At Overdale Junior School, we are trying to look at the environment: both locally and around the world. We are working with Eco Schools to be sustainable in all areas of our school’s life. Recently, we obtained our silver award and are now working to achieve our Green Flag status!
Our eco committee is called EcOverdale and we meet weekly to help move the school closer to its goals. We plan projects, monitor their success and have fun looking after our school grounds and buildings sustainably. We have looked at water, transport, energy, our school grounds and recycling. Outside of the school, we were instrumental in helping set up the Eco School and Friends of the Earth competition “Postcard to Paris”: one of our banners even went to Paris for the climate conference! We have been to local Eco Conferences to be inspired on how to develop our school.
We also have other clubs within the school with a sustainable agenda:
Outdoor Club (meets in the summer and early autumn term) works to develop specific areas of our school grounds e.g. the pond, rockery or wild flower meadow.
Greenfingers (meets 3 lunchtimes each week) is a gardening club which maintains and develops our food growing areas.
Litter Picking Heroes (meets every Wednesday lunchtime) sees children clearing the school of litter.
We have a couple of projects which allow the children on-going opportunities to live sustainably:
Snackalicious is a tuck shop which is operated by some of our Year 6 pupils. It allows the children to develop healthy eating habits.
Little Rotters collect compostable waste from around the school (kitchens, staff room, tuck shop, cookery lessons) and creates new soil for use in the school gardens.
At Overdale, we have also developed sustainability within our curriculum:
Food Routes, which covers healthy eating, seasonal and ethical food as well as using food from the school gardens and composting vegetable and fruit waste.
Outdoor Education, which allows children to have their lessons outside covering a range of curriculum areas including Maths, Science, Geography and English.
Forest School, which allows the children to enjoy their outdoor environment and learn to value all that it has to offer: exploration, games, team-building activities and risk taking opportunities such as lighting fires and using tools.
Sustainability Lessons, where the children can engage with an environmental topic and learn ways in which they can care for the earth.
Within our classes, there is an Energy Monitor who looks to support the class with their sustainable behaviour and we have recently written an Eco Code which sets out our mission for caring for our planet.