Sustainability has been described as ‘a way of thinking about our lives and work – including our education system – such that we don’t destroy our most precious resource, the planet' (p7, Ofsted (2008) Schools and sustainability: A climate for change?). The Government wants all schools to become 'sustainable schools' by 2020 (Ofsted website).
At Drayton Park, children are given opportunities to learn about and discuss issues such as healthy eating, Fair Trade and ethical purchasing, energy consumption, and recycling. Each classroom has a recycling bin and children and staff are encouraged to switch off lights and computers whenever they are not in use. We also participate in the Walk to School scheme, which encourages children to walk or cycle to school.
Opportunities for learning about sustainability are embedded in the statutory National Curriculum subjects of citizenship, design and technology, geography and science, although it is a topic that cuts across all subjects.
We have big plans for learning about sustainability and sustainable development at Drayton Park; watch this space!
Gardening Club worked hard making the KS1 playground a nicer play to be over the autumn and winter. They planted a cherry tree, some winter vegetables and hundreds of bulbs that flowered in the spring. Reception and KS1 have been learning about planting and growing over the last few months and have grown sunflowers and beanstalks. We've just planted some more vegetable plants and look forward to harvesting at the end of term and in the autumn!