ECO and Forest School
Vision and intent for ECO and Forest School
Our aim at Temple Meadow is to make teaching and learning as enjoyable as we can. To that end, we adopt an Irresistible Learning approach to our curriculum – packaging learning in a way that allows us to create memorable and adaptable learning experiences in line with statutory guidance.
At Temple Meadow we believe that ECO empowers pupils, raises environmental awareness and improves the school environment. It engages the wider local community and has many links to the curriculum.
Cultural capital considerations for ECO
Given our context linked to high levels of deprivation, we are aware of the need to support the development of Temple Meadow pupils’ cultural capital. This is key to their future success in their next stage of eduction and in future life. We plan to ensure that the experiences we provide through our ECO curriculum, and by connecting learning across subjects, gives them confidence and the capacity to succeed in the future and to support a long term aspiration of all U.K. pupils achieving in society.
Implementation of ECO
Eco is delivered in small group work with an ECO committee. The children take ownership of the ECO journey with the support of adults. The Eco committee plan, prepare and organise many aspects across school including: planting, recycling and growing. The ECO committee take what they have learnt to educate their peers. Eco is a part of learning for life and is taught in the summer term each year to all year groups as L4L Perfect Planet.
ECO is taught discreetly and there is a clear timetable slot weekly for the ECO committee. ECO is also taught through some L4L sessions. We are planning a dedicated ECO session each week.
Forest School is currently built into the EYS timetable.
Vocabulary has high focus across school. Our ECO sessions provide opportunities for pupils to explore key vocabulary at an age appropriate level.
Teachers are always mindful of inclusion and differentiation. Learning must meet the needs of all pupils.
Making connections to other subjects
We make smart links to English, Science, Geography and L4L
Eco provides opportunities for many outdoor activities. Children are involved in planting, harvesting and looking after plants and crops. Children are responsible for looking after their environment indoors and outdoors.
Reception take part in Forest School sessions.
Focus days, events or weeks may be planned throughout the year to provide irresistible teaching and learning opportunities and to promote a key aspect Eco. These are planned into the school calendar and communicated with parents.