At Trafalgar Community Infant School, we have an ECO team which consists of two members from each Key Stage One class. The School Council meets on a half termly basis to discuss ways to improve our ECO effectiveness at Trafalgar. Depending on a particular project, they may meet more regularly for a specific time; e.g. Switch Off Fortnight and ‘Waste Week.’
ECO monitors each have their own badge and are responsible for organising their class in composting fruit, encouraging them to turn off lights and Interactive Whiteboards, making sure that taps are turned off and recycling paper. ECO monitors are also encouraged to deliver messages about ‘Switch off Fortnight’, ‘Waste week’ and ‘Walk to school week’ to their classes and/or during whole school assemblies. Eco themes are part of regular planning in all year groups as children are taught about sustainability and how to look after our planet.
ECO monitors have been very excited over the last two years where they have been developing the pond area in school to encourage wild life to visit and classes to participate in pond dipping.
Previous years, they were involved in planting Rocket seeds which had been into space with Tim Peake. Red packet and blue packet seeds were planted in the same conditions and the ECO monitors counted how many seeds germinated, counted leaves, measured and charted their progress. It was very exciting to find out that the Blue seeds had been into space! Watch Tim Peake announce this himself with the toss of a coin.
There is an ECO noticeboard near Emerald and Jade class which displays posters to highlight the current ECO priorities e.g. Reduce, Re-use, Recycle.
For more information on Eco, please go to the West Sussex Wastebuster programme
Children's newsletter: http://www.wastebuster.co.uk/kids-bin/green-team-news
Children's area: http://www.wastebuster.co.uk/kids-bin