Eco And Outdoor Learning
All things are possible for one who believes – Mark 9:23
During their time at school, a Waverley Abbey student will develop awareness of global environmental issues, and of how they can play their part in protecting our planet. Through our evolving outdoor curriculum, children are able to develop their practical skills, as well as their well-being and resilience. They should leave us with and understanding of and love for the natural environment, with the knowledge and passion required to make eco-friendly choices and develop positive life-long habits.
"It’s surely our responsibility to do everything within our power to create a planet that provides a home, not just for us, but for all life on earth.”
– David Attenborough
Taking learning outdoors has become increasingly important at Waverley Abbey and we now have an ‘Outdoor Curriculum’ in place for all year groups. Every class has access to a different outdoor learning space, following a half-termly rotation to ensure broad and balanced learning opportunities for each year group. We have linked our outdoor learning sessions with each year group’s topics, so that any subject can be taken outside in order to provide enriching and engaging sessions, which will broaden our children’s understanding of the natural world.
We have also been lucky to have Mr Chart join our team in September 2020. Mr Chart has Forest School experience and works in the Wild Area with a different class each week, leading activities which involve making shelters, creating art using natural resources, knot-tying, fire-building and using tools.
The Eco Team consists of a group of representatives from different year groups. They hold meetings to talk about environmental issues which affect the school, the local and global community, and to plan activities for the whole school to take part in. As part of our ongoing effort to reduce plastic waste as a school, we are part of the ‘Terracycle’ scheme, through which we are able to collect and recycle crisp packets, rather than sending them to landfill. We also encourage taking part in ‘Plastic-Free Day’ each year, where every child who brings a packed lunch to school does so without including single-use plastic – this inspires many to make small tweaks to their lunches, which then become permanent changes.
At Waverley Abbey, we work hard to promote Eco values and are proud to be involved in various Eco schemes. The children love taking part in ‘green’ activities and appreciate how lucky we are that our school is set in such lovely natural surroundings. We feel it is important that the children establish a sound knowledge and pro-active attitude when it comes to environmental issues and how to ‘do our bit’.
‘Bio’ means ‘life’ and ‘Blitz’ means ‘to do something quickly and intensively’. Together they make ‘BioBlitz’, a collaborative race against the clock to discover as many species of plants, animals and fungi as possible, within a set location, over a defined time period.’