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It's good to be green.

The highlight of this week was when we went to Mill Lane playing field to do a litter pick. However, it was so much more than a litter pick. The idea was first created when we were doing a block of RE in the autumn term.  The unit talked about giving something back to the community so we had the idea of cleaning up our local environment. The weather was not kind to us at that time so we decided to leave it until a warmer time of year. 

It provided us with the perfect opportunity to collect some data for our maths learning on statistics (graphs). We sorted the rubbish we collected into different categories of things that can or can not be recycled.  Our categories were plastic bottles, metal cans, glass and paper/card. The children worked brilliantly in groups to record each piece of waste that was found on a local park that they all use.

We were amazed at the volume of litter that was found and feel like we have done a good thing to clean up our community.  We even collected some litter on the way to Mill Lane.  The children were all praised for their efforts in our weekly good work celebration assembly by receiving the joint golden award. I was so impressed with their enthusiasm and application to the task.  It also embeds the message from our play earlier in the year (Plastic Pirates) as we will prevent all of this litter from finding its way to the sea. 

Thank you to Melanie from Gorleston Community Beach Clean group who loaned us the equipment so we could carry out our duties safely and professionally. I am hoping now that this will make the children think twice about dropping litter and the importance of recycling. 

We look forward to seeing you all next Wednesday for the Key Stage 2 Sports Day (1pm). Please see the letter that went out on Monday. Reminder that they should wear a t-shirt in the colour of their house team.  Please don't worry if you do not have one as we have some coloured bibs they can put over their usual PE tops. 

With the warmer weather and with the children getting older, we are encouraging the importance of personal hygiene.  This is an issue that is also taught in RSE lessons (Relationships and Sex Education) but of course is your main responsibility as a parent. I am encouraging the children to drink plenty of water throughout the day, remove excessive clothing, dunk their hands in cold water and wear sun cream and hats outside. We also have a fan in the classroom but it is still very warm in class with lots of little bodies in close proximity. 

Have a great weekend. The secret word is 'recycle'. 

From Miss Studley and Miss T.