Welcome to Oak Cottage Primary Schools Eco page!
Eco-Schools is an international award programme that guides schools and pupils on their sustainable journey, providing a simple framework to help make sustainability an integral part of school life. Eco-Schools can help enhance the curriculum and get the whole school united behind something important.
Our mission is to help make our school sustainable and to bring about behaviour change in our pupils and those connected to them so that good habits learned in our school are followed through into homes and communities.
Every half term our eco councillors meet to discuss the ways in which we can improve our school. The children take part in litter picking, energy saving programmes and will often lead assemblies and run competitions. Our projects always involve the whole school and wider community. We are extremely proud to have been awarded the ‘Green Flag Status’ and the Greeener Schools Award. Our hard work and dedication means that our school continues to recycle, reduce and reuse.
Our elected Eco Councillors for this year are:
Timetable of events over the school year
Information on events throughout
the yearBig School's Bird Watch
We are taking place in the Big School's Bird Watch. Please download and complete the forms.
Hand these to Mrs Newman!
Following this the eco-councilors will install bird feeders around the school groups to help encourage a range of birds. They will then use the bird spotting sheet to discover which birds like to visit our school.
If you would like a bird spotting sheet to complete this activity at home please ask Mrs Newman.
Switch off Fortnight!
Switch off Fortnight. This will be taking place between the-13th-24th November.
Our eco team will be monitoring our whole school’s usage of all electrical appliances within school. They will be launching the initiative in an assembly with Mrs Newman and we hope that our school meter readings will show a decrease in usage over this time. The top three classes will receive certificates. There is a competition that your child can enter as well, to design their own t-shirt. The winner gets their t-shirt actually made!
During this time, I hope your child will become an eco-warrior at home and your home usage decreases too!
Below are links to games and competitions that are part of this initiative.
Switch off at home tips
Design a t-shirt competition
Here is a game you can play at home with your family.
Two of our eco-councilors volunteered to go litter picking in Olton on Saturday morning and did a brilliant job at filling a huge bag full of paper, plastic, glass bottles and cigarette stubs. We have litter pickers at school. If you would like to borrow this wonderful tool, please ask Mrs Newman and she will lend one to you so that you can do your bit to help the environment.
We are still up and running in the polytunnel! If you have any spare seeds/bulbs at home please send them to Mrs Newman!
Walk to school week
We will be taking part in this during October and May. We also do the WOW walk to school challenge each day.
Cut Your Carbon - November
Cut Your Carbon
How you can help at home
Just in case you have lost your 9 step cut the carbon challenge, here is one you can print off.
Bird watching donations!
If you have any spare bird feeders / tables at home and would like to donate these to the school please pop these into Mrs Newman. We also need seeds and fat balls (no nuts). This will help us to attract all the birds for the Big Schools Bird Watch.
Our school is now using Ecosia as our serach engine. You can also switch your search engine to Ecosia at home.
It’s fast, it’s easy and it’s a lot more private than Google.
With just a few clicks, you make a difference, today and every single day from now on.
45 searches plants a tree
Ecosia is a not-for-profit B corp. They use the incredible profits that are generated by search to plant trees. If Ecosia were as big as Google, it could absorb 15% of all global CO2 emissions!
THAT'S ENOUGH TO OFFSET ALL VEHICLE EMISSIONS WORLDWIDE.
Seven reasons to give this free alternative a try
Plant trees by doing nothing special.
Do something that matters, right now and every day.
Protect endangered animal habitats and give lemurs somewhere to live.
Support an ethical internet and walk away from big tech.
You can see how many trees you’ve planted.
Finally, you can do something today, right now, that you feel good about.
Waste week - March 2024
Greener Schools Award
Recycling - we will start recycling batteries and crisp packets very soon! Look out on the back of your crisp packets for the recycle symbol and it saying recycle at store.
Our eco code