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8B2's Environmental Field Trip

Category: Education

Date: 01.07.2015

Time: 10:31

Mr Rai, from Ken Stimpson Community School, explains how students got involved with supporting PECT’s Forest for Peterborough project with a willow maze maintenance day.

12 year 8 students set off one Tuesday morning towards the East of England Showground. We arrived in good time and were welcomed to the site’s willow maze and nature conservation area. The students were eager to get exploring and split up into several groups to traverse the growing maze.

The group rejoined and after a short introduction quickly engaged in the site work. The maze fences and surrounding area had become dilapidated by natural causes. The group gathered small growing willow from areas thick within the maze and replanted it in areas around the maze. Students quickly began taking on different roles within the team – collecting willow, planting and rearranging parts of the maze. Every student became near-experts in using secateurs and deciding on which willow to use.

After a well-deserved group break under sunny skies, the group engaged again in the task, working together to collect further willow and then planting it to bolster the maze. The planting rate grew faster and faster, reaching 6 willow saplings per minute at one point thanks to the team effort!

In the last half hour the group then split, allowing for students to begin conducting samples of the area. They collected soil and microbe populations growing in certain areas. The results from this survey will be shared in the near future.

At the trip’s end students were allowed to enter the beekeepers site and explore the inner workings of a beehive. Students helped clear away any debris from the site and thanked all the staff.

Overall the day was a huge success, with thanks to the staff from Peterborough Environment City Trust alongside the school’s Science and Maths departments. The pupils had a fantastic experience contributing to the local environment and applying their knowledge in a challenging setting. All the students were a credit to the school and agreed they would like to revisit in 4 years’ time to see just how much their saplings had grown.

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#Forest
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Experiencing the Orton Wistow Eco Day

Category: Education

Date: 17.03.2015

Time: 14:06

Robin Eagle, MSc student and PECT intern recounts his day spent at the recent Orton Wistow Primary School ‘Eco Day’.

On Wednesday 11 March 2015, Orton Wistow held a superb whole school ‘Eco Day’ and I was lucky enough to be a part of it. Focusing on the themes 'Energy', 'Waste' and 'Healthy Living' numerous activities were run to engage with every year group in the school.

Working with Jill Foster, PECT’s Environmental Education Coordinator, we ran a series of workshops for Year 2 children centred on renewable energies. The children were able to play and learn with solar cars, basic solar-powered circuits and witness the workings of a small wind turbine. PECT’s Matt Robinson, the Woodland Management and Volunteer Manager, led small groups demonstrating and teaching year 6 pupils’ woodcraft skills and techniques.

Amongst these PECT-led activities were a whole host of other organisations covering everything from cookery to scarecrow-building. There was a fantastic, positive buzz in the air the whole day, as children whizzed around with smiles from ear-to-ear!

I was pleasantly surprised by not only how interested and engaged the children were, but also how much prior knowledge and understanding they had around broad concepts of environmental stewardship and sustainability. The science is now irrefutable and the consequences of climate change are being felt globally.

It was heartening to witness, at such a young age, the future generation being so well educated and embracing the importance of protecting the planet. What the children learnt that day will stay with them for many years to come.

The ‘Eco Day’ was a great example of how a relatively small amount of time and effort from external organisations and individuals can have a large and profound impact, re-invigorating the school environment.

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#EcoDay

Learning Where Food Comes From

Category: Education

Date: 09.07.2014

Time: 11:18

In early June, our Love Local in Schools programme participated in the East of England Showground’s annual Potato Planting Day, where 500 primary school pupils from the Peterborough area were given the experience of learning about where food comes from, from seed to table. The Love Local in Schools project joined up with chefs from Peterborough Regional College to run eight potato salad making workshops, so that all 500 pupils had a chance to individually put together a simple potato salad recipe with variations.

As the Love Local in Schools project officer, I spoke with the students and teachers about what they knew about healthy food and asked whether they could come up with other healthy versions of potato salad. We also talked about using seasonal, local produce from the area’s farms and why that’s important for our health and local community. The kids were amazed to think of the different possibilities one could make with a seasonal salad or other potato recipe, and once they got going, their enthusiasm was contagious!

Both the Love Local communities project and the schools projects are teaming up to trial food gardening in schools with parent-child involvement. At two schools in Central and East wards, we are working with 120 pupils and some of their parents to teach them some basics on gardening for food. Emma, our Love Local project officer, will then carry forward free parent/child gardening sessions at community centres in both areas. It’s an excellent opportunity for people, especially parents with young children, to come along and learn how to get started with growing healthy, inexpensive food at home.

For more information about our Love Local projects:

Communities gardening or cookery sessions contact Emma at emma.hookham@pect.org.uk

If you are a Peterborough school and are interested in taking part in free healthy eating and cookery lessons, register your interest with April at april.sotomayor@pect.org.uk.

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Heltwate School at Peterborough ECO Education Awards - Outdoor Learning

Category: Education

Date: 01.07.2014

Time: 11:42

Heltwate Primary School has done a project all about getting out in the environment and doing lots of healthy and fantastic activities. We all enjoy learning outside of the classroom. I liked playing snakes and ladders on the school allotment.

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Newark Hill Academy Green Team

Category: Education

Date: 01.07.2014

Time: 11:20

Today we have brought with us our paper challenge.  We have challenged the teachers to cut down on paper waste.

We have enjoyed talking to other schools about their eco work.  We particularly enjoyed Woodston's pizza!

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Peterborough Powerdown Fortnight

Category: Education

Date: 25.02.2014

Time: 15:06

If you had driven past many Peterborough Schools on the 22nd of November last year you would have been forgiven for thinking that they were closed for the day.  In fact they were going  all out to be the school who used the least energy on Powerdown Day the culmination of Peterborough Powerdown Fortnight.

Schools such as Queen’s Drive Infant school linked Powerdown to the curriculum and as well as learning about Energy Saving, the pupils all came to school in bright clothing to reinforce the road safety messages they had been learning “Be B right, Be Seen”.  They did their lessons by torch and “candlelight” (battery powered tea lights) and everyone had a packed lunch so that the cook didn’t have to use the ovens.  Prior to the day the pupils had taped up the staff room dishwasher, kettle and microwave. 

Not all schools took it to the same level of switch off as the dedicated souls at Queen’s Drive infant.  But across the city pupils were keeping a check on their fellow pupils and staff, making sure lights, overhead projectors and whiteboards were switched off when not in use.  Many schools had a visit from the Watts Energy Challenge team and found out how hard they had to cycle to generate electricity. 

Some schools had visits from Space Pirates or travelled back in time to find out how fossil fuels are made courtesy of the Theatre in Education Company Act On Info.  The Education Team at PECT had brilliant fun delivering a range of Energy and Climate Change lessons to pupils, the lesson on Solar Energy for the Infant pupils was particularly popular.

And we are about to do it all again with 15 different schools.  The March Peterborough Powerdown Fortnight runs from 3-14 March, the PECT Education Team will be out and about again with our solar cars and dancing flowers helping the youngest pupils understand how the sun and wind are helping to power their TV’s and Games consoles and look out for those Space Pirates who are making another attempt to steal this planets Energy.

Still not sure what Powerdown is all about?  The fantastic Green Team at Dogsthorpe Junior school made a film to explain it to their fellow pupils, so please watch.


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Promoting Healthy, Local Food in Schools

Category: Education

Date: 11.02.2014

Time: 14:38

The Environmental Education team here at PECT is very pleased to announce the beginning of an exciting new project in select Peterborough schools. Love Local in Schools is a pilot programme designed to deliver a variety of healthy eating lessons in Key Stage 2 classrooms, providing additional resources to help schools sustainably carry forward the message of healthy living. The PECT team, supported by Public Health, will deliver a variety of lessons on seasonal eating, making healthy food choices, and developing basic cooking skills.

Our exciting topics include interactive and hands-on learning about things like food miles, introducing pupils to the seasonal UK food calendar to encourage pupils to start thinking about locally grown food. Students will get a chance to explore different flavours and textures, learning about reading food labels and how to prepare simple recipes from scratch.

While many of our lessons will be carried out in the classroom, Love Local in Schools will be also delivered in as many dynamic environments as possible, carrying out lessons outdoors to encourage pupils and parents to get to know some of our amazing local resources. To keep things interesting, we’ll be working up an appetite by cycling with some schools to a local picnic area at a wildlife reserve or country park. We’ll also be having lessons on growing food at community allotments like the Green Backyard or going on foraging walks in area woodlands with a wild food expert. We’re excited to be working with amazing local food providers, like touring Moor Farm in Newborough, and using the excellent food and farming resources available at the East of England Showground – all resources that help children understand the journey food makes from farm to fork.

We’ve also got fantastic individual cookbooks for each participating child; pupils will be adding recipes we’ve prepared in class as well as coming up with some of their own ideas! To top it all off, we’ve got fresh organic produce to prepare from Woodlands Farm for the duration of the project.
Our first sessions have already been met with much enthusiasm and excitement by the children! We will continue to carry out our lessons from now through summer term.

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love local, food, schools,environment,healthy eating, growing food, envirionmental education

Queen's Drive Infants School, Iaisa Mahmood 7 yrs

Category: Education

Date: 08.07.2013

Time: 14:57

We have to switch off the lights in the classrooms to save energy

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Anglian Water

Category: Education

Date: 08.07.2013

Time: 14:56

We are very impressed with all of the school's stands and  in particular how schools are already trying to grow their own food and using it in schools.

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PECT Volunteer, Tom

Category: Education

Date: 08.07.2013

Time: 14:54

I have been in charge of the Climate Change stall at the Eco Awards for part of the day.
I have really enjoyed my day and the children's enthusiasm is evident.
The school stands were fantastic amd the awards have really helped to present the challenges of climate change and how we can do our bit.

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Skills for the future trainees

Category: Education

Date: 08.07.2013

Time: 14:53

Working for Vivacity at different heritage sites and working for the wildlife trust managing nature reserves around Peterborough.
Go out and find out about your natural and cultural heritage by visiting your local nature reserve or one of Peterborough's heritage sites.

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Ken Stimpson, Jamie 12 yrs

Category: Education

Date: 08.07.2013

Time: 14:51

Our project is about waste management. We have made one of them about electricity. We are trying to open all of the windows and turn off all of the lights. If a room has no windows, the lights can stay on, only if there is a person in the room.

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Queen's Drive Infant School, Max 6 yrs

Category: Education

Date: 08.07.2013

Time: 14:49

We have been turning the lights off at lunch time.

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Queen's Drive Infant School, Max 6 yrs

Category: Education

Date: 08.07.2013

Time: 14:49

We have been turning the lights off at lunch time.

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Travelchoice, Jess

Category: Education

Date: 08.07.2013

Time: 14:49

Loving the energy and enthusiasm today at the Peterborough Eco Awards.

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Braybrook Primary School, Abby 11

Category: Education

Date: 08.07.2013

Time: 14:47

I've enjoyed watching the woodland guys making a spoon. Braybrook have made an effort using pictures to make a poster about what eco projects we've achieved this year.

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William Law School, Holly, 9yrs

Category: Education

Date: 04.07.2013

Time: 11:34

Today so far I have enjoyed all the things you can make and do. Also there are a lot of good displays!:)

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Peterborough Eco Education Awards 2013

Queens drive infants school, Aqsa, 7yrs

Category: Education

Date: 04.07.2013

Time: 11:28

We turn off the lights and the fairy lights off. We did it when it was lunch time.

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Peterborough Eco Education Awards 2013

Queens Drive infants school, Aakash, 6yrs

Category: Education

Date: 04.07.2013

Time: 11:25

We did powerdown fortnight, we saved electricity turning off lights.

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Peterborough Eco Education Awards 2013

Wittering Primary, Jade Bailey, 11yrs

Category: Education

Date: 04.07.2013

Time: 11:20

The sculptures on the stage are amazing! I've never seen anything like it before!

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Peterborough Eco Education Awards 2013

John Clare school, Rhiannon Tilah, 11yrs

Category: Education

Date: 04.07.2013

Time: 11:17

This year John Clare school have worked hard on improving their nature zone, they have made bird baths and mini beast hotels. Also John Clare have been raising awareness of bees, this is because they are important to our life cycle.

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Peterborough Eco Education Awards 2013

Braybrook, Jack, 11yrs

Category: Education

Date: 04.07.2013

Time: 11:06

Braybrook have put together lots of different things. There is someone making stuff out of wood and its so cool!

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Peterborough Eco Education Awards 2013

Ken Stimpson, Thomas Alexandra, 12yrs

Category: Education

Date: 04.07.2013

Time: 10:56

Our project is about electricity
Today I have set up our stand
The most amazing thing is the other schools stands!
Barnqack schools stand was really good as it had hand made examples. The things on the stand were also really good.

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Peterborough Education Eco Awards 2013

Ormiston Bushfield Academy Daisy Hayward

Category: Education

Date: 04.07.2013

Time: 10:49

Our project is all about OBA's science garden. We have grown floweres and vegetables that the schools kitchen has used. My facorite animal that has visited the garden is a privet hawk moth. It looks dull from the outside, but is bright pink when it opens it's wings! All the projects I have seen today are amazing and really deserve to win!

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Peterborough Education Eco Awards

Peterborough Education Eco Awards

Category: Education

Date: 04.07.2013

Time: 10:41

When you look at all the excellent displays and enthusiastic young people who have turned out for this years eco awards you can can be nothing less than inspired!
Each of the stands is so individual yet the theme is so strong - these kids really care about their environment and are passionate about the environment.
Over the next few hours the children are going to write blog posts so if you keep tuned in you too can be inspired by the youing people of our city!

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Peterborough Education Eco Awards

Peterborough Eco Education Awards 2012

Category: Education

Date: 22.04.2013

Time: 13:48

Before the Olympic Torch arrives in Peterborough on the 3rd of July the main event of the day is Peterborough Eco Awards 2012.
This event showcases the brilliant Eco projects going on in Peterborough schools across the city. 21 schools will be coming along with displays about their projects (and hopefully some food samples for us to try) and sharing their ideas with each other.

While the judges are going round making their decisions in each category, 12 environmental organisations from Peterborough will be providing activities and games for the 120 pupils. The children will also be having a go at a quiz and competition and writing blogs about what they have been doing at the event. The keenly contested Eco Factor Award is voted for by the pupils themselves for the most informative and interesting display.

In the afternoon there will be a wide range of presentations celebrating all the schools achievements attended by the Deputy Mayor, local councillors and a range of organisations who have supported the awards and donated prizes.

So come and have a read tomorrow and find out what the pupils were doing and find out the results.

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environmental education, Peterborough eco awards

Rhiannon from John Clare School

Category: Education

Date: 22.04.2013

Time: 13:47

My stand was about reusing old toys. My favorite stall was trees. I enjoyed doing all the quizzes.

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Environmental Education, Eco Awards

Maya from John Clare School

Category: Education

Date: 22.04.2013

Time: 13:46

Our stall was an eco swap shop

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Environmental Education, Eco Awards

Kiran from John Clare Primary School

Category: Education

Date: 22.04.2013

Time: 13:45

Today has been great fun at the eco awards, there have been lots of great activities and people. We started of by setting up our display then we had a look around at all the displays

I especially liked the Jack Hunt one, they made models of their outdoor area they even bought their own miniature water ornament!!!

After that I was looking for the ducks for a competition, I found them all and helped some girls out with the same competiton (I'm nice like that) then I entered another competition with 3 questions, one was about Anglian Water another was about Climate Change and the other was about Forests for Peterborough It's nearly judging time and i've only got a few more minutes so bye.

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Environmental Education, Eco Awards

Chloe from Hampton College

Category: Education

Date: 22.04.2013

Time: 13:44

I'm at Peterborough Eco Awards to help promote what we have been doing as a school to be eco friendly. We have done lots of projects and our most recent one is an allotment which we are using to grow fruit and veg to use in the school kitchens and food tech rooms!

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Environmental Education, Eco Awards

Davina, Callum & Stevie. Oakdale Primary School

Category: Education

Date: 22.04.2013

Time: 13:43

We think that hunt the duck was fun and clever. We also liked taking part in the journey quiz because because we learnt that there is a lot of transport to get to school. We learnt that there are lots of flowers to attract butterflies. We liked telling the judges about what we did at Oakdale. We've had a lot of fun so far now we are going to play some games.

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Environmental Education, Eco Awards

Lubna (staff member) Iqra Academy

Category: Education

Date: 22.04.2013

Time: 13:43

An amazing experience with lots of information provided therefore informative. So much learned to take back and share to improve the environment around us. Great response from all the schools and some awesome displays.

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Environment Education, Peterborough Eco Awards

Lauren from Braybrook Primary School

Category: Education

Date: 22.04.2013

Time: 13:42

Today was really fun there were loads of cool stalls to see and fun things to do like hunt the duck.

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Environmental Education, Eco Awards

Braybrook Primary School

Category: Education

Date: 22.04.2013

Time: 13:41

Happiness from Braybrook Primary.

Today has been very fun, the stands were good and the activities were great!

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Peterborough Eco Awards, Environmental Education

Aishah, Iqra Acadamy

Category: Education

Date: 22.04.2013

Time: 13:40

I had a fantastic day learning about different people, recycling and using resources without causing damage to the planet. I got to meet amazing people with different experience to me. Overall it was marvellous.

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Peterborough Eco Awards | Environmental Education

Peterborough Eco Awards 2012

Category: Education

Date: 22.04.2013

Time: 13:00

School was buzzing from the minute the schools started to arrive yesterday!

120 pupils bursting with enthusiasm filled the display boards and tables with pictures, information, models, produce from their gardens, cakes and even some grass haired heads.

While the judges had the difficult task of choosing some winners the pupils played Hunt the Duck, jumped up and down to test out their pedometers from NHS Peterborough, quized 10 local environmental education providers about what they did, took part in a quiz themselves, wrote some blogs, ate a lot of fruit and most importantly found out what every other school there had been doing. Over lunch there was a carousel of activities provided by The Wildlife Trust, Clare Cottage, Greengage, Nene Park Trust, Sustrans, Forest for Peterborough, NHS Peterborough and the Climate Change Team.

The final part of the day was the presentations, there were a range of awards some were judged in advance from nominations made by the school and the other awards were judged on the day. The judges had a very difficult task, one of the judges said "these kids are so impressive I'd have been happy for any of them to win, choosing just one was really hard."

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Environmental Education, Peterborough Environment City Trust, Eco Awards