The Eco Club started in 2009/2010 and has empowered pupils at Bedford Drive Primary School to improve their environmental awareness and drive change. Pupils who want to join the Eco Club, become our Eco Warriors.
Bedford Drive Primary School was the first Primary School in Wirral to be awarded Green Flag Status from Eco Schools. We have a commitment to developing strategies that sustain and enhance resources and the environment, and the Eco Club meet regularly, with the Eco Club Coordinator, Mrs Finnigan, to share ideas to enable us to reach our Eco Schools targets.
Since its launch, the Eco Club has grown massively: Some of our activities, projects and strategies include:
Growing our own range of fruits and vegetables over (strawberries, potatoes, tomatoes, carrots, lettuce, cabbages and herbs).
Implementing recycling bins throughout school, which means we can recycle the majority of the waste we produce. The children are encouraged to dispose of their own waste during lunch-time, which helps them to understand what waste can be recycled.
Reduced our carbon footprint by looking at our Energy Performance Certificate each year and doing what we can to use less energy; Our Eco Warriors carry out termly reviews in each class looking at energy and waste and we regularly hold “switch-off weeks”, whereby the whole-school is encouraged to switch the lights off in their classroom.
Making our school environment more welcoming to animals and insects, developing natural habitats, such as log piles, nests, leaf dens and bug hotels. We have also installed various feeders around our extensive school play area, which attracts wildlife to the grounds. We have also helped our children understand the life-cycle of a caterpillar, by watching caterpillars change into chrysalides and then emerge as beautiful butterflies. The children then raise and feed the butterflies and release them into the wild!
The Eco Club have also taken part in different competitions and events, which have been arranged by the local community. In 2018, we were delighted to be involved in the art installation by Lulu Quinn, A Message in a Bottle, that was commissioned by Wirral Borough Council as part of the Tall Ships Festival. This project was focused on reducing plastic waste, and children from the Eco Club were invited along to a workshop with the artist to help in forming the huge sculpture made from one-use plastic bottles, which was then installed at Marine Point in New Brighton.
Eco Club have recently carried out a litter pick with pupils from Prenton High; we collected 4 bags of recyclable waste and 3 bags residual waste from our school grounds and the perimeter. This will now become a termly event along with Prenton High Eco Club.
The Eco-Club have also carried at “re-using” carrying-out a “Re(Love) Your Stuff”, clothing sale. This helped us to show our pupils how to recycle items people no longer wanted, which reduces waste into landfills and provide brand new / excellent condition clothing at affordable price to parents. The money raised went towards buying compost and seeds for Eco Club.
At Bedford Drive we are extremely proud of our ongoing commitment to keeping our pupils safe online.
Throughout the year, our curriculum promotes eSafety as well as supporting Safer Internet Day. To enhance this further we have trained eCadets in KS2 and now mini-ecadets in KS1, who meet weekly to prepare lessons, assemblies and challenges for their peers. Some KS2 eCadets have even been awarded with their gold badges because they have continued into their second and even 3rd year!
We have also been named an 'eCadet Gold Centre of Excellence for online safety and digital citizenship' by eCadets.
Meet our KS2 eCadets:
Here is what our eCadets have been busy learning with their classes in KS2 this year so far when they have completed their challenges.
During the summer term we will be holding a 'Keeping Up with the Kids' workshop to support parents with keeping children safe online, whilst working with them.
Further information about staying safe online can be found here:
Extra Curricular Clubs
Please see here for information about our extra-curricular clubs.