P3 Bug Club

The past two weeks P3 have been going on Bumblebee safaris around the playground. We have lots of bumblebees visiting St Johns so it has been very exciting to spot them.


Below are a few photos of bees and children looking at bees, the first bee feeding on the lavender is a Common Carder Bumblebee and the bee flying across the lavender is a Red Tailed Bumblebee. Both are Queen bees which is exciting because it means the first colony has done well enough to produce Queens so will have another generation before the winter comes. Its a big plus of lock down that there has been less mowing and so more food for the bees! We also have an identifier sheet on the blog so we can spot the different bees and their roles.


Next week and the week after we will make bug hotels. If any children have sticks or dry materials from their gardens they would like to donate to this project we would be grateful. We will place the mini bug hotels around the playground and in the park.

Good work P3!

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Eco Schools Success!

We are delighted that after a lot of hard work and exciting projects over the last few years, we have been successful in our application for another Green Flag. This means that our status as an Eco School has been renewed for another two years, and we will be restarting our journey towards our next flag soon!

Well done to everyone who has been involved in this success, from the school staff and pupils to parents and the wider community, everyone has played a part in this. It hasn’t been easy given the lockdowns, and several plans have been postponed and cancelled so we are delighted with this certificate! Thank you!

Planting Seeds in Primary 1

Primary 1 have been collecting old plastic drinks bottles. We are now recycling them and making them into little greenhouses! We started putting the soil and water in today and soon we will be ready to choose what seeds we want to plant.

We know that our seeds need soil, water and light to grow – following on from our S.W.A.F. learning at the Botanic Gardens last week. We are planning to look after our seeds really well! DSC_0591.JPG

Eco Meeting 28.01.19

  • Register: Absent/apologies: None
  • Eco Code: Ms Mitchell showed the group the eco codes that have been handed in so far. A few people still have one to hand in so we will decide on one to be our main eco code next time.
  • Earth Hour 2019: The group discussed our promises for Earth Hour 2019, based around plastic pollution, wildlife, climate change or food system. There is a competition to design a poster to go in bus shelters before Earth Hour which closes at the end of the week. The reps all got a copy of the criteria, and anyone wishing to enter must hand their entry in as soon as possible.
  • Eco Initiatives for the School: We looked at a letter we received from a company called ‘Eco-Ties’ who make school ties out of recycled plastic. We are not sure how much the ties will cost but have decided we will contact the company and get a quote. Hannah and Gabriella also talked about an initiative encouraging schools to recycle batteries, which the school is going to get involved in.
  • Badges: The group asked about having Eco Group badges. Gabriella suggested they make their own, and the group voted to do that rather than have Ms Mitchell make them. We will do this during the next meeting.
  • Ideas from the reps: Some reps shared some ideas for fundraising and raising awareness. We thought about organising green nose day and having a dance off, we will have a think about these ideas and discuss during the next meeting.
  • Environmental Review: Ms Mitchell handed the reps in each class a section of the environmental review to complete before the next meeting. They will need to look around the school and might need to speak to staff and pupils to find out information. This will help us to write our action plan for the next couple of years.
  • Photographs were taken of the reps to go on the Eco board, which will be created downstairs opposite the GP room to display our work and eco code.

Next meeting will be on 19th February 2019.