Crook COP 26

Published on Wednesday 17 November 2021 by Mr Askew.

Last week, the children of Crook Primary School and from our linked schools, including schools from Zimbabwe and Tanzania participated in our own mini-conference inspired by COP 26, which resulted in Mrs Lupton signing a pledge for the school to go carbon neutral by 2030.

To kick the day off, Megan Swann, President of the Magic Circle, shared important messages on environmental issues through a performance of amazing magic. The children were in awe at this. She then set the challenge for the children to make a pledge that they would take action on, and monitor to see the impact that we could have on climate change. The final part of the challenge was to share their intentions through an interesting way like she does with her magic.

Richard Hurst, Education Advisor for Durham County Council, then shared his message of the aims of our local council, and how children can make a difference as well as the importance of COP26.

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Each year group was given an overarching focus which they had to decide on a pledge related to. These included waste, food, environment, water, energy, travel and adaptation and resilience. The children then learned about COP 26 and the importance that it would have through lessons before discussing their thoughts on their targets and auditing the school to see if they could have an impact through their pledge.

The children had some amazing ideas and backed it up with knowledge through work they had done in the curriculum and Sustainable Development Goals. On the afternoon, the year groups worked on their presentations for our virtual assembly where they shared their pledges. The children showed amazing presentation skills through song, drama, digital presentations and other ways.

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Our final targets at Crook Primary School are:

Reception: To reduce the amount of waste

Year 1: To reduce the amount of food waste and plastic bin bags used to dispose of the waste.

Year 2: To improve an area of the school field to make it a more suitable habitat for insects.

Year 3: To save/conserve water.

Year 4: To reduce energy consumption in school.

Year 5: To reduce the amount of children coming to school by car.

Year 6: To save energy and switch to renewable sources.

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Our cluster schools had also produced amazing ideas, pledges and work. Each year group at Prince Bishops Primary School (Bishop Auckland) joined Crook in making pledges as well as sharing images of concern and hope in their school. The children of The Oaks (Spennymoor) have been looking at climate change and actions that they could take including reducing water use and the impact bees can have. Children from Reception and Year 5 at St. Stephen's (Willington) joined us in pledging to make a difference. Our international friends from Zimbabwe at Stanley Primary School shared that as part of their sustainable resource management the children collected waste from around the school and created new products. The products they created were plastic rugs, moving toys and jewelry.

It has been amazing to see the ideas that our young ones have had and the impact that they want to have. Now, it's up to everybody to support them in making a change and sticking to our pledges.