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Our Environment

Our school is committed to reducing its carbon footprint. 

To help us with this, we continue to work to reduce our energy usage, improve our recycling efforts, encourage biodiversity when improving our school grounds and encourage healthy lifestyles.


Our environmental group is made up of the 'World Helpers' at the infants and the 'Green Team' at the juniors.

Our environmental group is made up of the 'World Helpers' at the infants and the 'Green Team' at the juniors. 1

This group is made up of representatives from every class who come together regularly with a number of grown ups, to decide how together we can improve our environment for everyone and everything living within it.


Our Environmental Promise song

Our Eco Codes show the things that are important to us.

Message from our Environmental Group

Looking for ways to find out about our plants and animals?

Click on the link below for ideas for things to make and do.


Fernwood Primary and Nursery School have been awarded the RSPB Wild Challenge Gold Award for 'doing great things for nature!'

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Green Week 2017

During Green Week we voted for the tastiest dish made from healthy ingredients during an assembly after which we all got a chance to make healthy snacks in class.
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Our environmental groups also got together to help make a new bug hotel near the new pond at the juniors. 

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Our Green Flag

 After two years of hard work, we were awarded our Green Flag
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Did you know - Recycling 1 tonne of paper saves 17 trees.

We already recycle:

Paper, card, plastic, batteries, printer cartridges, pens, reading glasses and usable clothing.

Please bring your old batteries, pens, glasses and printer cartridges into school for recycling. Collection boxes can be found in the Year 1 corridor at the infant site and at various points at the junior site.

We have Phil the Bag collections twice a year - please save clean clothing, paired shoes, handbags, sheets, duvet covers,towels and curtains for these collections that raise money for green activities and opportunities in school.

Our compost heap is filling gradually and will soon be ready for use in our growing beds and allotment.

Classes can normally make use of old newspapers and packaging for box modelling. Please ask your class teacher if they are needed. 


Listen to our favourite recycling song!

Don't put your glass pots in the trash!

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Picture 2 Up-cycling our waste packaging!
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Q. Why did the gardener plant a light bulb?

A. He wanted to grow a power plant!

We noted that lights around school had been left on unnecessarily, so we made labels and posters helping people to remember to reduce the amount of lighting used.



Did you know - Hedgehogs have been declining in Britain as fast as tigers have been declining worldwide.

We love animals! We have all been learning about animals around us and those further afield. Some of us even look after Woolly at the weekends and during the holidays!



After an assembly about hibernating hedgehogs, we made our hedgehog friends a home in our school grounds for the winter.

It was then competition time to design a logo for Nottingham in Bloom and the city council's campaign to save our local hedgehogs!

Well done to Kara whose hedgehog Logo is a runner up and will be displayed in Victoria Centre later in the year!
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School Grounds

Did you know - Playing outside helps you concentrate in lessons.

We are continuing to develop all of our outdoor areas to help take learning outdoors. 

After creating our Nursery outdoor areas, we went on to create an allotment area along with recycled bottle greenhouse and raised beds. We even managed to grow our own veg which we sold at the summer fair!


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When we added classrooms to the juniors, we built a new pond for the newts and helped to plant it up. Year 2 went to investigate which new creatures had already moved in!
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Can you think of exciting ways to use our school grounds? If so, tell your World Helper or Green Team representative and maybe we can make it happen!

Healthy Living

Did you know - Drinking 6-8 glasses of water a day will help you stay healthy.
Do you always make healthy choices? 
How did you do collecting stickers on your Footprints card? Maybe you could ask to go on walks more often, especially in the good weather.
Green Week this year was all about making healthy food choices.


Did you know - You can be charged £75 for dropping litter in the street.
There seemed to be a lot of litter in the front playgrounds. Remember to put all your rubbish in the bin - or better still, RECYCLE IT!
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Did you know - Only 1% of the world's water can be used by humans - it's important not to waste a drop!

We noticed that some taps were left running. Remember to turn off drippy taps!



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Global Perspective

Did you know - Just £2.50 is enough to buy a mosquito net that will keep a child alive in Uganda.

Little things we all do can make big differences in the wider world. Mrs Orme told us about Fairtrade in assembly - remember to choose Fairtrade chocolate as a treat this Easter!


We raise money to help people, animals and plants all around the world to have healthier lives.

We especially enjoy our elf walk around Wollaton Park at Christmas!

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We collected footprint stickers when we walked to school or at the weekends. 

During our recent Traffic Week of Action, we worked together with our community and the city council and Councillor Battlemuch to try to find safer ways to arrive at school.

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