Brookham’s Wittering Environmental Challenge
Children from Brookham have grown increasingly concerned about the environment and increasingly determined to play their part. After undertaking many initiatives in school they still felt they could do more and so Nursery, Reception, Year 1, Year 2 and Year 3 headed off to West Wittering beach on an environmental challenge with the aim of making a positive impact on the beach’s environment for the whole community to enjoy.
During their recent lessons, Brookham children, who are familiar with the motto ‘Reduce, Reuse, Recycle’ made signs as reminders to turn off taps and lights when not in use, they created bug hotels and bought water bottles to reduce their consumption of single-use plastics, but still they wanted to do more. To make the school more eco-friendly, The School Council voted to stop using glitter, the Eco Warriors encouraged the whole school to get involved in the Great Big School Clean as part of the Keep Britain Tidy campaign, yet still the Brookham children wanted to do more. The children talked to each other, they watched programmes highlighting today’s environmental threats and researched Greta Thunberg’s international climate change campaign. They knew that the time to act was today, not tomorrow.
The adults listened. Both adults and children thought long and hard, eventually deciding upon an event whereby everyone at Brookham could make a positive contribution: a trip to the beach!
Each year group decided on their focus: Nursery helped make the sea lovely for mermaids; Reception learned about respecting the sea, dug holes to find buried plastics and even chased after litter in the strong wind; Year 1 made a whale out of jetsam and flotsam, writing a message saying ‘Save our whales’; Year 2 collected litter and made sure the beach and dunes were left tidier than upon arrival; as for Year 3, they collected litter and learned about microplastics, running beach sand through the Wittering beach ‘Nurdle’, which finely sieves the sand away, leaving the plastics on view.
Headteacher of Brookham School, Sophie Baber, says
“The entire day proved to be a fantastic success and the weather was kinder to us than it might have been! It was a windy day for a beach visit, but levels of enthusiasm were high and the whole of Brookham, undaunted, ran, dug, splashed, paddled, and carried out their environmental projects with gusto, making a positive impact on West Wittering beach’s environment for the whole community to enjoy.”
To read more about the curriculum at Brookham, please visit highfieldschool.org.uk/brookham-ages-3-to-8-/learning-at-brookham