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Eco-conscious Juniors take action

As part of Waste Week 2020 in the Spring term, children across the Junior School took part in activities to learn how society can try to contain and process waste.

Pre-Reception looked at Julia Donaldson’s story of ‘The Snail And The Whale’, talking about oceans and plastic waste and the effect on sea creatures.

When talking about waste and recycling, Alice J said: “It’s bad for the environment and it can hurt all the animals in the whole wide world. It’s just bad and makes the animals die, and our animals are helpful.” Rehman D added: “When I looked out of the window, I saw something really bad, there was rubbish in the water. I want to help by getting all of the rubbish out of the sea and bring it to my house to recycle.”

Reception children enjoyed learning about recycling and its importance to our planet using Sarah Roberts’ book ‘Somebody Swallowed Stanley’. The children had fun creating their own posters with slogans such as: ‘When you use rubbish put it in the bin’, ‘Bin it’ and ‘Use it again ’. The boys and girls were also excited to use the materials they had brought from home to make their own ‘robottles’.

In Year One, pupils went on a walk around the school, looking out for bins and discussing litter and plastics in the environment.

In Year Two, the boys and girls learnt about the impact of plastic tooth brushes on the environment and created posters to promote brushing with bamboo. They also learnt how to make toothpaste in a glass jar using coconut oil, bicarbonate of soda and peppermint essence. George M said: “I already had a bamboo brush because my mum is very eco-friendly.”

Year Three classes looked at the life cycle of a plastic bottle and how things, such as littering and contaminating recycling, can interrupt the cycle, causing plastic to enter the environment and end up in our rivers and oceans. Tom S said: “We should be trying really hard to protect the environment from plastic pollution; animals such as fish should have the same respect as humans.”

Pupils in Year Four researched shocking statistics about plastic waste and continued their work on saving water by writing pledges. Freddie L promised to turn off the tap whilst brushing his teeth and Hamish S promised to shower for less time.

As part of their ongoing work on energy, children in Year Five were given the question: ‘How do children and teachers travel to work and how could we encourage more sustainable forms of transport?’.

Finally, in Year Six, children collected all the single use plastic they used in a day at home to create a display, highlighting the issue of plastic pollution in the oceans.

To find out more about how Stockport Grammar School is committed to minimising our environmental impact and offering our pupils, their parents and everyone who visits the school a safe and healthy space, visit the Eco-Schools section of our website.