Passion for the Planet
The future holds many challenges for our children. Climate change, obesity and global poverty are clear examples. Our current model of development is placing an increasing burden on the planet. In order to secure the future of children all over the world, we need to make a decisive move towards sustainable development.
Schools have a special role to play in preparing children to build a brighter future. As places of learning, we can help children understand our impact on the planet and encourage them to weigh up the evidence themselves. As models of good practice, they can offer children the chance to contribute to sustainable living, and demonstrate good practices to others.
Empowering our children to take responsibility for their own future is not only desirable: it is a crucial feature of their education.
At Bollin Primary, we are committed to educating our children about the importance of respecting the environment, and to promoting sustainable development. We recognise that we have a duty to prepare our children with the knowledge and skills to look after our planet, to manage the world’s resources wisely and to make a positive contribution by improving our local area.
• deepen children’s understanding of environmental and sustainable development issues;
• develop good habits and behaviour patterns amongst staff and children;
• enable our children and all every member of our school community to participate in making Bollin an Eco friendly and sustainable community with a global perspective;
Sustainability and a closer connection to the earth are integrated into our curriculum and school life.
Our Passion for the Planet curriculum provides a framework for achieving our aims. This framework continues to grow and develop as our work evolves.
• In Key Stage 1 and 2, every year group has a Passion for the Planet theme which runs throughout the year.
|Year 1||Litter / Recycling|
|Year 2||Endangered Species|
|Year 3||Plastic Planet|
|Year 6||Climate Change|
• Our Forest Explorers curriculum provides rich opportunity for our children to explore and experience the natural world through practical activities. The children go out in all weathers, all year round, exploring and learning from the seasons and changes in the environment.
• The recent development of our school grounds, including the building of allotment beds for every year group and our recycled plastic bottle greenhouse now provides opportunity for every class to be engaged in gardening projects. Food grown in our allotments is now used for timetabled cooking and integrated within our Design Technology curriculum.
• Our Eco Council are well established and lead eco work through school. They are currently working hard to achieve the Bronze Award.
• Our Gardening Club are hard at work all year round, culminating in growing an entry for the annual Arley Hall Garden Festival. In 2019 we were delighted to chosen as the winners!
• ensure sustainability: further embedded in the curriculum and school ethos. This will include opportunities for pupils to reflect and think about the reasons behind sustainability to help them inform their own views;
• sustainable procurement: using our purchasing power and levels of consumption to make sustainable choices;
• biodiversity: through the continued development of the grounds to encourage diversity in plant life and wildlife;
• allotment gardening: pupils have a greater understanding of how food is produced and that they learn the skills of growing some of their own food;
• energy saving: learn the skills necessary to save energy and water at school and home.
• global perspectives: making links with pupils from other schools and learning about the impact of our actions on the wider world;
• Eco Schools Green Flag: achieve this award reflecting our progress in developing our eco work.