Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!
14th-18th February, 2022
Our spring term Specialist Week was all about coming together as a school community, thinking about how we can REDUCE, REUSE and RECYCLE, particularly at school and within our own homes.
We started our week with a litter pick. The children were challenged to see which class could collect the most litter from around the school grounds. They wore protective gloves and used litter pickers to make sure they stayed safe. We then considered what we could recycle and how we can keep our super school litter free in the future.
We also asked each child to bring in an old t-shirt. They then had the opportunity to re-design the tired top so that it could be loved and worn again, or even passed on to someone new. The children loved using a variety of techniques such as tie dye and fabric paints to re- design the t-shirts as they created their new look. At the end of the week pupils took part in our very own fashion show, enabling other year groups to see our creations as well as being inspired with even more ideas for future up-cycling projects!
On one particular day, the children all came into school wearing older clothes and they spent time weeding and tidying our outdoor planters and garden areas, ready for some springtime planting. The children particularly enjoyed working outside, brightening and improving our school’s environment as they were able to instantly see the impact of their actions. They should all be super proud of the efforts they put in!
The children monitored our use of energy and resources in school. We hope that the monitoring and data collection will lead us to make permanent changes that will reduce what we use, while also helping us to reuse some resources and recycle the rest!
At the end of the week Ark Mobile Farm spent the day with us. The children had the opportunity to care for a donkey, sheep, kid goats, a pig, dogs and rabbits. We hope this will help the children to understand our responsibility in protecting the environment for our animals, as well as for ourselves.
What a fantastic week! We hope our specialist week will encourage good environment habitats that last a lifetime!
Our specialist week for the Spring Term was a wellbeing week which coincided with Children’s Mental Health Week. We used their slogan of ‘Let’s Connect!’ to plan a week filled with free, accessible but fun wellbeing activities. Children in all classes enjoyed the opportunity to practise some yoga, make some healthy snacks and enjoy some mindfulness colouring and artwork. At the beginning of the week, Key Stage Two children were visited by our local mental health team and had an important session on how they could make connections with themselves and others.
I think everyone would agree that the highlight of the week was a visit to Bletchley library! As a school, we felt it was vitally important for the children to join their local library and benefit from some of the wonderful resources they own. So, throughout the week our school minibus was used to shuttle children back and forth from the library and every child received a new library card and a book to enjoy. We really hope this is an experience that will impact their reading in the future.
Another wonderful week of new experiences for our children.