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Reception Learn About The Environment and Sustainability

29th April 2013

This term, in celebration of World Earth Day on Wednesday 5th June, the Reception children will be working on our Spring term theme of The Environment and Sustainability. As part of this topic we will be taking a field trip to Western Riverside Recycling Centre in Wandsworth to find out more about the recycling process and the impact that we all can have on the environment. The call has been put out to our parents as part of their involvement in their child’s learning to help us develop our outside area to include, compost bins, plants, flowers and more spaces for the children to not only use and enjoy, but also to enhance and support their learning in a real, meaningful and purposeful way. We are excited to have our own ‘Green Champion’ in one of our mum’s, Margot Walker, who has agreed to help lead the school towards our goal of achieving the Eco-Schools’ prestigious Green Flag award. Miss Polly, our EYFS Coordinator, expresses her belief about the relevance of this topic for our Reception children: “Teaching children to care about the world and understand the impact that we, as humans, can have on it is an important part of fostering social responsibility. As one of our schools aims is to help to prepare pupils for their role as global citizens and to equip them with the skills necessary to achieve this, our unit on Sustainability is a fantastic way of helping pupils achieve this aim in a tangible and age appropriate way.” To launch this topic, children worked at the graphics and expressive arts table to create their own interpretations of planet earth. During our weekly Forest School Session, the children then received a letter from the ‘Woodland Folk’ who told them that due to rubbish they had to move across the pond to the island and ask if the children could build them some boats out of recycled materials to help them on their journey.