Fochriw Primary School
The minister for the Environment visited Fochriw Primary school in April because they were runners up in a digital short film for the Welsh Government 'OUR WALES 2050'. Fochriw also received £500 for decarbonisation projects. Their film 'Wales of the future' opened pupils eyes to Wales locally and globally along with the school's understanding of the 'Well-being of Future Generations Act'.
Wales of the future:
Fochriw Primary School
Fochriw Primary School undertook a whole school project to learn about the red kite, following the pupils seeing the bird flying high above the school yard. The Eco Committee worked with the Challenge Crew Group of pupils to work out how they would incorporate the Red Kite work into the curriculum for every class. They wanted everyone to be more aware of what was in their environment and improve their understanding on how wildlife and nature depends on other animals to survive. The Red Kite project provided meaningful opportunities in a variety of areas across the curriculum for critical thinking and problem solving. It's also provided opportunities for expressive arts, humanities, science and technology, literacy, numeracy and digital learning along with a variety of skills.
Rhymney Comprehensive School - Sky Rainforest Rescue Schools Challenge
The hard working Rhymney Jaguars Eco Team at Rhymney Comprehensive School won the grand prize in the Sky Rainforest Rescue Schools Challenge, and became overall winners in the 2014 competition for their project investigating how their energy and resource use has had an impact on the rainforest and taking action to reduce it. The Rhymney Jaguars saved more than 250 tonnes of CO2 and won £1,000 for their efforts.
The Rhymney Jaguars also became the Sky Rainforest Rescue Welsh Champions in 2012. For this challenge they looked at the food they eat and the value of Fairtrade and rainforest alliance products. As part of the challenge they carried out surveys and run activities including food tasting sessions to allow people to sample various rainforest fruits, fairtrade products and homemade items using local produce.
Ynysddu Primary School - Incredible Edible Project
As part of their continuing community involvement and awareness Ynysddu Primary School have started an Incredible Edible project in the school and surrounding area. They identified a large area where the children, staff and local community planted fruit trees, fruit bushes and perennial vegetables, including herbs. They have also offered space and planting areas for the local community to plant additional fruit trees and vegetables. The crops will be looked after by the children and local community, with the aim that they then use the produce, wither by helping themselves or by taking items offered by the children. The local community have also been encouraged to identified additional areas which can be used for planting.
They have also produced handy guides to hand out, which will provide ideas on what to do with some of the more unusual items, such as quinces. The aim is to reduce greenhouse gases by cutting the use of transport, encourage a healthier diet and bring back lost skills, such as jam making and growing your own. Their long term aim is to make Ynysddu the healthiest place in the Valleys.