Eco-School / Gardening Club
We are an International Eco-School, and we hold the prestigious Green Flag Award.
Welcome to our Eco School! We are the proud owners of our 6th Eco Flag.
AUTUMN TERM 2017
SUMMER TERM 2017
Gardening Club has been as busy as ever. One of the treats has to be picking the small wild strawberries each week. We have enough for everyone to enjoy before parents arrive to take children home.
We were picking our first blackcurrants this year. A selection of bushes and all the fruit trees you can see below were donated to the school from the Friends Of Clifton. With only a few berries they were added to redcurrants making a lovely redcurrant/blackcurrant Jelly. Mrs Fisher made fresh bread and all the school shared in the produce our school garden had provided. What a result!
As you can see our wild area is growing well. Clover, white and purple, assortment of grasses and thistles. Whilst searching for a football a ghost moth attached itself to a child's trouser leg. We have seen many different species of bees and logged these onto the ' Great British Bumble ' site.
Early summer and it's time to look for our swallows. Will they nest again in there usual place - The eaves of the old school?
An unusual water trough on the front of the school offers great relief to the sparrow population.
The young gardeners have been busy planting, sowing, weeding and painting benches also plant troughs.
Can we make this work? A wild patch on the edge of the field. Firstly, take a yellow
rope (optional) to create the desired shape. Secondly, gather a group of enthusiastic
gardeners with rakes to disturb the ground and raise soil to the surface. Finally, scatter a
selection of wild meadow seeds and leave the area undisturbed. Will we be successful?
Only time will tell. Watch out for the progress of this area.
The start of the garden fence repair Tidying up the willow tunnel
This is the smelly job. Emptying the compost bin. These boys volunteered, notice the girls were no where to be seen.
SPRING TERM 2017
Make a miniature garden from any old pot, seed tray, broken pot, fish bowl , plastic pop bottle or anything you think suitable, on your own or with a friend. Why not have a go? Just by entering you would be given a small Easter Egg. If you won then you would became the proud owner of a large Easter Egg.
What fun and how challenging for any child interested?
The Winner is:
CHLOE'S SWEET GARDEN
We have been very fortunate that a grandparent offered to build new nesting boxes to add to our current bird homes. We have for the first time a wren nesting box and we will be watching closely for any visitors.
Our school pond has just received its yearly clean up. We also had an opportunity to take a closer look at frogspawn and our endangered species - The Great Crested Newt. Mr Vincent is a parent helper, conservationist and licensed to handle newts. His support was invaluable on this occasion. The wood that we coppice from the willow is placed around the natural hedge surrounding the garden area, making this a very natural habitat that can be continually added to as everything quietly decomposes from below.
" Rags to Riches"- removed all the clothes bags on Wednesday 8th Feb. Thank you for your support in this as all money raised from the weight of this pick up will benefit the school.
Money raised totaled £92
BIG SCHOOL BIRDWATCH - January / Feb took place here at the end of the day. Sparrows, blackbirds, pigeons, ringed neck doves were just a few of the feathered friends that showed up for this occasion.
GARDENING CLUB - Starting again next term. March 2017
Autumn Term 2016
Autumn is upon us - Why not check out the Woodland Trust website for fun activities to do with your children. -http://www.naturedetectives.org.uk/
Prior to Xmas, the children with family help donated socks which were shipped out to Africa to support the children who use the centre on a daily basis.
Our new raised beds have produced potatoes, beetroot, carrots and runner beans. Do you like our funny face carrot?
Watch this space for images on how year 1 measure a sunflower plant and the gathering of our red potatoes!
Summer Term 2016
Gardening Club are very busy as usual, here they are picking the wild strawberries that grow among our roses on at the front of the school.- Summer 2016.
We recently purchased raised beds and these will be in use very soon. Children enjoyed preparing them before they were assembled.
This was also a good opportunity to revamp a school bench...
Still work in progress although runner beans, lettuce, peas, potatoes and beetroot have been planted.
Our raised beds are looking great we have potatoes, runner beans, beetroot, lettuce, carrots and peas. waiting for the rain to stop and then we will include courgettes, cucumber, and tomatoes. thank you to the parents who have donated these plants to us.
The old willow tunnels have now regrown with some reshaping making this area more fun for the children and easier to maintain at the end of the season.
Eco Club Activities
Autumn Term 2015 - 2016.
Litter picking can be done at any time. Usually children volunteer in their lunchtime!
Do you know the name of this caterpillar? We think it is a buff tip moth. Found on a field maple tree but resting here on a fatsia leaf.
Recycle your batteries - Box can be found in school reception area.
Relocation, Relocation ...
We have returned with many plants that now need a new home at school. The Gardening group have been really busy as you will see if you visit the school grounds over the summer period.
Recycling the Malvern Garden into the school grounds
|Habitat created from left overs||Malvern Beacon created from willow|
May 2015 Malvern Spring Garden Show
WE WERE AWARDED A DISTINCTION!
From deciding to participate in May 2014 as a school and child led we went with the theme 'The Malvern Hills'. Above is the end result of many hours in school preparing for this event.
Energy consumption has over the last two years been reduced in school.' STARK ' provides data that demonstrates how much and when our peak periods are also where our weak areas can be found. Weekends were higher than they should have been but with a 24/7 timer on an old immersion things have changed for the better. We have new double glazing in the old part of our school also tweeking thermostats in the classrooms has provided a warmer much more efficient environment to work in.
Three years ago we had PV Solar Panels installed on our roof, only visible from the bedrooms of the surrounding buildings. Each year since, we have had a return payment on the energy we have produced. Currently, approximately £1,223.92 has been returned.
Below is one element of the STARK info. Eagles recently spent time during Maths to dissect this and other detailed graphs, providing them with more questions to be answered and interesting comparisons to the annual consumption and CO2 emissons they were working on at the time.
OUR ECO DISPLAY BOARD
We have 3 species of Newt! It's official: we have Smooth Newts, Greater Crested Newts and Palmate Newts!