Eco-Schools is a fundamental programme run by the Foundation for Environmental Education which encourages young people to engage in their environment by allowing them the opportunity to actively protect it.
Through this programme, young people experience a sense of achievement at being able to have a say in the environmental management policies of their schools, ultimately steering them towards certification and the prestige which comes with being awarded a Green Flag.
At Saighton CE Primary School, a Church School, pupils create a special book that records all Religious Education work studied throughout their time at school (from Reception to Year 6). When children leave school, they take the book with them as a memento of their education.
Following our first Green Flag Award, the idea came about to do something similar for the eco work children cover over the years.
The eco books were started three years ago in Key Stage 1. As pupils complete each academic year, the book travels with the child into the next year where additional eco work is recorded. The eco books are quite distinctive and personalized to each child. Children cover their books with eco pictures, photographs and symbols etc. that are meaningful to them.
Our experience has shown us that children become very proud of their books and like to look back through the work they have completed over the years.
BENEFITS OF BEING AN ECO-SCHOOL
Pupils take pride in their work and take pleasure looking back over previous studies. Children enjoy and demonstrate a lot of interest when studying ecological subjects, building upon existing knowledge.
Have a go! The cost is minimal but the impact is great.
This project is nationally coordinated by Keep Britain Tidy
- Saighton CE Primary School
- Keep Britain Tidy
- Eco-Schools UK
- Foundation for Environmental Education
Keep Britain Tidy