The foods we eat, the air we breathe, the water we drink and the climate that makes it possible for humans to live on our planet all come from nature. Yet, these are exceptional times in which nature is sending us a message: To care for ourselves we must care for nature.
This year’s theme is biodiversity.
There are over 8 million species of plants, animals, bacteria and fungi on Earth!
Ecosystems include oceans, forests, mountains,
coral reefs. Humans need healthy ecosystems to live. Healthy ecosystems gives
us food, water, clean air, materials and medicines. Watch the videos below to
find out more about biodiversity.
Explore biodiversity: Go on a tree biodiversity walk near your home. How many different species of trees can you spot? This A-Z of British trees can help you identify them. You could also do this with flowers, other plants and animals too. How many different species can you find in total? You could photograph each one or even sketch them all. You could use this online plant guide to identify some of the plants you find.
Take a photo of a tree and send it to Cities4Forestsbefore 15th June and they will plant a tree for you in Indonesia! Find out how trees secretly talk to each other here!
How many different species of birds can you hear from the different noises they make? How many different smells from different species can you find?
Encourage biodiversity: Plant local or native plants to increase biodiversity around your home. This will also help protect bees which have a very important job in protecting our biodiversity.
Check out more wild challenges here. You could build a bird box or bath, a hedgehog café or a minibeast hotel!
Email us pictures of any work you do to explore and encourage biodiversity as part of your home learning and we will share it on the blog.
Today is Earth Day. Earth Day is a global event which takes place every year on 22nd April. This year will be the 50th anniversary of the first Earth Day. On this day, people across the world get together to raise awareness of climate change, plastic pollution, air pollution and other important climate issues that our Earth is facing.
The theme for Earth Day this year is Climate Action. Although we are battling a new and dangerous virus around the world, climate change is still one of the biggest challenges our planet faces. However, as Greta Thunberg believes, humans are awesome and we already have all the answers of what we can do to help the planet…we just need to take action!
Join people all over the world today who are making an Earth Day sign for their window at home. This will make other people who pass by your window think more about the climate. Many people will be displaying green hearts but you could think of your own creative ideas. Here are some ideas of what you could write on your sign.
Make a pledge or a commitment of what action you are going to take at home to reduce climate change. You could agree one as a family, one each, or plan a different climate action for each day of the week! Here are some ideas of what you can do. This is also a fantastic website with ideas where you can also learn lots about the climate.
On Friday 22nd November the Key Stage Two Eco-Ambassadors took part in the annual “Takeover Day” at Rich Mix.
It’s a day on which they are given meaningful roles, working alongside staff and volunteers to participate in the life of the arts organisation. The day involves pupils ‘taking over’ Rich Mix during the Into Film festival screening on 22 November, ripping tickets, ushering and serving popcorn. They’ll be finding out what happens in the mysterious projection booth, behind the screens at a cinema and write their own creative responses to the film. While they’re here, we’ll also ask them what they think about Rich Mix from a ‘kids-eye’ view, whilst taking a behind-the-scenes tour. The day provides opportunities for developing student leadership skills and industry knowledge.
After taking classes in marketing, advertising and making Rich Mix an eco-friendly environment, the “staff” finished their day at work and headed back to school!
The Eco-Ambassadors learned a lot from their day at Rich Mix and will use this knowledge to take part in this year’s film festival which will focus on green issues in Tower Hamlets.
The Eco Ambassadors have been working extremely hard over the past two weeks to ensure that every class conserves energy by switching off the lights and interactive whiteboard at play times and lunch times.
Every day over the past two weeks the Eco Ambassadors monitored their classrooms and filled in the following table:
A big well done to our winning classes – Magritte and Van Gogh!
Over the last two weeks, we have been making a concerted effort to reduce the amount of energy we are wasting.
We started Switch Off Fortnight with an assembly presented by our Eco-Committee, who told us about our campaign to make sure we are switching off lights and other electronic devices when we leave our classrooms.
Every break time and lunch time, our Eco-Committee dedicated their time to monitoring how many lights and interactive whiteboards had been switched off when not in use.
Well done to every class for making a HUGE effort to reduce the amount of energy we are wasting!
A very special well done to Cuba class who had the most improved score between week one and week two!
Chile class and Cambodia class had the most devices switched off in Week 1 and Week 2 respectively!
Let’s make sure we make switching off devices that are not being used a regular habit both at school and at home.
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