The Primary School Environmental Award was established to encourage the environmental awareness and action of primary-aged pupils through the exploration of an environmentally themed project that could be delivered by pupils. The primary school with the winning idea is awarded £2,000 to take their project from concept to reality, creating many ‘green’ minds in the process.
The future of our planet is at the forefront of this year’s Primary Environmental Award winner’s plans. Badger Hill Academy in Brotton is not only ensuring the school becomes more environmentally friendly but is working to encourage the wider community to become involved too.
The school is already participating in initiatives and have established an outdoor learning area, garden and eco-council. However, they want to ensure their efforts are environmentally impactful, consistent and maximise learning potential for the children.
Early stages of the proposed project will see the school plant native trees to help support the ecosystem, and also provide an area for the children to take part in forest activities – something they don’t currently have access too. Whilst helping to protect the environment by planting a diverse range of plants, flowers and trees, Badger Hill will also purchase equipment to ensure these areas are maintained by the whole school community.
Designated litter pickers will be nominated to keep the school grounds in tip top condition, whilst protecting wildlife and ensuring single use plastics are recycled through the introduction of recycling bins in every classroom and all outdoor areas. The school’s ecocouncil will also lead assemblies and classroom visits to ensure the children and wider community are aware of the school’s commitment and ways to get involved.
We look forward to seeing the results, Badger Hill Academy, and wish you much success with your project. You’re making change for good by demonstrating how we can all play a part in helping
to tackle environmental challenges through small, yet significant changes and important education.
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