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Wildlife Selfie Competition

In September 2014 we held a wildlife Selfie competition which was really popular. Here are some of the entries:

Tree Planting in West Park

In September 2014 some members of the eco team were involved in planting trees at West Park with our local councillor from Erewash Borough Council. It was a cold windy day and we planted 4 trees. 

Green Day 2014

On the 25th June we celebrated our Green Day with the theme of British Wildlife and looking after 'our patch'. The children dressed up as British Wildlife creatures/animals and took part in lots of activities. There was also a visit from the British Wildlife fund who brought along some of their friends - see the pictures below!

Green Day 2015

Green day in 2015 was all about sending a message to our school community, that we care about the environment. So we made a massive picture as a community, using unwanted balls of wool donated by members of the school communities and fabric that may have ended up in landfill.

Over the course of May and June children from across the school and nursery came together and got involved in creating our yarn bomb.  Using reclaimed fabric donated by Harrington Junior School, the Nursery children created an amazing jungle background using handprints.
Picture 1
Children in reception used wool wrapping to create bugs, bees and beasties to decorate the the jungle scene.
Year 1 and 2 pupils created metres and metres  of vines using finger knitting and french knitting. Supported by pupils from Wilsthorpe school who spent two afternoons helping the younger children to create the vines.

Pupils and staff from Harrington contributed an arm knitted spiders web and some vines to the project. Parents grandparents and carers got their needles out and crocheted and knitted a menagerie of animals to fill the jungle. They also put it all together over 2 days in June.

Fifty pence piece

The fifty pence piece is a raised bed in the main playground of the school. This has previously been planted with bee and butterfly friendly seeds to encourage wildlife in the playground. During the summer term Mrs Nassau tidied up and  replanted it with shrubs and perennial plants to encourage butterflies and other insects. Also encouraging the children to identity local mini beasts.

Animal Sanctuary Visit

In January 2016, we were visited by the hedgehog and owl rescue sanctuary. They held an assembly for all of the children and explained what they do to help animals. They also told us about what they need to eat and what they need in their habitat. We even got chance to stroke the owls and the hedgehogs. It was a great assembly!

Big Schools' Birdwatch 2016

In January 2016, we took part in the Big Schools' Birdwatch 2016. A group of children from across the school spent an hour in the school grounds recording the different types of birds that visit us. We like to encourage as many birds as possible to visit our grounds by placing bird feeders in the wildlife garden.

 

Hedgehog Sanctuary Update
 
During Fair-trade fortnight we had a tuck shop selling fair-trade treats to raise money for ‘Our Back Yard’ the hedgehog sanctuary in Ilkeston. We raised £15. The money was spent on food for the Hedgehogs (they like dog food, mealworms and cat biscuits). 

 

                                       
 
‘Our Back Yard’ are always looking for gardens to release the hedgehogs back into the wild, and sometimes to live in if they are too poorly to survive in the wild. For injured hedgehogs, they look for gardens where foxes cannot get in, and the hedgehog can’t get out, with areas of ground cover (bushes and taller plants). You would be committing to looking after the hedgehog for the rest of its life.
 
They usually begin releasing the hedgehogs back to there wild in May.
 
If you would be interested in helping release hedgehogs back into the wild, or providing a safe garden for ones that are disabled and will not be able to survive in the wild give them a call on 01159305587. The rescue centre is run by volunteers, and receives no funding so they are also always looking for donations of 
 
  • old newspapers
  • dog food - pedigree chum original
  • old pet cages/carriers in good condition
  • financial donations to help with the running of the centre
 
If you would like more information about hedgehogs, have a look at the Eco notice board in the family room - there are some leaflets about hedgehogs, and how to build a hedgehog house for the winter months.