At Holme Slack Community Primary School we aim to encourage our pupils to foster a sense of pride in their local environment and develop ways in which they can have a positive impact at a local, national and global level. Through geographical enquiry they will explore how places and people have changed and developed over time and appreciate the diversity of people’s cultures this has enabled. This greater understanding and knowledge of the world and the human and physical processes that have shaped it will empower our pupils to become globally minded with an embedded respect for, and ability to positively contribute to, the diverse cultures representative of life in modern Britain.
We are very fortunate to be surrounded by a variety of human and physical from the concrete and brick facade of school to the green pasture, woodland and Eaves Brook stream to the rear. This diversity of human and physical features provides us with the foundations on which to build our curriculum with a strong focus on our local environment that serves to capture the interest of our pupils.
At a local scale have forged strong links with the Park Ranger at Moor Park and have completed several visits with different year groups that have included planting willow trees as well as identifying different varieties of trees from around the world. Further afield we undertake trips to the seaside in Year 6, a Roman Settlement in Year 3 as well as a week long residential trip for Years 5 and 6 to Water Park set on the shore of Coniston Water in the Lake District.
In Spring 2017 we completed a clean up of Eaves Brook and released some trout fry into the stream that we had farmed from eggs in class over the autumn term. We are very proud of the fact that this dedication and hard work by our pupils earned us the Ribble Rivers Trust Gold Award.
Are you passionate about looking after your local environment? Do you feel empowered by Greta and want to facilitate a greener lifestyle for the benefit of future generations? If so then applications are now open to join our Eco-Warrior team in school. See Mrs Selby for more details.
We are currently working alongside various agencies to clear an area of land at the rear of school that we can use for Forest School learning for our pupils and those of visiting schools.
"Forest School is an inspirational process, that offers ALL learners regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in a woodland or natural environment with trees. Forest School is a specialised learning approach that sits within and complements the wider context of outdoor and woodland education." (Forest School Association, http://www.forestschoolassociation.org/).