Robin Eagle, MSc student and PECT intern recounts his day spent at the recent Orton Wistow Primary School ‘Eco Day’.
On Wednesday 11 March 2015, Orton Wistow held a superb whole school ‘Eco Day’ and I was lucky enough to be a part of it. Focusing on the themes 'Energy', 'Waste' and 'Healthy Living' numerous activities were run to engage with every year group in the school.
Working with Jill Foster, PECT’s Environmental Education Coordinator, we ran a series of workshops for Year 2 children centred on renewable energies. The children were able to play and learn with solar cars, basic solar-powered circuits and witness the workings of a small wind turbine. PECT’s Matt Robinson, the Woodland Management and Volunteer Manager, led small groups demonstrating and teaching year 6 pupils’ woodcraft skills and techniques.
Amongst these PECT-led activities were a whole host of other organisations covering everything from cookery to scarecrow-building. There was a fantastic, positive buzz in the air the whole day, as children whizzed around with smiles from ear-to-ear!
I was pleasantly surprised by not only how interested and engaged the children were, but also how much prior knowledge and understanding they had around broad concepts of environmental stewardship and sustainability. The science is now irrefutable and the consequences of climate change are being felt globally.
It was heartening to witness, at such a young age, the future generation being so well educated and embracing the importance of protecting the planet. What the children learnt that day will stay with them for many years to come.
The ‘Eco Day’ was a great example of how a relatively small amount of time and effort from external organisations and individuals can have a large and profound impact, re-invigorating the school environment.