Eco Council

 
 
Welcome to Eco Council!
 
 
2017 - 2018
 
 
Summer 2
 
 
Several children from last year's Eco club travelled across to Hill Top farm near Leamington Spa, to collect their Bronze Food For Life award.  They were presented with their certificate and got a special mention for being the only school in the country to have all their staff trained by the FFL team in cooking skills.  The children picked out some of their most memorable moments to share with other school: the pigeons eating all the cabbages and handing out the tomatoes, lettuce and other salad crops to children across the school at break times.  They were treated to lunch and had the opportunity to take part in activities such as making bird feeders and wellington boot planters for strawberries, creating fruit skewers and exploring the farm.  We are now trying to improve our growing and cooking efforts across the school in order to achieve the Silver standard award.
 
 

Eco club and class councillors went to Southfields Farm on Friday to learn about the farming process.  The children explored different soil types, ground their own flour, hunted for wildlife in meadows, woodlands and ponds, fed the animals and travelled around on a tractor trailer to see the different methods of growing crops.  They were enthusiastic and a credit to the school.  Well done!

 

'My favourite activity was collecting the wild flowers on our journey sticks,' Elsie.

 

'I really enjoyed using the nets to hunt for insects,' Bobby.

 

'The donkeys were my favourite animal,' Lily.

 

  
Team Birchwood have kindly donated some bug homes which we have put up around the woodland area.  With the support of our wonderful grandparent volunteers, we are busily growing crops for our Farmers' Market on Friday July 6th.
 
 
Summer 1
 
 
Calling all local producers!
 
Birchwood Primary School is holding a Farmers’ Market on Friday 6th July 2018. We are looking for fantastic food, crafty creations and the people that make them to get involved to bring it to life. If you grow your own food or flowers, bake your own cakes, knit your own jumpers, or anything in between, we want to hear from you.  Each year group are having their own stalls, Smith’s butchers has signed up and we are looking for other community conscious individuals to help make our first ever farmers market a success.
 
If you’re interested in taking part in this super, summery school special, please contact Mrs Webb via the school office.
 
Thank you,
 
Faith and Mia - Pine Class

 

 
Eco Club has moved to after school this half term and the children have started in earnest by weeding and preparing the kitchen garden.  They tended to beans and strawberries that were already present and planted lettuce, carrots, radishes, rhubarb and tomatoes that they are hoping to sell at the school's first ever Farmers Market next half term.  If anyone has any fruit or vegetable plants that they would like to donate, please send them into school to Mrs Webb or Mrs Davis.
 
 
Spring 2
 
This half term Eco Council and Science Council will be involved in planning a Farmers Market, with a focus on growing our own produce.
 
 
 
Eco Councillors took part in an exciting cookery afternoon where they prepared a set of recipes chosen by Warwickshire Educaterers.  Recipes, and photos of the children preparing them, will be published in a booklet that will go out to all schools in the county.