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Passion for the Planet

Rationale


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, we 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 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. 


Our Aims:

  • foster in our children a love for our world - for its plants and wildlife;
  • develop a knowledge of the natural world so that children can recognise the mammals, birds and insects that they encounter everyday;
  • have a strong understanding of the importance of our world - that there is only one and that our life support systems are under threat and therefore so are we;
  • understand the nature of the threats to the natural world, posed by humanity;
  • develop children as activists who will campaign to protect our world, both locally and further afield.
  • deepen children’s understanding of environmental and sustainable development issues.

 

Curriculum Framework

Our Passion for the Planet curriculum provides a framework for achieving these aims. This framework continues to grow and develop as our work evolves.

Each year group, from Year 1 upwards, has its own area of focus, these are roughly linked to the Science and/or Geography themes they are exploring.

 

Year 1 Litter / Recycling
Year 2 Endangered Species
Year 3 Food Miles
Year 4 H20
Year 5 Plastic Planet
Year 6 Climate Change

 

Passion for the Planet is a thread rather than a distinctive subject, that weaves its way through the curriculum. This allows our children to learn about environmental issues and campaign for changes to how they shop, live at home, to improve the natural environment in the school grounds and around Bowdon, or for changes in business practices or government policy. Enabling these changes can be deeply empowering for children - allowing them to fully appreciate the impact that thir work can have. 

 

•    Our Forest Explorers curriculum provides rich opportunities 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 opportunities for every class to be engaged in gardening projects. Food grown in our allotments is now used for timetabled cooking and integrated into our Design Technology curriculum.


•    Our Eco Council are well established and lead eco work through school. They are currently working hard to achieve the Green Flag 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 be chosen as winners!

 

Future Development
•    ensure sustainability: to further embedded Passion for the Planet into 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: to use our purchasing power and levels of consumption to make sustainable choices;


•    biodiversity: to continue the development of the grounds to encourage diversity in plant life and wildlife;


•    allotment gardening: to develop a greater understanding of how food is produced and provide our children with the skills to grow some of their own food;


•    energy saving: to learn the skills necessary to save energy and water at school and home.


•    global perspectives: to make links with pupils from other schools and learn 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.