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Welcome to Eco Team 

Please speak to Mrs. Ehlen or Mrs. Buck if you'd like to join the team.

 

Every child in Key Stage 2 has the opportunity to become members of our Eco Team.

 

We meet every Tuesday in Nursery

3.15pm – 4.30pm.

Here are the members of the 2017-2018 Eco Team!

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It's National Wildflower Meadow Day! 07.07.18

The first Saturday in July is National Wildflower Day and ours is spectacular once again. The habitat it gives to hundreds of creatures is amazing and it looks stunning too! 

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What a shame! 25.06.18

We met with a member of the Canal and River Trust to clear up along the canal and we were in for a real shock at how much rubbish finds its way into our canal. The morning session saw us using the litter pickers to fill 10 bin bags of rubbish that we had collected from just the towpath. We then used the grapple hooks to fish out items that had been thrown into the canal. Just take a look at some of the things that we found in the canal...and when you're just walking along the towpath you can't see any of these items.

During the afternoon we had a go at the third step of looking after the canal towpath...clearing the overgrown weeds. Most of the towpath is hidden by encroaching weeds. The photos show how hard the Y5s and Y6s worked to help clear a part of their canal towpath. Well done, guys!

Bird watching from the Canal 12.06.18

Eco Team absolutely love the birds that visit the school grounds and this week they decided to see what they could spot from the new bird watching area of the barge. The team decided they would like to see the canal bank area developed to house a feeding station and nesting boxes. 

Sunday Greens

Cabbage from our own school gardens makes for a scrumptious Sunday lunch and, of course, it’s organic!

Blooming Marvellous!

It’s late spring again and the grounds are coming to life. The wildflower meadow is full of the gorgeous ox-eye daisy and the purple flowering sage is, once again, the favourite home of the bees. The glorious poppies get better every year and the willow den just keeps on growing. Take a look at the photos that we took on our walk around our wild area.

Mixing peanut butter with bird seed to fill the coconut halves for the birds.

Hanging the bird feeders

A Blazing Wildflower Meadow!

Eco Team have speeded the area where we had the campfire at the Christmas Fair. We are hoping the soil here is very fertile and that lots of beautiful wildflowers will grow.

Spring has Sprung

Eco Team are really happy with the beautiful spring flowers that they planted earlier this year. The blue muscari looks stunning against the yellow daffodils and when the vibrant red tulips appear the planters in the quad will be amazing. We’re pleased we left the veg growing in between the colourful flowers as they add lots of luscious green foliage to the beds. Look at the photos we think you'll agree.

The Big Schools’ Birdwatch

The Members of the Eco-Team carried out the 2018 survey after school today. It was bitterly cold standing in the bird hide for an hour so they thoroughly deserved the hot chocolate and biscuits. We counted 19 birds during the hour; our favourites were the long-tailed tits.

Welcome back to Eco Club

First meeting back after the Christmas holidays and the Eco Team needed to check and weed the winter vegetables that are growing in our quad. The vegetables are doing really well as it's sheltered from the weather and there doesn't seem to be as many slugs here!

We also planted bulbs in the hope of a pretty spring display. Keep your fingers crossed. The photos show you how bitterly cold it was after school but we persevered until all of the bulbs were in.

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Honey-glazed beetroot. Yum!

The beetroot that we harvested earlier this term was delicious. It was roasted and glazed with honey. We just need to plant another crop now.

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Harvest Time

Our first job of the year is to harvest the produce that has been growing over the summer months so that the allotments can be weeded and prepared for the planting of the winter vegetables.

From our photos you can see that the onions, lettuce, beetroot and courgettes have grown really well - we're really pleased!

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Eco Team 2016-2017

Have a look at Eco Team's history...

 

Pond Performance

We've been keeping a close eye on the creatures in the pond and have noticed that the tadpoles are beginning to change into frogs. This week in Eco-Club we built the frogs and newts a platform so that they can sit out of the water.

Frogs and newts belong to a group of animals called amphibians which means 'two-lives'. They begin their lives in the water as eggs and then tadpoles and efts (a young newt);  when they are fully developed they live on land. We thought we would build a platform so that the frogs and newts can get out of the water at this stage of their lives. 

Frogs and newts are cold-blooded which means that their bodies are the same temperature as the air or water around them.  When they are cold they will lie in the sun to warm up and when they get too warm they will go into the water to cool their bodies off. This is another good reason for us to build a platform in the pond. We hope they enjoy it!

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Hard Work Weeding

The fruit and vegetable plug plants from Rocket Schools are growing really well due to the excellent weather conditions we have had recently. We have to spend lots of our Eco-time weeding the beds so that the plants can grow healthily.

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Insect Heaven

The wildflower meadow is looking beautiful at the moment. It is attracting lots of different insects. We saw lots of damselflies hovering amongst the  grasses and flowers.

The poppies are adding lots of colour to the allotments. Some of them are like works-of-art.

 

Thursday 18th May

We celebrated Outdoor Classroom Day. The whole school spent the day outdoors doing many different activities. Thankfully, it was a gorgeous day.

Bug Manor

Welcome to the newly refurbished Bug Manor. Bookings now being taken! Well done, Eco Team. You really worked hard to get this done.


Thank you, Rocket Schools!

The Rocket Schools vegetable pack has arrived and we have had great fun planting all of the different varieties of vegetables. We can't wait to watch them grow.

Is it a frog or is it a toad?

We decided it was a toad because of its lumpy, bumpy skin! We used the Discover Wildlife  website to help us decide. Click on the photo to visit the site and see if we were right.

Meadow Mania!

As promised, here's another photo of the meadow as we enter May. Can't wait to see it at the end of July!

 

Level Four!!!!

We are really excited about our prize for the Level Four RHS School Gardening Award...It's a Constant Garden from Rocket Gardens. Have a look at what we will be receiving later in the term by clicking on the Rocket Garden's Logo. It will mean we will have lots more to grow and eat so we'll be asking Mrs. Anderson for her help again soon!

 

Forget-Me-Nots Forever

The Forget-Me-Nots are here! They are the most delicately, pretty blue flower that really does mean that Spring has sprung! Let's hope we don't get any more snow! 

Brilliant Blossom

After the lovely weather over the Easter break, the fruit trees have blossomed. It has really brought the school field to life. We should have apples, plums and pears this year.

Yes!!! We have Level Three

The RHS School Gardening scheme have awarded Millfield's Eco Team with its third certificate for their hard work growing edible produce. We received a fabulous box full of seeds that we will be planting to make our school environment even better than it already is. Thank you, RHS!

Teasing Teasel

Today we planted some young Teasel plants in our wildflower meadow as we know they are brilliant for attracting a whole team of different creatures. Ants, hoverflies, ladybirds, bumblebees and butterflies adore the thistle-like plants so they should make a great addition to our meadow. The teasel is a self-sowing plant so we're hoping that in a few years we will have a healthy number of them in our meadow. Click on the Gardeners' World logo to find out more about the teasel plant.

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Level Two is reached

Millfield's Eco Team would like to announce they have been awarded their second RHS School Gardening certificate. We are really pleased with our bird feeding station and it helped us to win the Level Two Award. As a prize we received a gardening handbook full of lovely ideas and projects that we can work on.

Cute Cowslips!

As the weather warms up our meadow begins to bloom. The cowslips and red campion are some of the first wildflowers to appear. Don't they look pretty?

 

Congratulations Eco Team!

We have been awarded our RHS School Gardening Level One. We're really proud. The work that we did on our Bug Hotel has not gone unnoticed as the RHS have sent us this certificate and a wall planner to remind us of all the important jobs that need doing in the garden all year round.

Here comes Spring

The daffodils have appeared in the meadow. We know it won't be long before the wildflower meadow blooms.

Thank you Mrs. Anderson!

Look at the delicious rhubarb crumbles that Mrs. Anderson has made with the school rhubarb. They look perfect...especially with the viola garnish.

This week's meeting was very busy...

This week's meeting was very busy... 1 The Bug Hotel is nearly finished
This week's meeting was very busy... 2 Cones, stones, sticks and bark...
This week's meeting was very busy... 3 Hope we get lots of visitors to the hotel
This week's meeting was very busy... 4 What can we put on the roof?

Eco Team plant their first batch of potatoes

Eco Team plant their first batch of potatoes 1 A couple of inches of compost
Eco Team plant their first batch of potatoes 2 Place the potatoes with the shoots facing upwards
Eco Team plant their first batch of potatoes 3 We're trying to get all of the potatoes in the bag
Eco Team plant their first batch of potatoes 4 What can we make when these grow?
Eco Team plant their first batch of potatoes 5 Cover them over with more compost
Eco Team plant their first batch of potatoes 6 As leaves appear we'll cover them with more compos

Eco Team have planted their potatoes so that we can take part in Grow Your Own Potatoes project. For more information about this project, by AHDB Potatoes, click on their logo.

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Pond Dipping

Eco Team have replaced the pond identification sheets so that any visitors to the pond know the name of all of the creatures. We have many different species in our pond including water snails, pond skaters and newts.

Rhubarb Crumble

It's only April and the rhubarb is growing really well. It's time to pick it and use it in a dish. "Mrs. Anderson!!"

Free Seeds

Greening Grey Britain is an RHS initiative inviting the nation to help tackle the growing trend of Britain paving over its gardens and green spaces and not growing any plants. By clicking on the RHS logo above you can find out how to join the initiative and apply for your free pack of seeds. Happy planting!

Eco Team members have been busy planting nasturtiums and sweet peas

 

Bug Hotel closed due to refurbishment.

Eco Team are planning to upgrade Millfield's Bug Hotel this term as they decided it wasn't a very desirable place for bugs to stay. Team members would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused to any bugs but would like to reassure them that the Bug Hotel will be open again shortly.surprise

Here are the plans for the new Bug Hotel due to be opened in early May. Eco Team members are taking bookings now!
Bug mansion. Credit: Sue Tatman

The Bug Hotel is coming along nicely! It won't bee long before the hotel starts 'buzzing'!  Hee hee!

Wow! Look at this...

You'll 'bee' pleased to hear that the Bug Hotel is 'flying' up and it now has six storeys. 'Worm' your way in by booking rooms on the 'web' site for an early Spring getaway. Don't go at 'snail's' pace or be 'sluggish' about booking as there may not 'bee' any vacancies.

Here's the second project. The pond has now been completely drained and we're ready for the switch. Watch this space!

Hooray! The pond has a new liner and is full again. All we need now is some frogspawn.

 

Breaking news:

Frogspawn is now in the pond and newts have also been spotted.

September jobs:

September jobs: 1 "Keeping the allotments weed-free is a hard job."
September jobs: 2 "We grow our own fruit and vegetables."
September jobs: 3 "We like to keep our school litter-free."


Here is our Eco Code:

  • We encourage lots of different animals by making as many habitats as possible
  • We try to save energy
  • We try to live healthy lives by walking to school and eating healthily
  • We save food miles by eating what we grow
  • We try to reduce what we use and recycle as much as possible
  • We always put litter in the bin
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