Applications are in!
Schools have been shortlisted!
The award ceremony is nearly here!
We are very excited at Newground for The Green Hero Award ceremony sponsored by AGC Chemicals which will be taking place at the Lancashire Science Fair, Friday 29th June 2018.
This year we have 6 awards up for grabs and they are:
- Global Citizenship Award
- Waste Savers Award
- Green Fingers Award
- Wildlife Warrior Award
- Outdoor Skills School Award
And then there is the big one:
- Green Primary School of the Year 2018
Lots of local school have been busy this year with various environmental projects and we have received lots of amazing applications. Our panel of judges which consisted of representatives from Newground Outdoor Education Team, Newground's Flood Defence Team, Lancashire Science Festival and Lancashire Wildlife trust, had a very tricky task in selecting the overall winners.
Below is a list of all the schools that have shortlisted for one of the awards and a bit of information on their achievements in environmental performance.
Anchorsholme Academy, Blackpool
The academy has an Outdoor learning area where the children can get involved in all things outdoors; these include bug exploration, watching animals in their own habitat, bird spotting, using magnifying glasses and binoculars, watching life cycles, planting seeds and tending to them as they grow, designing flower beds and maintaining them, den building, mud pie makings and other outdoor activities.
Roe Lee Park Primary School, Blackburn
Roe Lee Park Primary School have been busy designing a safe designated outdoor area, giving pupils the chance to work outdoors whatever the weather. They have designed a science area, which includes a weather station and a planting zone. They have a Sports section, which gives pupils access to athletics equipment and sporting activates. They also have an outdoor stage for pupils to perform their own writing compositions, poems or extracts from books. This outdoor space has been made using some recycled materials.
Thorn Primary School, Bacup
Each class at Thorn Primary School is given a block of five weeks twice a year to take part in activities that promote a respect for the environment and the habitats it produces. Pupils can learn ‘Survival Skills’, ‘Art In Nature’, Map Skills’, ‘Teamwork’, and ‘Problem Solving’. The pupils even get the change to bring along a parent/guardian.
Cherry Fold Community Primary School, Burnley
Forest schools project in full swing – delivering den building, investigated the Stone Age and other historical periods, made Stone Age axes, scavenged for foods you could eat in the woodland, identified differences between our woodland area and another local woodland. They have also completed archaeologist digs to uncover historic artefacts and built shelters using natural resources they have found and looked at how we care for our environment.
ST Thomas’ C E Primary School, Blackburn
ST Thomas’ C E Primary School is working hard to save water. They currently are using water saving measures such as low flow toilets and taps and special equipment to reduce water. They have set themselves a challenging target to become a school that is water neutral. They are looking into a harvesting system at their school to collect and reuse water. Pupils undertook the Animal Allies project. They identified that the bees are under threat and began research in to how they could help them. They researched the plants and flowers that bees liked the most and made up packs for everyone in school to take home and plant at home, they also planted three plants in the school grounds. The pupils also lead whole school assemblies and in class workshops to get their ideas and points across, they have created a song and online video outlining the issues faced by the bees and how we can help them.
Peel Park Primary School, Accrington
Peel Park Primary School is committed to improving their outdoor spaces and animal habitats. Their Forest School pupils recently received recognition from the Earth Restoration service for their work on a new butterfly and bee garden, for which the pupils planted 200 wildflower plug plants. They have also been busy expanding their wooded areas, with tree packs sent from the Woodland Trust. The pupils here have not only been learning about habitats they have also been making homes for hibernating hedgehogs.
St John’s Catholic Primary School, Poulton –le –Fylde
Pupils at St John’s Catholic Primary School have been learning all about insects and animals. They have made their own bird feeders and started up a Bird Club. The school have also had a visit from the Bee People and created a display all about bees to go in the school hall. They have also been busy designing and making their own bug hotels and hatching their own butterflies and learning about hedgehogs. The school is lucky enough to have its own resident hens and a hedgehog house for any that visit.
Pupils have been helping to keep the willow garden tidy and doing some willow weaving too. They have won lots of awards for their gardening and vegetable growing. And they even have an organic garden. They have planted apple trees in the church garden and harvested their home grown potatoes, corn, herbs, strawberries and tomatoes in a poly tunnel.
Lammack Primary School, Blackburn
The pupils at Lammack school have been very busy this year. Year 5 have been busy learning all about allotments and growing their own vegetables. Year 5 and year 2 have also been busy with the lets grow scheme, sewing potato seeds. Reception class have been harvesting vegetables and also got to cook and taste some of the potatoes, carrots, beans and onions. They are working hard to recycle as many batteries and pens as possible. They have an Eco notice board where y4 and y5 have been displaying information about plastic waste and the Eco team are always enthusiastic to design Powerpoints to share during assembly.
The school is also holding a waste awareness week, focusing on the reduction of single use plastic, which they are composing raps and songs for which will be accompanied by upcycled instruments. Not only that they have upcycled items already in use in their classrooms.
Newchurch St. Nicholas Primary School, Rawtenstall
At Newchurch St. Nicholas Primary School they have an after school gardening club. The pupils who attend have planted trees on school grounds and grown their own herbs and food in planters. They have grown; salad leaves, strawberries, carrots, tomatoes, cabbages, kale, cauliflower, courgettes and onions, which were all harvested and used at lunch time in the kitchen.
As part of the gardening club pupils also get to go on walks in the woods and look at the paths around the school. Pupils have planted trees and hedges and weeded raised beds. The pupils at this school are working towards the Green Tree Status through a number of wildlife activities, these include; walks in the woods and using the stimulus for writing kenning poems, photography, exploring changing in the natural world and the benefits of being outside, bird watching and making bug hotels. The children in the club have also delivered assemblies to the whole school about their projects and wildlife.
Stoneyholme Primary School, Burnley
At Stoneyholme Primary School their reception class attend forest schools sessions once a week and get involved with treasure hunts, building habitats for animals and developing green wood work skills.
Pupils developed their literacy skills using Shark in the Park as their inspiration. Year 2 developed their mathematical, reading and engineering skills looking at bridges around the area. Year 3 are currently working alongside the Woodland Trust developing an understanding of why woodland is important and needs to be protected. Year 4 are in the process of developing their geography fieldwork skills producing sketch maps using natural materials within the woodland. Year 5 made a trip to Chester Zoo and Pets at Home to understand the effects of climate change. Year 6 developed an excellent understanding of what life was like for soldiers in the trenches during a trench day at Forest school as part of their history theme.
Cribden House School, Rawtenstall
Cribden House have been raising awareness of how natural habitats can be damaged by human activity, pupils have become experts in observing animals in their natural habitats and groups have been lucky enough to spot visiting deer to their site during sessions. Pupils have also been creating habitats for animals in their grounds and encouraging more wildlife to visit.
The Green Hero Award are still the only environmental awards ceremony for schools in Lancashire. Newground wishes all shortlisted schools Good Luck and look forward to seeing you all at the Awards!