ECO / Active Travel
ECO Warriors - roles and responsibilities
Last week we had a special delivery from Ridgeons in St Neots, thanks to Tommy and Olly Taylor's mum. Thanks to the community funding we have been given 25 railway sleepers, some gravel and liner so that we can totally overhaul our growing garden. This will be carried out by Mr Usher, of Lawn In Order, Eaton Socon who has very kindly offered to do the design and work for free. The new design will give us a living hedge of fruit plants and a herb garden, and each class or year group their own raised growing bed. The ECO committee will then be responsible for deciding with their class what they would like to grow to enable them to carry out cooking activities throughout the year. A special thank you to Charlotte and Bethany and their Dad who helped to clear the current beds for us on our Tidy up Day.
Keep posted for more pictures as the work begins.
At Bushmead, we have an Active Travel Plan, of which the purpose is to encourage as many pupils and adults as possible to walk, scoot or cycle to school as often as possible. To help us keep track of how active we are we use the county accreditation Modeshift Stars. Last Year we achieved the Bronze Award and are now working towards the Silver Award.
A copy of our Travel Policy can be found on the policy page of the Information section. Please take the time to read it.
This year, we have had a particular focus on cycling, with the support of training providers Outspoken.
In November, the current Year 5's took part in Bikeability, a course which is designed to enable children to ride safely on the road.
In April we took part in The Big Pedal. This was very well attended again, with an increase in bike and scooter counts, bikes being fixed by some members of St Neots Cycling Club and of course our well attended Big Pedal Big Breakfast. Three children took part in a Learn to Ride session with Mrs Preston and with lots of determination and a bit of practice at home they all learned to ride their bikes without stabilzers.
This half term we have been lucky enough to take part in a Bikeability Plus project run by Outspoken. This is a project with three other local schools and is funded by the County.
The project started off with a fantastic Bike Try Out Day, in which classes from Year One to Five had great fun having a go on a variety of different bikes. We even had some parents taking part after school. A great day was had by all who took part. This event also allowed the instructors to identify any non riders so that we could invite them to take part in the Learn to Ride sessions.
Over the last four weeks, all children in Early Years have had a weekly Balance Bike lesson with Adam, our Outspoken Trainer. The children have all shown a great Growth Mind Set and love the sessions; anticipating when it is their turn to go and feeling really proud of themselves when they have achieved a new skill.
In the afternoons Adam has been teaching the Learn to Ride sessions. All children who have taken part, who again have shown a great Growth Mind Set have finished the session as a bike rider! Well done everybody who has taken part!