Pupils take part in ‘eco day’

Every pupil at a Shrewsbury school took part in an ‘eco’ day recently which included activities such as a ladybird survey and the creation of bird watching hides.

The 270 children at Prestfelde School, on London Road, as well as teaching staff, participated in the event which forms part of their work towards a national award.

Teacher Sophie Richards explained that Prestflede has already received bronze ‘Eco-School’ status but was now aiming to reach the silver standard, proving that they were even greener and more sustainable.

“As a school we aim to be as environmentally-friendly as possible and this activities day was very educational and enjoyable for us all,” she said.

Younger children and staff dressed up with a green theme and took part in a variety of projects, such as creating bird feeders, outdoor bunting, welly planters, ladybird houses and outdoor mats.

Other classes were kept busy building bird-watching hides and painting pebbles with letters and numbers for the school’s outdoor classroom.

Middle school pupils were divided into groups and worked towards some of the Eco-School targets. They designed a vegetable garden and wildlife haven, came up with some ingenious ideas for bird boxes, as well as creating bird feeders and bug homes to attract different creatures.

Some of the children undertook a ladybird survey of the 30-acre school grounds, recording location, species and numbers and a group of year four pupils used iPads to take photographs of the different activities and are now putting together a presentation on the eco day.

Miss Richards added: “More senior classes were given the task of making raised beds and a blackboard for the outdoor classroom – they were very proud of their work after a busy day hammering, sawing and sanding.

“We all had a delicious lunch of local sausages, potatoes and seasonal vegetables and the children learned about how we always aim to source as much of our food from Shropshire.”

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