Welcome to our Eco-Schools webpage.
Eco-Schools 2022 to 2023
In Summer 2022, The Dingle Primary School achieved the Keep Britain Tidy, Eco-Schools Green Flag Award. We now recycle the soft plastic from the school fruit, pens and some paper which the Eco-Warriors collect each week. The Eco Warriors also regularly feed the birds and we have two bug hotels and three compost bins on the school grounds.
Pupils from each class (Year 1 to 6) have been democratically elected as new Eco-Warriors. Several previously elected members have also continued to work with the committee to ensure continuity, as we continue to work towards implementing our actions.
Year 1: Chloe and Flora
Year 2: Isla and Pippa
Year 3: Emelia, Holly, Francesca, Evie and Kruz
Year 4: Harry, Finley and Liam
Year 5: Amelia, Evie, Maxwell and Liam
Year 6: Poppy, Dylan, Isaac, Poppy, Hâf and Tallulah
Meet our new Eco-Warriors. This year we have decided to complete the RSPB Schools’ Wild Challenge.
Year 1 have been exploring and enjoying the habitats in our school grounds.
The Eco-Warriors have completed their first RSPB Wild Challenge - Wild Writing. They composed a shared poem, each writing a couple of lines about what they could see, hear, smell and feel in The Dell.
Amelia and Harry have been collecting the worn out pens every week for recycling.
The Eco-Warriors have completed their second RSPB Wild Challenge - Food and Water for Wildlife. Several members created new bird feeders at home from recycled materials.
The Eco-Warriors have been feeding the birds regularly.
The Eco-Warriors had a great visit from Ansa which delivers the waste and recycling services for Cheshire East. We are excited to get involved with their projects and have elected Maxwell and Amelia to be this years Junior Recycling Officers in addition to their work with the Eco Warriors. They have lots of upcycling project ideas.
The Eco-Warriors enjoyed participating in the RSPB Big Garden Bird Watch.
We are holding our annual energy saving competition.
The Eco-Warriors had a wonderful visit from IBStock. It was fascinating to learn how habitats for birds, bats and bees can be integrated into new homes.
The Eco-Warriors have been busy making recycled button bracelets, as part of Amelia and Maxwell's upcycling project.
Amelia and Maxwell have an interesting and fun assembly all about upcycling and different projects doing this in our local area.
The Eco-Warriors have been busy litter picking and clearing sticks from the school grounds.
We have had an superb visit from 'Dennis the Dustcart'. We learnt lots about waste and loved the activities. Thank you to all the team at ANSA.
The Eco-Warriors have been continuing to complete the RSPB wild challenge activities: exploring the habitats around our school; looking at natures colour pallet; bulding a home for hedgehogs and homes for amphibians in The Dell; planting wildflower seeds; making some new log piles for insects; and updating our bug hotels, so they continue to serve as great resorts for nature.
Eco-Schools 2021 to 2022
The children at The Dingle care about the planet and previously lots of pupils have been involved in several green initiatives including picking up litter and the recycling crisp packet scheme run by Amelie and Eliza. Last year, we started our journey towards becoming a Green Flag Award Eco-School. We achieved the Bronze and Silver Awards. This year we are continuing to work towards this goal and will be applying in Summer 2022.
Two pupils from each class (Year 1 to 6) have been democractically elected as new eco-committee members. Several previously elected members have also continued to work with the committee to ensure continuity, as we continue to work towards implementing our actions. EYFS will be invited to contribute in their own mini-committee.
Year 1: Skye, Hattie, Evelyn and Annie
Year 2: Amelie, Finley, Kruz and Emily
Year 3: James, Noah, Harry and Sam
Year 4: Heidi, Ruby and Emma
Year 5: Oscar, Amber, Edward and Hâf
Year 6: Sophie, Matilda, Amelie, Lily and Estella
Meet our new eco-committee. They have named themselves Eco-Warriors and have found badges made from recycled metal. They have been busy updating our school's Environmental Review and have lots of ideas to help make our school greener.
Matilda and Sophie have been busy writing our Action Plan for this year based on everyones ideas. Well done for all the great contributions! Please read it below.
The Eco-warriors have been busy collecting paper, pens and fruit plastic for recycling. Hâf and Amber have designed new clearer boxe labels, so they everyone will know where to put recyclable items.
The Eco-warriors have been making bird feeders out of old halloween pumpkins and collected pine cones. Why not have a go at making your own bird food recipe?
The Eco Warriors have made several eco information posters to put up around school.
We had lunch with Mr Cox to talk about our ideas and how everyone can be greener.
We did a zoom assembly to the school, explaining our goals for this school year.
The Eco warriors now have several ongoing projects:
- Amber and Ruby are continuing to collect and check old pens for recycling.
- Sophie is collecting the soft plastic from the fruit for recycling.
- Lily and Estella are collecting doubled sides paper for recycling.
We have been busy planting hycaniths in the raised beds and have collected and placed lots of indoor plants around school to enhance our environment.
Every class has been given a hyacinth to grow. We will check in summer to see which class has added the most flowers and leaves to their plants.
The Eco Warriors took part in the RSPB Big Garden Bird Watch.
Thank you to everyone who returned their energy bookmarks. We hope you use these ideas to help you save energy.
The Eco warriors have created an Eco Code for our school. They wrote the Eco Code themselves and made it into a rap. Click the link below to watch The Eco Code.
In March the Eco warriors spoke about Earth Hour in assembly and invited everyone to join in. Thank you to everyone who participtated.
On Friday 22nd April, the whole school celebrated World Earth Day! We were super impressed with everyone's hat designs and congratulations to the winners.
Year 1 have been busy filling the compost bins.
Year 1 and Early Years have been participtating in litter picks around school.
Year 6 have been busy making Summer bird feeders for the Dell.
Year 1 have made natural magic wands and have been thinking of their wishes for the future of planet Earth.
The Bug Hotels have been renovated, hopefully more mini-beasts will move in.
Please join us, in signing the glitter pledge to not use non-biogradable glitter. Glitter is a microplastic which harms sea life in our oceans.
The planet competition results are in! Congratulations Mr Spens' class. Your plant has the most leaves and flowers. Super growing skills.
The Dingle Primary School has achieved its Green Flag Award.
Eco-Schools 2020 to 2021
In November 2020, we created an eco-committee aimed at furthering our pupils’ knowledge and the school's goals in supporting positive environmental actions.
Pupils from Year 2 to Year 6 were invited to complete an application for the eco-committee. Once the pupils were selected, they met in weekly socially distanced meetings.
They have named themselves the ‘Eco-Legends’. Meet the team:
- Eco-Legend co-chairs: Matilda and Isla
- Eco-Legend secretary: Julia
- Year 2 representatives: Harry and Phoenix
- Year 3/4 representatives: Jemima, Edward and Jemima
- Year 5 representatives: Amelie and Harry
- Year 6 representatives: Harrison and Megan
- Staff lead: Miss Henry
- Parent representative: Mrs Atkinson
- Supporting students: Henry and Eliza
We have carried out an environmental survey of the school. We scored 31/60. There are lots of things our school is good at and other areas we can improve upon.
We have chosen three areas to focus on this year. This is our Action Plan:
- Thank you to the Don Hanson Charitable Trust for Hanson Box.
Pupils have enjoyed reading the books and participating in the competitions.
- Well done, Jemima. What a brilliant bug hotel!
- Congratulations to Harry Atkinson for coming 2nd in the Hanson Box Drawing Competition.
- We have been painting a shed to improve our school grounds.
- We have created an eco-display and given presentations to our classes, telling them about how they can help the environment.
Have a look at it to see what we have been doing. If you have any ideas add them to our suggestion box.
- Year 2, 5 and 6 have been busy planting potatoes as part of the Grow Your Own Potatoes competition.
- The energy saving competition has started. Well done Early Years for winning the first week.
- Paper and pen recycling boxes have been made and introduced.
Did you know that 4 boxes of recycled paper = one 45ft tree?
- We have achieved our Eco-Schools Bronze award. We will now be working towards Silver. Eco-Schools is an environmental education program managed in England by the environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy. There are ten eco-topics: Biodiversity, Energy, Global Citizenship, Healthy Living, Litter, Marine, School Grounds, Transport, Waste and Water. To find out more visit their website: Home - Eco Schools (eco-schools.org.uk)
- We have been tidying our school grounds. We have collected sticks from our school field and added them to our wildlife area.
- We have been litter picking.
- World Earth Day Events – Thursday 22nd April
- Across the school, pupils have been learning about the current environmental challenges the globe faces and potential solutions. The children have enjoyed visiting the Earth Day Art Gallery and taking part in different class-based activities including: collaborative art, re-using old t-shirts, poster making, letter writing and experiments.
Welcome to our World Earth Recycled Art Gallery.
The theme of today is Restore Our Earth.
Right now, there is an urgent need to change human behavior, so that we can slow or stop climate change. It is time to act!
The UK has lost 13 species of bee since 1900 and across Europe around 1 in 10 wild bee species face extinction. This is due to land use changes, habitat loss and pesticide use. Without bees, we are in trouble. They are our pollinators.
These flowers will NOT be here next year if there are no pollinators.
The Solution: Stop habitat loss!
Help by planting bee friendly plants in your gardens and in un-used spaces to create more habitat and avoid using pesticides.
The Problem: Many UK bird species numbers are in decline.
The Solution: We need to support all wildlife and stop the global reduction in biodiversity.
Help by giving nature a home, put out bird feeders to support our wildlife where food for birds is scarce. Make spaces for nature such as minibeast hotels, as this supports the whole food web.
The Problem: Burning fossil fuels releases carbon dioxide, which warms our planet. This is making our climate warmer and causing rising sea levels.
The Solution: We need to use renewable energy sources: solar power; wind turbines; wave energy.
Help by walking to school, turning of lights and saving energy.
The Problem: Approximately 35 percent of the global marine habitats are estimated to have been destroyed. Our sea life is damaged by both rising temperatures and pollution.
We need to stop plastic littering.
We need to stop overfishing and fish in an environmentally friendly way.
The Problem: Globally people produce too much waste.
We need to reduce, re-use, recycle. We need to think of creative solutions.
Help by recycling. Last term our school recycled 1.1kg of pens and ¼ of a tree’s worth of double-sided paper.
Help by using less plastic. For example: cloth bags, re-usable lunch boxes and water bottles.
Our planet is amazing. It is one of a kind.
If human ingenuity can get us into space, then by working together we can RESTORE OUR EARTH!
- Each week we have been monitoring lights and projectors in all the classes. Well done everyone for improving energy efficiency in the school. Eco-Committee will be back next academic to check on progress. Congratulations Miss Hancock's class for being the most energy efficient.
- We have developed our own compost area, with three compost bins which will make soil for future school gardening projects. Thank you to Matilda, for her excellent wood working skills, making a sign for our compost area. We have been busy collecting items to start to fill our compost bins.
- We made our own recycled material eco badges using a design drawn by Eliza, recycled plastic and badge pins.
- We have taken part in the Great British Water Survey.
- Year 5, taste tested different types of water and sent off their results.
- Eco-Committee have been testing the pH levels of our school's tap water and the local rain water. Tap water pH was consistent accross the school.
- We have applied for and recieved the Eco-Schools Silver Award. Well done everyone for all your hard work.