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News from schools in the South Central Region

Brakenhale’s Eco Club works towards Green Award

The Eco Club at Brakenhale School has been a hive of activity recently. Recent events have included a bug count on a Monday lunch time. The data they collected from their site was collated together with other schools for the British Trust for Ornithology, to help scientists understand the relationship between climate, invertebrates and how it impacts UK birds and their migration patterns.

On 18th June, the club also held a cake sale to sponsor an endangered animal such as a leopard, gorilla or tiger. The animal will be adopted by the whole school and the information pack about the animal will be prominently displayed on the eco board.

These are small steps toward the school obtaining an Eco Schools Green Flag Award, which is a globally recognised achievement.

Follow this link for more information: https://www.eco-schools.org.uk/


Exploring ancient times at Crown Wood

In June, Year 3 visited Butser Ancient Farm, an experimental archaeology site near the South Downs National Park in Hampshire. The children learnt to spin sheep’s wool to create thin strands of wool and also experienced an indoor archaeological dig where they discovered items from an Iron Age settlement.

Earlier this month, they also enjoyed taking part in an Egyptian day where they completed a variety of exciting activities including Egyptian dancing, food tasting and creating clay amulets. At the end of the day they showcased their work from the term in their own Egyptian museum.


Wildmoor Heath partners with Thames Valley Basin

Year 3 have been working together with Thames Valley Basin Partnership, as part of their topic 'Wildmoor Heath', where they have been learning about the environment around us and have gone on several walks on the local heath.

Last week, the children took their final trip out to the heath with litter pickers, following an assembly from the campaigning group ‘C.R.O.W.’ (Crowthorne Reducing Our Waste), who have achieved plastic free status for our village and really inspired our children to be responsible for their surrounding community.

Year 6 attended a final school trip yesterday which was totally self-funded by the children themselves. Following a Money Matters course from Natwest, where they learnt about saving and profit and loss in business planning, their self-planned activities raised enough profit to fund the trip and the local charitable organisation, Oakwood Youth Challenge, offered a day of outdoor and high ropes activities at half the cost in recognition of their enterprising efforts.