Teams from four Primary Schools in the Big Local DY10 area gathered at the Aggborough Suite, for an exciting Environmental Challenge organised by Big Local DY10.
The schools were invited to send teams from Year 5 and Year 6 to compete for prizes of £250 for the winners of each Year Group. St Ambrose’s Catholic Primary, St Oswald’s CE Primary and Holy Trinity sent a team for each Year group, with St George’s sending a Year 6 Team. The seven groups of children were wonderful!
Forty-two excited faces entered the room without much idea of what was in store for them! The brief had simply been - 'Teams of 6!'
The facilitator, Jayne Green of IJM Media, set the scene talking about the environment in which we live and relating the things we hear in the news to that neighbourhood, and also the impact our actions have on the world around us.
They're Off. . .
Each teams had to select a leader and a team name then debate what their environmental project would be about. They then set to work creating a ‘campaign’ with logos and posters, cutting, ripping, drawing and sticking – converting their ideas into a practical and achievable project.
The winners in each year group were competing for a prize of £250 to help them get their idea off the ground. The marketers wrote the words (watch out Sachi and Sachi!) The designers created the visuals and the teams came together to make their winning presentations.
Before lunch they were given time to prepare a Presentation of their project and practice its delivery, knowing that everyone was to be involved and that the other children would be voting in a secret ballot for their favourite project.
After lunch and a final run through each of the Teams took the floor and gave their all to passionately promoting their particular campaign. After all seven presentations were complete, each child was given a voting slip and the idea of a secret ballot was explained and how it is used in the adult world to give each person a chance to contribute to a decision. The ballot slips were counted, and re-counted as all teams polled very close. Eventually the 'Returning Office', Brenda Lines, Chair of the Big Local DY10 announced the winners.
Special Guest, Kathryn Washington, Community Safety & Partnerships Officer from Safer Wyre Forest, and a long time supporter of the Big Local DY10 programme, awarded the £250 prizes to the winning teams.
Year 5 Winners:
HOLY TRINITY SCHOOL
Team: SUPER 6
Project: STRAY SAVERS
Addressing the problems of stray animals and unwanted pets
Year 6 Joint Winners:
St George's Primary School Team: The Dragons Project: ‘Save Our Environment’
St Ambrose's RC Primary Team: Green Thumbs Project: Keeping Your Green Thumbs at the Ready
BEST TEAM PRIZE! went to St Oswald's Primary School Year 5
What the students gained . . . Teamwork, Working to Deadlines, Effective Participation, Self Management, Decision Making, Confidence, Communication, Presenting, Problem Solving, Creativity, Planning.
The Environmental Challenge Day was a superb success. The feedback from the student's taking part reflected how much they had enjoyed the exercise, with one in four saying they