Unfortunately, due to the current circumstances, we are unable to continue group eco work in school. However , you can still help your environment outside and around the school by putting waste in the correct bins, recycling ,turning off electric when its not in use ,turning off taps and lights . Don't drop litter -think of the wildlife
Good news !!! We are having some more trees delivered so hopefully we will be able to get them planted and because its outside in the fresh air we can get some children involved with the planting .
Until then please look after yourselves and our planet - Thank you .
Earth Day 2020 .
Make a promise to help the planet earth ,write it down ready to show me tomorrow and try and dress in blue and green to show your support . Your promise could be - switch off the lights when you leave the room , recycle better , reuse items . There are so many , I cant wait to see your photos tomorrow . Send them to me or a video to :
Then I can upload them all to our website .
Earth Day 2020 is tomorrow Wednesday 22nd April . Earth day will also be celebrating its 50th birthday too, so its a very special day !
What's it about ?
Earth Day first started in 1970, and that's before I was born before any of you ask if I remember it !!
It unites people from all around the world ,to help solve major problems facing our planet .
22nd April 1970- decades of pollution had dirtied air ,set rivers alight and led to huge disasters like the Santa Barbara oil spill of 1969 . Because of these events millions of people came out to demand a clean , healthy environment .
The government were forced to listen to the people and through this demonstration Clean Air, Clean Water and Endangered Species Acts were put into place . This means the government had to see to it that the earth would begin to be looked after better .
22nd April 1990 - 20 years later... Earth day was celebrated by 200 million people in 141 countries. It raised awareness about recycling . This is something we are all very aware of still today and most of us do our best to recycle on a daily basis .
22nd April 2010 - 40 years later … Earth day continued to grow and was celebrated in 192 countries by more than 250,000 people. It continued to ask for climate action around the world . Kolkata,India saw its first community rubbish pick-up. The worlds largest environmental service campaign- "A Billion Act of Green" was launched. They asked every member to do just onn thing that would help our planet , from biking to work to making there homes more energy efficient .There are now more than 2 billion green acts registered.
22nd April 2016 -6 years later... Through the power of Earth day , world leaders signed something called the Paris agreement . The Paris agreement pledged all countries would reduce greenhouse gases , 175 world leaders signed this - the most ever to sign an international agreement in one day ! This is proof and leaves no doubt that world wide, people including world leaders are determined to take climate change action.
22nd April 2020 - 50 years since the first Earth day... since 1970 we are now seeing young frustrated people refusing to settle for a world of destruction . Instead they are taking to the streets by the millions to demand a new way forward . Digital and social media are bringing conversations , protests and strikes to a global audience, uniting us once more to take on the greatest challenge yet .
This year Earth day will be concentrating on climate change . With more than a third of the planet on lockdown it will be going digital for the first time in history. There are virtual talks, action calls etc .
Its not that difficult to be part of this years celebration of Earth Day .
Do you want to be part of Earth Day 2020 ? If the answer is yes - watch this space ...
Click the link above . This is another great idea. It shows you step by step instructions how to make your very own kaleidoscope using recycled pringle tubes . So get popping the lids on those pringles and start making . Please, please try and remember to send me a photo of your amazing work too .
Have you got lots of old crayons you don't know what to do with? Don't throw them away !!!
Above is a great link to help you recycle them all into something great . Have a go , it's great, you will love it . Please ask an adult if you need any help .
Let me see what you create too , send me a photo to :
Try out this super cool robot . What can you make out of recycled rubbish ?
Can't wait to see what you create !
Send me your photos to :
While you've got the time why don't you try and make a bird feeder , using recycled bottles and
your imagination to decorate them too . All the instructions are in the video link above .
You might need an adult to help but im sure they won't mind .
When you've finished please send me a photo to …
Here are some quizzes for you to have a go at . Lets see how much you know and what you need to learn .
Please email me your results -
Hello , I hope you all enjoyed your weekend and are staying safe .
Did you remember to switch everything off for Earth Hour on Saturday?
I asked you to collect items from your garden over the weekend too . If you didn't don't worry , you can go and collect some now .
When you have collected some natural items from your gardens , you will need a piece of paper , glue/Sellotape and maybe some scissors(ask an adult for help) and crayons .
Ok, You are ready to create your own natural collage, look at the pictures below you could even make a hanging mobile for outside, if you have some string. They will be amazing , when you've finished creating put them, put them in your window so everyone can see . Remember to email me your finished work too -
Tomorrow Saturday 28th March 2020 at 8:30pm is earth hour , SWITCH OFF FOR YOUR WORLD !!!!!!
Join millions for the global lights out event and be part of the generation who are choosing to fight for our world.
During these difficult times , we need to, now more than ever, find ways to connect with each other and inspire hope for the future .
Our health, happiness and future depend on nature - so this year , look after yourself, each other and our planet.
Check out the link above and see how you can help.
Please , remember to send any photos to me at
Hello , today lets go on a scavenger hunt around our garden . See which ones of the following you can collect :
Tree rubbings with coloured crayons
Draw a picture of a flower
Leaf rubbing with coloured crayons
Draw the back of a leaf
While you're outside listen to all the different sounds you can hear and write them down, I can hear lots of different birds at the moment which tells me warmer weather is on its way .
Email me your findings to firstname.lastname@example.org
Over the weekend try and collect as many natural objects from around your garden like : twigs,
leaves , petals , feathers, grass etc .
We are going to get creative with these on Monday
You may want to write a letter to someone you can't see at the moment . Maybe start with a picture
of something they like and then tell them about all the things you're doing at the moment . I know
you probably don't usually write letters but it will be such a lovely surprise when they receive
it in the post .
Good Morning Everybody , Really hope you're all keeping safe and well during this very difficult time.
More than ever our world needs tolerance and acceptance .Social and emotional skills like empathy will help us create a more inclusive environment . We also need positivity to help keep us upbeat , it's difficult not being able to see our friends, loved ones and families . With this in mind I'd love it, if we could all come together and think of one positive sentence about our world ,life ,friends and families . When you send me your sentences , I'm then going to put them together to create a kind and positive poem. This poem will reflect us in a positive light to the rest of the world and hopefully will encourage others to stay positive and maybe even put a smile on their face .
We can do this , staying together keeps us stronger .
Please email me your sentence at :
Hello , really hope you are all well and enjoying all the activities being set .
If you click on the link above there are some great activities for you to do and really get you thinking about how YOU can help save OUR planet .
If you can't print the sheets don't worry you can make your own . I can't wait to see what ideas you come up with so please email me photos of the work you've done at : email@example.com
Hello I know it's been a while but we have been very busy !!!!!
The summer is over, so we will be getting the garden ready for the months to come , making sure it's neat and tidy and hopefully growing a few vegetables (fingers crossed).
We have noticed the area needs a tidy up so we have asked for every class to decide on an area and do a litter pick . If you would like to be involved please let a class teacher know - the more the merrier .
Our aim accross school is to make everybody aware of the impact single use plastic has on the environment , wildlife and of course health . We are currently looking at ways to reduce our use of single use plastic. As a school we have already noticed how many pupils and adults are now using "shop bought" water bottles which is great ,this also means that our "mindset" has changed
.The Eco Warriors will be conducting a whole school questionaire to see where we can continue to improve on our plastic use . Once they have the answers they will begin an action plan .
There are 30 year 6 children who are involved in the" WE Project". This is quite new to our school but is great at helping children become great leaders and use the skills they have to put ideas forward to others . These children have chosen to work on reducing plastic waste and recycling . They are working towards building their own recycling centre out of single use plastic bottles. It's so good to see them coming up with the ideas , doing an action plan and then creating it as a team .
Year 5 have been celebrating trees .
They wrote Thank you letters and poems ,decorated them and then placed them nicely on the trees.
We also celebrated with the trees having a small tea party.
We have planted three beds of green beans this week We will be using the product in our school kitchen for dinner times and hopefully there will be lots left over, for families to enjoy in our community.Thank you to our amazing gardening team for all your help . We will soon be planting out again so watch this space ...
Look at our wonderful wild orchid . Who'd have thought we would have something so beautiful in our gardens for free? You see, the best things in life are free . Our amazing birds have dropped seeds and planted these for us .
As a thank you to our birds, for helping us with planting, and for singing such serene songs. Children have made somewhere for them to lay their heads at night to keep them safe. They have used recycled materials including soft warm trainers so they have a bed to snuggle into .
It's ok they are clean!!!
Hello , We've been busy over the holidays. We've been growing salads,herbs and potatoes ready to move out into the garden (weather permitting).
We now have several bird houses made out of recycled wood and other materials . Children from year 4 have made fat balls to help feed the birds and keep them singing .
The trees that were planted back in the autumn have taken well and are growing strong so we are all very happy about this .
Our next step is to prepare areas for wild flowers to grow and to plant up our vegetable garden .
We also have a picnic bench along with two other benches so children and adults can enjoy the peace and quiet the garden creates.
Big Big Thank you to our Eco team and gardening club for making this happen and of course Our wonderful Mick !!!!
If anybody would like to help during school time or after school please don't hesitate to come in and talk to us we'd really appreciate your help or in-put .
,This week has been a very busy and exciting week . Its been waste week !! We have been paying particular attention to plastic waste within our oceans as well as our community. The children have been really engaged and shocked with their findings . Many classes have been out on litter picks around our area , this will continue through to next week too . If you'd like to join us please let us know , the more the merrier. We are hoping to do this on a regular basis from now , because its so important . Children from 4P went to Sandy Banks and cleared up so much rubbish. Year 3 have been picking litter from the field adjoining our school ,our school playground along with our school hall after lunch and have made a huge improvement . They have also learnt a little Italian for our Italian day which you can hear them saying "Don't use plastic, be fantastic" . Year 5 have been along by the ridge playground collecting litter and have made such a difference .
Photos for this will follow shortly
If you would like to send photos, to show off any of your Eco work you do outside of school, please send it to :-
we'd love to see what you're doing to help our world and display it on our Eco Wall.
Hello its us again. Sorry we've been quiet. Now the weather is getting warmer we are beginning to sow our seeds including ; lambs lettuce, rocket, basil,rosemary and many more delicious herbs and salads (photos will follow).
Recently we've planted Blackcurrant,Blueberry and Tayberry bushes ready for us to enjoy the fruits. We've planted Buddleja to attract the wildlife especially Butterfly and we are currently training some climbing roses to create an arch.
Southglade are taking part in Waste Week . It begins 18/3/19. Each class will be involved with litter picking around our community,which also shows kindness and respect (photos of this will follow).
Other class activities and quizzes will be happening accross school during this week.
We also have a new Eco Challenge Passport. Children can bring this home and do the activities with family and friends . On completion of this passport they will recieve a certificate. This is going to be on a trial basis to begin with, children will be selected to take part .If the response to this is good eventually it will be rolled out accross the whole school to encourage Eco minds .
We are doing an amazing job as a whole school and i can already see the changes in the childrens mindsets. Well done to everybody - you shoukd be feeling proud.
Remember little steps can help make the world a better place.
Children from years 5 and 6 planted 30 trees in our new garden area. They will be there for many years to come and will help to give shelter to many different creatures as they grow. This will be used as an outdoor area to help children learn about different habitats and life cycles of animals/plants .
All the children involved really enjoyed the experience of planting their own tree and knowing it will be here after they've left Southglade Primary school.
Massive thank you to Mick and Liam for all your help in our garden recently .
Our Eco Warriors are working very hard to achieve the official Eco Green flag for our school.
We now have an allotment to grow different fruit and vegetables for our kitchen to use . We have a few flower beds to help encourage wildlife,and soon we will be making bird boxes and feeders ready for the winter months ahead. We have got 30 trees coming soon too so we made need parents/carers to help with the big dig (with the children).
They are busy thinking of ways to reduce waste not only paper waste and rubbish but electricity,water,food and lots more .
. If you would like to be a part of our eco committee or to help with our gardening please contact Mrs.M.Mitchell .
Hello , this is just a quick up-date to let you know that we're still working extremely hard. We have been having meetings to discuss how to make Southglade more eco friendly. We've decided to focus on saving energy , re-cycling and litter picking along with bio-diversity.
We now have energy police and monitors , composters and litter champions and very soon we will begin growing plants and flowers for our garden again. Last year we had tomatos, leeks,peppers,herbs,cucumbers,gooseberries,sunflowers and other wild flowers to encourage wild life.
We will be doing our own assembly soon letting everyone know what we found out during in our review of Southglade and how to help make a wonderful world better.
The competition is on between classes to save energy, some are doing really well, others have recieved red cards!!!!!!
Thank you for reading .
Melisa Avdiaj and Katlyn Brookes
Southglade Primary school is commited to ensuring all of its activities have a minimum impact on the environment. We will continue to seek new ways to help our environment.