ESDGC News

Caerphilly Friends of the Earth - "Bee Friendly" initiative

Would you like your school to achieve "Bee Friendly" status?

As part of the Wales Action Plan for Pollinators, Wales Biodiversity Partnership launched the "Bee Friendly" initiative, to halt the decline in not just bee populations, but all pollinators.

Caerphilly Friends of the Earth "Bee Friendly" initiative

Eco School Topic Resources

Eco School topic resources have been developed to support schools working on any of the eight Eco School Topic areas. The resources identify how to implement a variety of actions as part of your Eco School Programme, looking at how to monitor and evaluate, achieve a whole school approach and link to the curriculum and LNF. Visit the Teacher Resources page to access the eight resources.

New - What Day/Week/Month Resource

A What day/week/month resource has been developed to identify local and national days linked to ESDGC to help schools plan projects and activities. Visit the Teacher Resources page to access the resource.

ESDGC/LNF Documents

The ESDGC Officer for CCBC has worked with the All Wales ESDGC Local Authority Officer group to map ESDGC against the new Literacy and Numeracy Framework, to identify how these areas can be taught using ESDGC.

ESDGC has been mapped against the Literacy and Numeracy Framework for years 2, 6 and 9, with suggested activities, website links and resources for each of the elements within the framework.

These documents will help schools embed the requirements of the new Literacy and Numeracy Framework within their curriculum planning, and include ESDGC as a theme for classroom teaching.

For more information about the ESDGC/LNF Resources, please contact Tracy Evans at EVANSTA@caerphilly.gov.uk.

Year 2 ESDGC/LNF Resource - English
Year 2 ESDGC/LNF Resource - Welsh
Year 6 ESDGC/LNF Resource - English
Year 6 ESDGC/LNF Resource - Welsh
Year 9 ESDGC/LNF Resource - English
Year 9 ESDGC/LNF Resource - Welsh

Sirhowy Valley Honey Bee Company - Bees Educating Eco Schools

This is a partnership project between the Sirhowy Valley Honeybee Company Ltd, Caerphilly County Borough Council and Ynysddu Primary School.

We have developed an interactive bee hive house at Ynysddu Primary School, in the Sirhowy Valley. Funding has been secured from Keep Wales Tidy's All Wales Grant, the Greener Caerphilly grant scheme and the Community and Regeneration fund.

Schools can visit to take part in a 2 hour interactive workshop costing £60. Workshops will include learning:

- Why bees and other pollinators are important

- About pollination

- About honey, how it is made and extracted

- How to approach a bee hive, how the bees work and live

- How to prevent swarming, develop new colonies

- How to rear queen bees

Workshops will be held on Wednesdays and Fridays, 10am to 12pm or 12.30pm to 2.30pm and will run during March, April, May, June, July, September and October (weather dependant).

There is a maximum of 15 pupils plus staff for each workshop. Pupils will be split into two groups, please provide staff to look after both groups. Schools can book one or two workshops per day.

Schools will need to provide their own transport to and from site.

Everyone attending will need to wear wellies and trousers.

Please contact Lorne East, Sirhowy Valley Honeybee Company at svhchoney@gmail.com or on 07507 108563 for more information about the workshops, including the teachers information notes, project risk assessment and school booking forms.

Ynysddu Primary School are supporting the project as part of their Eco School work as a Platinum Eco School. They have been a sustainable school for over 10 years and the bee hive house will also support their Incredible Edible project, where they have planted fruit trees and shrubs in the school grounds as a community project, which was the first Incredible Edible project in Wales.

The Green Grin-o-meter

 contact

  Policy Officer
  Council Offices
  Penallta House
  Tredomen Park
  CF82 7WF
  EVANSTA@caerphilly.gov.uk
  01443 811367

 

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