Year 5s enjoying their green curriculum

Anna visited Henry Cavendish Primary School in Balham to talk to the children about her book, 101 Ways to Live Cleaner and Greener for Free.

They started the day with an assembly for Year 2 through to Year 6 where they did a landfill bin audit and then talked about waste and how to reduce it.

After the assembly Anna spent an hour with each Year 5 class, playing games based on the book and talking through the children’s own ideas about the simple everyday things they can do to live cleaner and greener for free.

The children had been working with the book across various areas of the curriculum and it was lovely to see the results displayed on the wall.

The children told Anna about the wormery, where their fruit peel gets eaten and turned into compost.  They explained about their eco-warriors, who go round each classroom and check that lights, screens and computers have been correctly turned off, and that the correct recycling bins have been used.  Each class is monitored to ensure they are putting into practice all the green measures they can and progress is reported and celebrated to keep everyone on their toes.

We heard about the plans for drama sessions, science sessions and the children had even asked to be able to work with some of the maths.

101 Ways to Live Cleaner and Greener for Free gives an insight into the science and maths of going green.  Although aimed principally at Key Stage 3, and therefore challenging for primary level, it just shows that where there’s a will there’s a way and when children are keen to do something, they will rise to the challenge.

Here’s a taster of some of the posters they produced:

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Rachelle Strauss

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