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Meet the team

 

Our Outdoor Eco Squadders are a group of children across all year groups who are passionate about science and outdoor learning. They like nothing better than to be actively involved in caring for our many outdoor spaces and helping staff to develop an exciting curriculum using the outdoors that appeals to all age ranges. They have been key consultants on Midfield's development of outdoor learning provision are passionate about fund raising to support their creative project ideas.

 

The team has regular half-termly meeting lead by Mrs Spicer, Mrs Wedderburn and Mr Santillan.

British Science Association poster competition - Change theme

Eco Squad spearheaded our entry into this exciting competition. We choose winners from EYFS, KS1 and KS2 in our celebration assembly then sent on the best ones to the national competition.

Here are just some of the entries we had...

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A closer look at some of the posters we designed on the theme of Change - many focused on our environment

Our latest fund-raising focus

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https://primarysite-prod-sorted.s3.amazonaws.com/midfieldprimary/UploadedImage/af4a6f7db1ac465886297adef7392a5c_3x1.jpegEcoSquad Meeting

Wednesday 15th March 2017

Present: Summer, Tylar, Jake, Francesco, Ben, Rosie, Amasha, Harry, Mrs Wedderburn, Mr Le Conte and Mrs Spicer.

  1. Bird box cam and pond cam

We thought it would be a good idea because we could keep an eye on our wildlife without disturbing them.

We could watch in class.

We could take photos and record changes over time.                                      

We could allocate one tree and have lots of bird boxes on it.

 

How could we raise money to buy these?

School disco – Easter one

Tuck shop days

Mini marathon (3 votes)

Cake sale (2 votes)

Camp fire evening – not a sleepover! Guitars, dark bug and animal hunt, BBQ, marshmallows. £5 tickets? (7 votes – carried!)

 

  1. Litter picking and recycling

Last week, after the storm, there was a lot of litter in the playground. Mr Le Conte got a group of children to help out and pick up several bags of litter.

We’d like to do a regular litter picking sweep e.g. one lunchtime a week.

We could photograph what we find and weigh out our litter each week.

We have 5-6 litter grabbers/gloves.

Dojo points to be given to all who take part.

Could make a poster out of the litter about litter using the prettiest pieces.

Recycling bins indoors and outdoors. Need to check local recycling rules.

Children would need to commit to one lunchtime every other week. Mr Le Conte will staff this.

 

  1. Poster on the theme of Change for British Science Association competition for British Science Week.

We started some posters in the meeting and we will take them back to class and encourage our classmates to take part.

Any posters that come to Mrs Spicer by the end of the week will be judged and a prize given on Friday’s assembly. KS1 and KS2 prize.

The best posters will be sent to the British Science Association for their national competition.

 

  1. Tree cutting

Mr Le Conte informed us that dead wood is being cut back in the top site and this will be used for eco projects around the school. This is a good thing because it helps to manage the site and keep our plants and trees healthy.

 

 

Eco Squadders roles and responsibilities:

  • Be last in the line so that they can turn off the IWB, projectors, lights, etc.
  • Make sure that windows are closed if air conditioning units are on.
  • Presentation in assembly to be booked in.
  • Turn taps off properly.

https://primarysite-prod-sorted.s3.amazonaws.com/midfieldprimary/UploadedImage/af4a6f7db1ac465886297adef7392a5c_3x1.jpegWednesday 15th March 2017 - Agenda

  1. Bird box and pond cam fund raising ideas.
  2. Litter picking rota – recycle bins in playground.
  3. Change posters for British Science Association competition.
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Upcycle Scarecrow competition

 

The whole school has worked together to create a scarecrow art installation made from upcylced materials. We have entered it into a national competition and await the judges decision. Check out a video of Sally Scarecrow and friends below.

 

This is the email we received to confirm our entry:

 

Thanks for your school’s upcycling competition entry!

 

The judging will take place at the end of March and we'll be contacting prize winners by phone and/or email on 27 March. 

 

Don't forget to take a look at the other upcycling resources on the Pod and we’ve also just launched a new digital game in our Student Zone, called Zingy's Recycling Adventure. It’s a fun, fast-paced game that teaches students about recycling, while supporting the curriculum for literacy and numeracy.

 

All the best,

Victoria Furness

Email: jointhepod@creampublishing.com

Web: www.jointhepod.org

Inspiration for our Edible Eco Garden from RHS Hampton Court Flower Show

 

 

Monday 18th April 2016 - Agenda

1. Edible Eco Garden update

A walkthrough of what we have and what the plans are.
 

2. Chislehurst Society Architecture competition
 

3. Sweetpea planter competition

What can we do about the pesky squirrels?!

These are the received designs from the pupils on what they would like the Eco-garden to look like. Some of their ideas will be used for the final design. Thank you to all the participants.

Some pupils have done some brilliant designs for our Eco Garden you will find a selection here:

Eco-Schools is an international award programme that guides schools on their sustainable journey, providing a simple framework to help make sustainability an integral part of school life. Eco-Schools can help enhance the curriculum and get the whole school united behind something important.

Our mission is to help make Midfield sustainable and to bring about behaviour change in young people and those connected to them so that good habits learned in schools are followed through into homes and communities.

What’s more, by addressing environmental issues and reducing waste, we will save money!


Pupils are the driving force behind Eco-Schools – they form and lead The Eco Squad and help to carry out an audit to assess the environmental performance of the school.

 

Undertaking the Eco-Schools programme is a long term journey and it can take time for schools to embed environmentally friendly attitudes.  At Midfield we are determined to educate pupils, staff and families!

On Tuesday the 2nd of June, the Eco Squad invited the president of the Scadbury Friends Association Tony Allen. We learned about the flora and fauna in this 300 acre green country side area and talked about the ways in which the eco-squad and the Friends of Scadbury Park can collaborate to keep this area in its best condition. One of the first ideas was for the children to develop posters to raise awareness on the need to keep it clean. Here is our first poster by Charlie Morgan in year 5 Woodpeckers Class.

On Tuesday the 2nd of June, the Eco Squad invited the president of the Scadbury Friends Association Tony Allen. We learned about the flora and fauna in this 300 acre green country side area and talked about the ways in which the eco-squad and the Friends of Scadbury Park can collaborate to keep this area in its best condition. One of the first ideas was for the children to develop posters to raise awareness on the need to keep it clean. Here is our first poster by Charlie Morgan in year 5 Woodpeckers Class. 1
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Finalists for ECO Squad Logo

Finalists for ECO Squad Logo 1 Aryan - Badgers Winner!!
Finalists for ECO Squad Logo 2 Keira - Grasshoppers
Finalists for ECO Squad Logo 3 Natasha Y2 Foxes
Finalists for ECO Squad Logo 4 Sophie Y2 Foxes
Finalists for ECO Squad Logo 5 Vienna Y2 Foxes

Midfield Primary School seeks to Reuse, Reduce, Re-purpose and Recycle our waste!

Midfield Primary School seeks to Reuse, Reduce, Re-purpose and Recycle our waste! 1

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