Our Nature area and Eco Club.
Our school nature area has developed during the last year. We now have area to grow a variety of different plants, a wildlife insect attracting area, a recycled storage shed, an evolving outdoor classroom, a fruit area, raised vegetable beds and a meandering path which leads all who enter on a magical and eye-opening journey.
This area has been developed as a result of the hard work of Friends who have donated to the cause; families from the school community who have helped with tree- work, donating materials e.g. tree stumps, bark chips and tyres as well as giving time on a Sunday morning; the school caretakers Kevin and Chris as well as the school eco-club. The club included class representatives from years 4-6. It regularly meets on a Friday lunchtime to garden, sow seeds, plant, weed and to create recycled products. We are hoping to develop a pumpkin and courgette area this year to create autumn colour, produce and wonder! We are also hoping to build a greenhouse, create a bird hide and to rediscover the pond which has become a little forlorn.
Watch this space for further news and developments.
We encourage the use of our wonderful outdoor space as well as our nature area for creative learning opportunities across the curriculum.
We also take year 5 to Tyntesfield (a local National Trust site) annually to take part in the IEE Earth Keepers programme level 1. This is a 3 day course which incorporates active hands-on learning about our world alongside encouraging individuals to take greater interest and responsibility in the environment in which they live and will grow up.
Our annual report for the IEE (US)
Earth keepers UK 2019-High Down Junior School England
The Earth keepers programme was once again thoroughly enjoyed by the 90 children who actively immersed themselves in the 3-day programme. They were fortunate enough to use the beautiful grounds of the National Trust property Tyntesfield for the learning environment supported by the Trust and enthusiastic parent volunteers. We enjoyed variable weather, regardless spirits were high and great learning and experiences enjoyed. These were followed up by the children at school and home to achieve gaining their KEYS creating great immediate and long term learning memories which will hopefully play a small part in helping the future of our fragile environment. In addition to this, the children each put evidence and examples of their Y and S key tasks into a digital or physical presentation which was then delivered to the rest of their class.