Pupils helped to study environment thanks to ‘astounding generosity of community’

Pupils helped to study environment thanks to ‘astounding generosity of community’

by Henry James (May 2021)

AS part of the school’s ‘Animal Kingdom’ theme, the children in Year 4 at St Anne’s Catholic Primary School in Ormskirk have studied environmental issues such as recycling, waste and how plastic affects animals and insects.

The pupils took a particular interest in what they could do for their local environment and how they could help creatures on their school grounds, so they decided to build bug hotels.

First, they had to design their hotel and plan what materials they would use.

A spokesperson for the school said: “The generosity from the parents, carers and local community was astounding. The children worked really hard to collect other natural materials to create stable, permanent structures.”

The pupils added: “It was really fun – everyone enjoyed it! We even traded materials with other groups to help each other. We want the bugs in our school grounds to be protected from predators and humans.”

The school spokesperson added: “The hotels have been a great success as the children use them at break times for their fruit waste and there has been lots of different creepy-crawly residents!”

Meanwhile the children across the whole school have taken part in a five day ‘Walk to School Week’ challenge – an initiative to encourage ‘greener’ ways to travel to school, as well as giving the children the opportunity to begin the day in a healthy way.

The children used their Maths skills to gather data about their journey to school and made posters promoting the eco value of walking to school.

They also celebrated the week by designing ‘happy feet’ to create a beautiful outdoor display to promote their passion for their local environment.

The Y2 pupils commented: “Walk to School Week is really important because it keeps us healthy and saves the environment.”

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