Knockbreda Nursery School is committed to the value of environmental education from an early age and as part of this commitment, the school is currently working towards achieving the Green Flag eco school award.
As part of this work, Knockbreda Nursery School ensures that outdoor learning is at the core of the school curriculum and that the children at our school are aware of their role in ensuring that we look after our environment as best we can.
At the start of the year, all of the children participated in an eco assembly to raise awareness and to talk about our actions for the year ahead. As part of our action planning, we checked our school bins and agreed what should be going in our blue, black and green bins! The children then participated in our Nursery Environmental Review and from this, decided on our action plan for 2018-2019.
The children have helped to determine an Eco-Code for our school and as school members, they will each attend a meeting as part of our Nursery Eco Committee, alongside staff members, parents and school governors.
We have an allocated clothes bank through the ‘Cash for Clobber’ scheme to encourage and promote reusing unwanted fabrics as part of our eco school campaign. We welcome parents and neighbours to use this facility for recycling unwanted fabric items. Items that can be accepted include clothing, shoes, curtains, towels, sheets and blankets. In addition to the benefit that this will have on our combined carbon footprint, it will act as a valuable resource when teaching our nursery pupils about caring for the environment. We can also win a cash prize for Knockbreda Nursery as the school that collects the most clobber between now and June 2019 wins £500 – so let’s get collecting now!
Our Eco Community Activity Days took place on 14 and 15 November 2018. These action days involved the friends and family members of Knockbreda Nursery School working together to complete planting activities as part of our Forest School sessions and to complete a shared litter pick on the school grounds! The Eco Action Teams from Knockbreda Primary School and St Bernard’s Primary School also took part in these activity days.
In January 2019, all of the children took part in the Big Garden Bird Watch organised by the RSPC, counting the birds which could be seen from our birdwatching spot in the Forest School garden. The children then made bird feeders and bird cake to help look after our hungry birds!