas, no more microbeads.

We are the children, the future of our nation.

Water is the key to all our hydration.

We will, we will drink it.

We will, we will drink it.

You can save the planet by drinking from the tap.

Say NO to plastic bottles, we don’t need more scarp!

The world is in our hands; we’re making big big plans.

Our generation are making a stand.

Refill, refill your bottles.

Refill, refill your bottles.

Caring for the planet, let’s plant more trees.

To benefit all of us, even the bees.

So re-use your bottle and help plant a tree.

Water from the tap is delicious and free!

We will, we will drink it.

We will, we will drink it.

Refill, refill your bottles.

Refill, refill your bottles.

 

The Composting Team 2021-2022

by Dylan, Veer and Adam. February 2022

As part of our work to ‘Build a waste-free world’, we are trying to use waste fruit and vegetables to make compost we can use in our school.

Children put waste fruit and veg into special bins in the classrooms and we collect this waste daily. Some classes throw away more than others but it is usually apple cores, banana skins and the ends of carrots. Usually, these would go into general waste bins and end up in landfill. We have to check the bins because sometimes there are sandwiches and other unsuitable waste in there.

We also collect teabags and compost the tealeaves but we have to separate the leaves from the bag because the bags have glue on them that we don’t want in the compost. We could be picky and cut the glued sections off but at the moment we open the bags and tip out the tea.

The fruit and vegetables are classed as ‘green’ waste for the purposes of composting. This means it contains a lot of carbon. We also have to add ‘brown’ waste to make compost. Brown waste contains high levels of nitrogen. We use dry leaves, paper towels, cardboard and plain paper as our brown waste. We have to add twice as much brown as green waste to our compost bins.

Today we have added the waste fruit and veg and so later we will have to add twice as much brown waste. We noticed that shortly after we have added the waste it compresses down leaving space at the top of the bin. Eventually, the waste mixes and decomposes into a soil-like substance.

Its great fun being on the compost team and we feel like we are playing a part in helping nature and the environment.