Eco-squad minutes 5th July

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Eco-squad have ‘bin’ busy

It was a very productive Thursday lunchtime this week for Eco-squad. Since the re-labelling of the bins with help from Mrs Crutchington, there has been an improvement in recycling rates. With plastic waste being particularly emphasised in the news at the moment, Chrishall staff and children are encouraged to do their bit and look after the environment.

The children finished filling the raised beds with top soil so that each class can grow their own crops. The beans have been planted outside Class Nightingale and there will be more crops to follow soon. Who could resist a ride in a wheelbarrow? Such fun!

 

Our flags in Antarctica

Today we received an email from Sammie Buzzard about the photos of Eco-squad’s flags in Antarctica. David Small was our flag bearer and he is based at Durham University. He has been working on understanding how ice sheets have responded to past climate change with the aim of providing information that can help us better understand the future of the present day ice sheets in Antarctica and Greenland. We have also been sent a certificate – see the link below the photos:

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Chrishall Certificate

 

Litter picking with a twist

During science week Class Newton took part in the Citizen Science project about The Plastic Tide from the British Science Association. (We started to engage in British Science Association projects during science week last year and will continue our efforts as they are great activities to be involved in.) They had to log onto a website which contained photos taken from drones along the British coastline and look for plastic waste. If they found some they had to tag it and try to identify it. All of the children were keen to help with the nationwide project as they already understood the dangers for eco-systems and wildlife of plastics in our oceans. Many of them had been watching Blue Planet. More info on the project can be found here:

https://www.britishscienceassociation.org/news/ocean-clean-up-project-to-be-part-of-british-science-week

 

Learning about the water cycle

Class Lowry have been learning about the water cycle in Science. They have each made their own mini water cycle which has been displayed. They have learnt about the processes evaporation, condensation and precipitation. This week they have extended their learning and learnt about reversible and irreversible changes, and the process of transpiration. It is important to understand about conserving water, and also great to see that the leaky tap in Lowry has been replaced with a new one!