Eco at Boundary: Blog items

Eco- Sustainable Palm Oil Champion of Blackpool

Date: 5th Feb 2024 @ 7:12pm

We at Boundary Primary School, are committed to participation in the Sustainable Palm Oil Communities Project in Blackpool. During January 2024 we completed an audit regarding the sourcing of our Palm Oil. This audit confirmed that our suppliers only use products with sustainable palm oil. By doing so we know that we are helping to protect wildlife around the world from the impact of unsustainable agricultural practices (linked to Blackpool Zoo).

Eco- Environmental Review

Date: 5th Feb 2024 @ 7:05pm

The Eco Warriors met to discuss the environmental review.

We looked at the ten topics and took note of our findings and ideas- all the positives (which there were many) and the negatives (the few we will be working on this year on our action plan).

This will then be uploaded for our Eco Schools Green Flag apllication form.

 

 

Year 1 Natural World

Date: 11th Jan 2024 @ 2:55pm

Today we began to discuss our key question in RE, ‘How might beliefs about creation affect the way people treat the world?’ We began by learning the name of the religion we will be learning about and that Muslims believe there is only one God – Allah. Todays lesson involved learning about how we should treat the environment, why it is important and whose responsibility it is. We did this through looking at images and real life nature examples. We went on a nature walk to collect lots of natural resources and we then used these natural resources to create transient nature pictures. After this, we looked at a number of images and decided which are examples of looking after the environment and which are not. We sorted them together, verbally discussing and justifying each example. 

Reception- Switch Off Fortnight

Date: 24th Nov 2023 @ 5:59pm

This week Reception have taken part in Switch off Fortnight to try and save electricity, money and the planet from climate change.

Switching off lights when we are not in the room, turning off interactive screens when not in use and ensuring fewer electrical items are turned off at the plug socket, and not just on standby, are the main issues we are tackling in Reception now and for the rest of the year. 

"I switch the lights off to save electricty" Lucy.

"Turn things off...turn off your laptop" George.

"I switch lights off at home" Esmai.

Reception- Forest School

Date: 24th Nov 2023 @ 5:44pm

On Thursday, Reception took part in Forest School. It was a windy day but that didn't stop us wrapping up warm and venturing outside to search for animal footprints, insects and spinkle seeds to feed the birds.

We collected sticks to make a huge nest which we decided would be perfect for a big bird , such as an eagle and listened to a story and played some games too.

Year 2 - Forest School

Date: 12th Oct 2023 @ 3:07pm

Today was our final forest school session of 2023.  We started by sharing one of our favourite books by Julia Donaldson, Superworm.  We then searched the area to see if we could find any worms.  We looked under logs and dug in the mud.  We even pretended to be rain and made a pitter patter sound with our feet to try and trick the worms to the surface.  We then made worm habitats using soil, leaves and bark.  We are all looking forward to our next sessions in the new year.

Year 2- Forest School Fun

Date: 5th Oct 2023 @ 3:35pm

Today, despite the weather, we enjoyed our second forest school session. Michelle read us a book called 'cool by the pool' and we pretended to be the animals in the book before we split into two groups; one group went pond dipping to look for bugs, plants and animals that we might find in a pond habitat and others explored the forest school garden opting to play in the mud puddle, mud kitchen, creating art or playing 'what time is it Mr Owl?' before we swapped over. Just before we came inside, we warmed up by having a cup of warm vimto.  

Year 2 - Forest School

Date: 28th Sep 2023 @ 3:46pm

We began our Forest School sessions today. To start we reminded ourselves of the Forest School rules that are in place to keep us all safe.  We then went on a scavenger hunt to find a range of items that we then used to create a piece of art.   Some of us chose to play in the mud kitchen and some of us worked together to build a shelter. Then it was onto the pond habitat to search for frogs.  We were very excited to see a few hopping about as they were tiny tadpoles last time we visited in Spring.

Year 5 - Forest School

Date: 7th Sep 2023 @ 3:01pm

This week, the children in year 5 have had the first of their three summer Forest School lessons. After exploring the wild area and picking all of the fruit from the trees, pupils worked together to build dens, clear the pond area and find small animals that have moved in over the summer. Pupils had a great time and can't wait until next week!

Reception- Peas! Peas! Peas!

Date: 10th Jul 2023 @ 10:22pm

This week on a rather rainy day, Reception harvested the peas they had grown in their outdoor area. They enjoyed eating them, counting the peas and calculating how many were left in the pod.

"The peas needed water to grow and the sun too" Lana- Rose.

"They taste yummy!" Halleigh.

"Peas are healthy for you- they are a vegetable".Harper.

"I had five peas. i ate one and had four left" Amelia.

Nursery Save the Bees!

Date: 6th Jul 2023 @ 12:21pm

We found a very sleepy bumble bee in our nursery garden this week. To help him get some energy back we gave him some sugar water and he was soon off flying again. The children showed a real interest in the bugs so we went on a big bug hunt around the nursery garden. We found grasshoppers, more bees and a little grass beetle. The children were so excited we're going to carry on exploring for bugs next week. 

Year 6 - Persuasive letters

Date: 4th Jul 2023 @ 10:29am

Our Reading into Writing journey this half term has been persuasive letters. We have explored the genre and read many examples in order to gather useful words and phrases. As a year group, we decided we would write a letter to Rishi Sunak to highlight the issues the world is facing with plastic pollution. We made sure that our writing was formal and we experimented with ambitious vocabulary. When we are finished, we are going to post our letters to Downing Street!

Reception- Recycled Water for our Plants

Date: 19th Jun 2023 @ 9:04pm

Since we returned from our break, Reception have been busy making the most of our new water butt and using recycled water to water the plants.

Water is essential not only for us as humans but for the flowers, plants and vegetables too. However, it still costs the school a lot of money  and in some parts of the country there is a water shortage. Therefore, in order to value and preserve our most natural resource we have installed two water butts in school. Reception's vegetable plot has been watered using our recycled water and has been very much welcomed by the children, especially on such an extremely hot week.

 

Year 3- Stop the Block Mad Science!

Date: 15th Jun 2023 @ 2:39pm

We had a special visit from a mad scientist, Inquisitive Indie, who came to speak to us about what we put down the toilet! We found out that by putting things we shouldn't down the toilet that we are clogging up the drains. Inquisitive Indie showed us how this happens through some exciting Science experiments, we even got to use dry ice! We found out that we should only flush the 3 P's (ask us what they are!) and we all got our own toilet roll to take home. 

Year 4 - Mad Science United Utilities assembly

Date: 13th Jun 2023 @ 8:01pm

This morning, we had 'Mad Science' in funded by United Utilities to talk to us about our drains. We learned about what is (toilet roll sheets and sugar) and what isn't (wet wipes, oil, fat) appropriate to flush down the toilet and down the sink.

 

Too add a bit more fun - we even got to feel some dry ice whilst we waited to the oil to freeze at -72 degrees.

Year 4 - Fit 2 Go Festival

Date: 22nd May 2023 @ 3:38pm

Today we went to Blackpool Football Club's stadium - Bloomfield Road - for the Fit2Go festival. We took part in several activities including dodgeball, dance, netball and circuit training. At the end we got the opportunity to go and have a look at the dressing room where the Blackpool players go before and after games.

Nursery Explore Outside

Date: 18th May 2023 @ 12:07pm

Our outdoor classroom provides lots of wonderful opportunities for our children to develop their own ideas and learning. This week they have been exploring the water area and making picnics and delicious cups of tea. They loved looking for strawberries on our strawberry plants and built an ice cream shop using bricks. These ideas all came from the children as they used the avalible resources in their own way. 

Year 3- Forest School Fun Part 2

Date: 18th May 2023 @ 11:48am

Week 2 of Froest School was a blast! We started by looking at the ponds and we noticed that they were drying up and that our tadpoles were in need of rescuing. Some of us dedicated our time to filling the pond back up and we loved to see the tadpoles swimming again. We also used tools to shave twigs and then used natural resources to dye them. Finally, we used shovels to get ready to plant our own courgettes. 

Year 3- Forest School fun returns!

Date: 18th May 2023 @ 10:51am

This week the children of Year 3 went back to our forest school. The children enjoyed the opportunity to get back to nature and observe how the area had changed through the session. We really loved looking at the tadpoles and even spotted a few frogs!

Year 5 - Zoo Visit

Date: 15th May 2023 @ 4:53pm

What an amazing day at Blackpool Zoo! The pupils all had a fantastic time, their behaviour was a credit to the school and their families, and they walked there and back again without a moan. We saw many of the wonderful animals, including: ring-tailed lemurs, monkeys, giraffes and a close-up with the red panda, and we also had talks from the zoo's education team about sea lions, elephants and penguins. Khari the lion has been returned to Blackpool zoo into his new enclosure, and has been out exploring for the first time this week. It was great to see him back again!

Year 4 Deforestation on Newsround

Date: 10th May 2023 @ 10:35am

Our Geography unit this half term is about the Amazon Rainforest and River. Today, during milk and snack, when we watched Newsround they reported on deforestation in the Amazon Rainforest and how it is now within the UK supply chain. It was great for the children to see something they are currrently learning on the news and it promoted some brilliant discussions.

Reception receive a letter from the Giant!

Date: 24th Apr 2023 @ 5:07pm

This afternoon, Reception received a very exciting letter from the Giant in the story Jack and the Beanstalk. Also enclosed, were a bag of beans to plant. The letter was asking the children if they would plant some beans to grow a beanstalk.

Of course, the children were delighted to do this and couldn't wait to get planting outside with Mrs McAllister.

"I'm going to grow mine so I can climb up it!" Kian.

"First we need soil in a pot" Dolly- Anne.

"We need to make a hole with our finger and put the bean in it then cover it over with the soil so the birds don't take it!" Dillan.

"Don't forget to water it and put it in the sun to grow" Albie. 

 

Gardening Club

Date: 4th Apr 2023 @ 12:07pm

Once again, Gardening Club has begun and children have been busy planting lots of seeds.

Spring has arrived and the school grounds are starting to come alive with the Spring flowers Gardening Club planted in Autumn, (daffodils, crocus and hyacynth) and the leaves and blossom are now growing on the trees.

As it is the growing season, Gardening Club have begun to grow brocolli, tomatoes, spinach and various herbs. Hopefully, as the seeds germinate, we should have a bumper crop to enjoy in a few months time- watch this space!

"The seeds need lots of water to help them grow" Connor.

"Hopefully, it should be sunny which will make the tomatoes grow big" Sharleigh.

 

Reception- Feeding the Birds!

Date: 28th Mar 2023 @ 12:16pm

Although it is now the Spring season, we must not forget to still feed the birds for a little while longer. 

The weather  can still be quite cool and there is not quite enough natural food for the birds at the moment , such as caterpillars, berries and flies. It s also nesting season so the birds need to be well fed to produce eggs!

Reception have, therefore, been busy making their own bird feeders for the outdoor areas.

"We used lard and bird seeds and nuts" Esmee.

"Mix it all together!" Clio.

"Put it in the cup and hang it in the trees" Neveah.

"The birds can eat them now they're in the trees" Devon.

Reception Willow Class Forest School

Date: 23rd Mar 2023 @ 8:21pm

This week Willow Class have been busy outside enjoying Forest School!

Although the weather was rainy and it was extremely muddy, the children had a fabulous time. The children spent some of the session talking about spring and spotting some of the sign of spring outside.  These included finding new plants growinf like daffodils, finds blossom on the tress and finding some birds nests in the trees.  The children were even lucky enough to find some frog spawn in the ponds.  We talked about how the frog spawn would change into tadpoles in the coming weeks.

"In spring blossom grows on trees" Lana-Rose

"Baby lambs are born in spring" Logan

"The days get longer and warmer" Alfie

"Leaf buds grown on trees" Noor-Fatima

"Daffodils grow outside" Albie

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