In the summer term Eco/Gardening Club took part in a national Rocket Science Experiment run by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Campaign for School Gardening. The RHS sent us two packets of rocket salad seeds, one red and one blue. One of these packets had been sent into space, although we were not told which one! From April to June 2016 we sowed these seeds and observed their germination and growth. We concluded correctly that it was the blue packet of seeds which had been sent into space because they did not grow as well as the seeds from the red packet. Please find attached photos of our rocket seedlings and a photo of another primary school holding the two packets of rocket seeds. In addition to the Rocket Science Experiment, during summer 2016, Eco/Gardening Club successfully grew sunflowers, radishes, salad leaves, strawberries and runner beans.
This year, Downderry’s Eco-Warriors have made a mighty return!
During the autumn term, the Eco-Club was busy developing a list of ways in which we at Downderry can help the environment, both inside and outside the school. The focus for autumn term was on energy saving, and Eco-Club held an energy saving week which ran from the 21st to the 25th of November. We lead a whole-class assembly to introduce the week and informed the pupils of Downderry on the causes and effects of wasting energy, as well as how we at Downderry can save energy within the school. It was hugely successful, and from our surveys at the beginning and end of the week, we went from having almost 40 computers being switched on but not in use, to just 8!
Our focus for the next term is waste. We aim to reduce the amount of general waste and increase the amount we recycle at Downderry by introducing more recycling bins throughout the school and making pupils aware of recyclable materials.