Schools grounds are important to all schools; the way the grounds are developed, used and managed can have a significant impact on people’s behaviour towards the school, each other, the environment and the community. Pupils can spend as much as 25% of their time in your school grounds, so it’s important that experiences they have there are the best and as positive as they can be.
Getting started with school grounds
Build extra green space
Whether it’s raised beds, window boxes, quirky containers or even rooftop space, seeds will sprout and flowers will grow given the right care.
Create a nature trail
Designated areas for learning about local biodiversity including wildlife gardens with habitat areas, bird feeders and nesting boxes and ponds. Some schools keep animals like rabbits.
Take your class outside for a lesson; try to encourage other teachers to do the same with their classrooms
Learning outside the classroom is good for:
- Enhanced personal and social skills
- Increased physical health, enhanced mental and spiritual health
- Showing the value of sustainable relationships between people and their environment
More ideas -
- Develop a school garden, meadow, vegetable patch or forest corner. This can be done in containers, raised beds or directly in the ground, it can work in the vast majority of schools spaces.
- Composting is always something to good to start with if it is suitable for your school, refer to waste topic for more information
- Let pupils design their own environmental games and get them painted on the school playground
Other activities and case studies from Eco-Schools can be found on both the Eco-Schools website and the Pod website. Don’t forget you can contact your local Green Flag Ambassador school for advice too.
For a range of lessons to help combine litter topic with the curriculum visit the Eco-Schools website
Support is available from Council Officers and other organisations, Contact firstname.lastname@example.org