A Message from Ruth Zoumides, Schools’ Energy Officer and SCoRE Project Manager:
On a cold and frosty Monday morning early February 2015, I walked through the front door of Southwold Primary School in Nottingham. I was there to work with the children and staff on the SCoRE programme (which stands for Schools Collaboration on Resource Efficiency). The main aim of this programme is to drive down schools’ energy usage and emissions, helping the school to become more sustainable and responsible. I set about beginning to engage with the children in a fun and educational week.
I firstly met some pupils from The Green Team who were all very eager to learn and help out. The whole school engaged brilliantly during the opening assembly, answering questions, posing their own, volunteering to read out aloud and taking part in a short drama.
Shortly after assembly, year five and six enjoyed an energy saving science lesson, looking at fossil fuels, carbon emissions and renewable energies. Both classes got stuck into designing energy saving posters with lots of interesting ideas.
Year one and two enjoyed an energy day on Tuesday, learning a new song, sitting together to listen to a story, colouring, playing a lotto game and engaging with a wooden eco dolls house. Their lessons included the children making promises to be more energy efficient. Throughout the week, many of these pupils greeted me and excitedly chattered about what they had learned.
Between Tuesday and Thursday afternoon, pupils from years one to six set about learning all things eco. From plotting sources of energy on a school map to measuring light with a LUX meter, labelling switches to checking school temperatures with a giant thermometer, the interest and enthusiasm of these pupils was very evident. Their excitement even drew in the interest of the kitchen and midday staff, who not only began to label their kitchen switches, but to use the new way of lighting during lunchtimes.
The pupils were thrilled to hear that their teachers had spoken about energy saving during their staff meeting. The staff, in fact gave up some of their staff meeting to talk about energy saving. During the week, staff were extremely supportive of the pupils and worked hard to accommodate both myself and the SCoRE programme.
By Friday, The Green Team had decided on pledges for their whole school and had typed up, printed out and framed these for all to see. The week ended with a celebration assembly presented to the pupils and staff by The Green Team. During this assembly, the pupils recapped their week, read out the pledges and were presented with their SCoRE pledges and new status by Councillor Glyn Jenkins and Councillor Alan Clark.
Pupils Holly and Aflie, year 6 summed up the week :
“We know how to save energy now and it’s easy! We also know why this is important. We think we should do SCoRE every year”.
Pupil Ajay, year 5 reports:
“I loved SCoRE”.
I left Southwold a week later on a cold and frosty Friday afternoon feeling proud of all of the pupils and staff. It has been an absolute pleasure to work with such a supportive team of staff and such bright and enthusiastic pupils. The Green Team especially worked tirelessly all week. I am confident that the school will follow their pledges and will continue to achieve their aims.
I hope to re-visit Southwold in the not too distant future.
Ruth Zoumides, Schools’ Energy Officer and SCoRE Project Manager.
Class 1 have been learning all about the Story of the Nativity. We have put together a short video of it for you. The children did brilliantly reading the story and acting it out. This video was also shown at the Christingle service attended by the whole school at St Peter's Church in Radford. Merry Christmas from Class 1!
Class 4 have become Viking experts this half-term and we visited Jorvik on Friday 5th December to learn even more about this fascinating topic.
In the morning, we visited the Jorvik museum and travelled through a Viking town. We learned about the houses they lived in, the food they ate, the jobs they had and even where they went to the toilet! We investigated Viking artefacts and some children tried to blow a sound using a Viking musical instrument - they made it look very easy.
In the afternoon, we visitied Dig and were archaeologists for an hour. It was very exciting to explore artefacts from York in the Roman, Middle Ages and Victorian times as well as from Viking times. The children were very curious to find out what was underneath the soil! We definitely have some budding historians and archaeologists in our midst in Class 4.