The Perse School

Pelican pupils focus on green issues during Eco Fortnight

29 Oct 2018

Pelican pupils became involved in learning how to help the environment during the school’s Eco Fortnight.

Eco Fortnight marked the start of Pelican’s involvement with renowned conservationist Jane Goodall’s Roots and Shoots education programme, which encourages children to implement practical and positive change for people, animals and the environment.

Pupils throughout the school took part in a range of activities and trips inspired by green issues in the run-up to half term.

Nursery youngsters planted cress seeds, learned about harvest and made bird cake, while Reception classes visited local allotments and bought strawberries and raspberries to grow in their own gardens.

Year 1 children visited Shepreth Wildlife Park and Cambridge University Botanic Garden to discover more about species of animals and plants as well as focusing on rainforests as a topic.

Pupils in Year 2 took a look around the Amey Cespa waste management depot at Waterbeach to find out what happens to our household rubbish and how materials such as bottles and cans are recycled. They also enjoyed a talk from former Perse governor Dr Gin Warren about her passion for beekeeping.

Meanwhile, Izzy Elliott (Year 10) gave a presentation to all Pelican children about the work of the Reteti Elephant Sanctuary in Kenya in taking in orphaned and abandoned elephant calves with the aim of releasing them back into the wild.

As part of the Roots and Shoots scheme, classes throughout the school will also be adopting animals to become involved with throughout the year.

Pelican Head Sarah Waddington said: “Valuing one another and our environment is one of the core Perse values. As such, we wanted to highlight to Pelican pupils the importance of looking after the world around us and the wildlife within it, hence why the school has become involved with the amazing Roots and Shoots programme.

“The children enjoyed taking part in a wide range of activities during Eco Fortnight. They will continue to learn more about the environment and what they can do to help ensure a sustainable future for the planet.”

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