This week is all about sustainability for Greenacres Primary children

Date published: 14 May 2021

Pupils at the Greenacres Primary Academy have been busy learning about sustainability this week as they have taken part in numerous exciting and thought-provoking activities.

Vice Principal Tim Roach said: "As part of the effort to achieve the Primary Geography Quality Mark, each year group has explored an aspect of sustainability this week, looking at both local and global issues.

"For example, Year 6 are debating the Knowls Lane housing development in Springhead, while Year 2 are learning about fair trade.

"Year 3 compared wildfires at Dovestone and California and Year 4 have surveyed traffic trends around Greenacres Road.

"Regarding the environment, Year 1 went out and removed litter from the park across the road, at the same time as Year 5 are studying the effects of plastic pollution across the world.

"As well as teaching an exciting and knowledge-rich curriculum, we regularly have special curriculum focus days or weeks relating to a specific subject, event or celebration.

"Recently, the whole school has learned about the First World War, and Annie Kenney and the Suffragettes.

"We’ve celebrated artists from across the world, and during lockdown we held a music enrichment day both in school and remotely.

"Reception learned how to balance on two wheels with Bikeability (above), while Year 1 collected so much litter from ‘Peanut Park’ that they could have filled all their bags twice over.

"Year 4 looked at the numbers of passengers in cars going along the sometimes frighteningly busy Greenacres Road as there was a hit-and-run incident recently when a young girl was knocked over and an ambulance was called.

"Today (Friday), our Year 6 pupils are welcoming a visitor from Oldham Council to talk to them about his mission on sustainability.

"Obviously, with covid, it’s been difficult to plan to do as much as we’d usually like to do, but at least it feels like a start.

"We can actually take the children outside of the school gates at last."

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