Local activities and projects open to all Dorset schools.
Each term we will be working with a local partner to bring you a project that any school can join in. If you're doing Eco-Schools, you can get your Eco-Committee to help organise the project and use it towards Eco-Schools awards. Or just make the most of taking part in a fun whole-school challenge!
Opportunities for Summer 2018
Green Schools World Tour of Dorset
The Sustainable Schools Officer and Eco Reg, our mascot, are going on a pedal-powered tour of the county to find out how you have been helping the planet this year. You don't have to be a signed-up Eco-School to take part - if you've done a brilliant environmental project this year, invite the World Tour in to show off what you've done. As part of the tour, the Sustainable Schools Officer will deliver a free workshop on an eco theme for your Eco-Team, school council or other club.
For further information, download the Green Schools World Tour of Dorset information pack and booking form.
30 Days Wild
The popular campaign from the Wildlife Trusts is back! The challenge is to do something 'wild' every day during the month of June. The Schools' Pack, including the famous 'Random Acts of Wildness' cards provide inspiration and simple activities that you can do to connect with nature on your doorstep or in the school grounds.
Visit the 30 Days Wild website to sign up and receive your free Schools' Pack.
We are working with the Litter Free Coast and Sea team on Dorset's first Plastic-Free Day on 3 July. Schools will be invited to participate in our plastic-free activities.
Spring Term 2018: Put Plastic in its Place
Well done to all the schools who joined Empties Please. Empties Please are a recycling company offering a free, fun way to recycle printer and toner cartridges whilst raising funds for your school. Printer and toner cartridges are a big source of plastic waste in schools and businesses. Because they are hard to recycle, they often end up going to landfill and can escape into the sea.
14 schools in Dorset started recycling with Empties Please in Spring 2018. The winner of the prize draw for a visit with Weymouth Sea Life Park was Manor Park First school in Dorchester.
Did you know...?
- every year, 40 million inkjet cartridges are dumped in the UK
- in landfill the cartridges take 1000 years to break down
- cartridges can't be put into normal household or school recycling
You can register for Empties Please at any time. Sign your school up at www.emptiesplease.com/schools.
Summer Term 2017: A huge turn out for 30 Days Wild
The Wildlife Trusts month-long nature challenge 30 Days Wild encourages schools and families to do something 'wild' every day during the month of June. There was a fantastic response to the campaign, with 149 Dorset schools signing up. For inspiration, schools were provided with 30 'Random Acts of Wildness' cards which suggested wild activities they could do, from having a wild picnic to writing a wild poem, running barefoot to cloud-gazing. Some schools incorporated Random Acts of Wildness into lessons, while others used set them as challenges for break time or after school.
The purpose was of course to encourage children to connect with nature, which has been shown to improve children's emotional wellbeing, attention span, physical fitness and resilience, as well as being memorable and fun!
Read more about 30 Days Wild.
365 Days Wild!
You can use the outdoor classroom in the curriculum all year round. Here are some resources to help you plan outdoor sessions:
Spring Term 2017: The Big Pedal
Well done to all the schools who took part in the The Big Pedal 2017! Across the UK, 1,698 schools took part and children and supporters in the Big Pedal clocked up over 1 million journeys. The results for Dorset are as follows:
- 30 schools took part
- 21 106 journeys were made by Dorset pupils and supporters
- if each journey was 1km, Big Pedal participants in Dorset scooted and cycled the length of the Great Wall of China!
Sustrans' surveys suggest that 75% of Big Pedal schools keep cycling and scooting after the event. We hope all the Big Pedallers out there will keep up their healthy habit!
The winners are:
- mountain bike stunt show (best overall performance): St James' CE First School, Alderholt
- scooter pod (most children scooting to school): Henbury View First School, Corfe Mullen