Alpington & Bergh Apton C of E VA Primary School

Alpington Eco Summit 2021

Alpington Eco Summit 2021

Just like the world leaders meeting in Glasgow, all this week children at Alpington are focussing on the climate crisis.  We are learning about the global problems and thinking of what we can do here in Alpington to help make a difference.

Each class is tackling a different aspect of the climate crisis.  On Thursday we will be holding our Climate Summit.  Each class will contribute a speech and their proposals for changes our school can make to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide.  At the end we will vote on the Alpington Climate treaty and ask all the children to sign.  We may be asking mums and dads to sign up too!

We are part of a wider network of schools, all working hard to impact on climate change.  Click here to read our Cluster Newsletter and see what other schools have been up to.

Cluster newsletter

Click here to see the final Treaty agreed at the Summit on 11.11.21

Climate Crisis Treaty

Click here to watch the presentations

https://web.microsoftstream.com/video/ff9a7edb-fc45-4cbf-b736-4452ec6e022a

Please join our Cluster wide Christmas Jumper Swap on the 25th November.

Pictures from our Climate Protest on Friday 12th November.

 

Here is our signed Climate Treaty.  Thank you to all the parents who have signed it too!

We began the week with an assembly.  We identified some really important vocabulary we need to know and be able to use in order to understand and explain what is causing the climate crisis.

Geography vocabulary

Global, weather, climate atmosphere, seasons, equator, pole

Robins class did a great job explaining about the weather.  We talked about all the different things that affect how hot or cold a place is, including the time of year (season) and where a place is on the planet.

“At the equator the weather is hot and humid” Benjamin Yr 4

“In the winter it is cold but in summer it’s much warmer” Henry Yr 1

We explained how all of these things put together make the global (whole world’s) climate.  The climate has been stable for 10 000 years.  (That’s before the first farmers in 7000 BC – Izzy Yr 6). Although the weather changes from day to day and from place to place, over all it hasn’t changed very much UNTIL……

About 100 years ago, it started to warm up.  This has happened much more quickly in more recent times.

Science vocabulary can help us explain this.

Gas, atmosphere. carbon, oxygen, carbon dioxide, emissions.

We talked about how we need to burn fuel to generate energy to power all the things we use every day.

“The car uses petrol to make energy to make it go” Florence Yr4

“The energy for our heating comes from oil” Oscar Yr 3

We showed that when we burn fuel, carbon dioxide is released into the atmosphere.  This acts like a blanket around the world and it warms up just a little bit.

This is called Global Warming and it is starting to cause problems all around the world.  Many people are worried that world leaders are not doing enough to tackle global warming.

Kingfishers class have been learning about how electricity is generated and where our energy comes from to power the lights and computers we use in school.

Each morning when they arrive in school, there is a tray outside the classroom which is set up with a variety of habitats and farms.  Under the soil are tokens, which the children have to mine for.  Each token represents 30 minutes of electricity.  When they run out of tokens, they must mine for more to keep the lights on.

Can you spot what is happening to the habitat as the week goes on?  Can you think of another way to generate electricity rather than using fossil fuels?  I wonder what solutions Kingfishers class will come up with for our summit on Thursday?

Owls class have been tackling some big questions about the climate crisis.

Why don’t world leaders just cut emissions?

Lots of people are talking about “climate Justice” – what do you think this means?

What worries you about the climate crisis?

What can we do to make things better?

Eagles are tackling the problem of plastic pollution in the oceans.

“The problem with plastic is that most of it isn’t biodegradable.  It doesn’t rot like paper and card so instead it can hang around in the environment for hundreds of years”.  Max Yr 5

“The problem with plastic is that it’s in pretty much everything that we use.  It’s so hard to get rid of it.  There are lots of problems with plastic.  It gets in our oceans creates land frills.  We’ve even got a trash island floating in the sea.  We need to change, make a difference and save our planet” Beatrice.