Ravensworth Terrace County Primary – Eco Day

Schools Go Smarter has been working with Ravensworth Terrace County Primary School in Gateshead to help the school deliver a special ECO Day.

As the entire school population is moving from their old school into purpose-built, new build premises for the start of September 201, it was time to say goodbye to the old and hello to the new through a whole school engagement.

The ECO Day was to be a celebration of the local environment around the old and new schools.

Despite an unexpected power cut at the school on the day of the event, the celebratory Eco Day still went ahead!

Activities included:

  • Bird watching and creating bug hotels

  • Collecting fallen leaves and flowers to make giant posters to display in the reception area of the new school.

  • A Caterpillar and butterfly hunt

  • A special seed planting ceremony which took seeds from the old school and replanted them in the new school. A celebration of the end of one time and the exciting start of another.

  • A mapping exercise of the two school areas, to show how and where families live and the routes they travel to school. The maps will be displayed in the new school.

  • A series of walks to and from the new school to introduce new safe crossing points and to familiarise the children with their new routes to school.

The children also carried out a survey of the Birtley area to discuss ways to improve the local environment. There were some great ideas which included: improved lighting in the local park, extending the ‘green man’ crossing time across a local busy street, and the cutting back of stinging and prickly vegetation that is encroaching on a shared cycle path.

The ECO Day was a great success and the children now have a better understanding of their local environment and know the safest and best routes to travel to school.