Archive for the ‘eco fun / educational activities’ Category

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corridor glazing installed

December 3, 2007

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ground floor corridor window designs

November 21, 2007

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Design key requirements:
monochrome (no colour)
transparent so as not to obstruct light
site responsive and educational

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images of school children with flower motif (child’s drawing) have been constructed with reference to the ‘golden section’ or Fibonacci numerical series.

The idea references the ‘golden section’ & was prompted by a conversation with Tom Mason – we mentioned how the hall seemed of cathedral proportions & Tom thought the ‘golden section’ may have been used in it’s architectural design.

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The flower drawings in the design illustrate the Fibonacci number series:
1>2>3>5>8

In the 12th century, Leonardo Fibonacci discovered a simple numerical series that is the foundation for an incredible mathematical relationship behind phi.

Starting with 0 and 1, each new number in the series is simply the sum of the two before it. 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89, 144, . . .

Divide any number in the Fibonacci sequence by the one before it, for example 55/34, or 21/13, and the answer is always close to 1.61803. This is known as the Golden Ratio, and hence Fibonacci’s Sequence is also called the Golden Sequence. (http://goldennumber.net/fibonser.htm)

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This image illustrates use of the Golden Grid™ – you can print the “Golden Ruler”© grid and use it to see the golden section and phi in various objects. (http://goldennumber.net/images/goldenrulercard.gif)

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The Growing Schools Garden;

May 30, 2007

.. a route to learning, was first unveiled at the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show in July 2002. Its aim was to demonstrate how schools can, and do, transform barren playgrounds into welcoming and exciting green spaces, providing enrichment, stimulation and learning for all pupils. A series of factsheets have been produced to show how the 21 core schools created their features for the Growing Schools Garden

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Free trees for schools

May 30, 2007

Tree For All is a new kind of movement that gives children the chance to understand nature and the power to care for it.

It’s about young people taking action today that will reap benefits for their children and grandchildren – a thriving landscape teeming with life.

The campaign aims to:

  • Plant 12 million trees throughout the UK between September 2004 and 2009 – that’s one tree planted for every child under 16. If all the trees were planted together they would fill 18,000 football pitches.
  • Involve one million children directly in planting trees through schools, community groups, public events or in their gardens.

School grounds in need of TLC can benefit from a free pack of 30 native trees (enough for a small grove or short length of hedge) which come with guidance on planting and maintenance plus curriculum-linked activities. There is more information here. Download the resources here.

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sustainable schools

May 30, 2007

The Sustainable schools website Helping schools to become more sustainable. Information, inspiration, resources and workshops for Education For Sustainable development. SUSchool is a project of the Alternative Technology Centre (ATC), a not-for-profit information and education centre on Sustainable Development. We are proud of our dynamic collaborative approach to developing education resources.

SUSchool  resources are available through membership

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71 steps towards becoming a sustainable
school.
Click to access.

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Easton’s Planet Heroes game – trumps

May 21, 2007

trumps is an online a game made by Sidharth Sharma and Easton Primary school

In the early stages of the project, the children from Easton Primary School were taken on a number of hands-on trips to include @Bristol, The Centre of Sustainable Energy, The Recycling Consortium and the Living Rivers Project. Parents were also invited on the trips in an effort to extend the discussions outside of the school day. They helped to document the activities and worked with the children on set tasks.

As well as both the parents and artist documenting the sessions, the children were encouraged to use digital cameras to record them as well. This material was used as a starting point for an artistic discussion.

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‘switch off’

May 17, 2007

we have suggested a morning ‘switch off’

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the idea being to raise awareness of energy use in the school and invite staff to use this as an opportunity to do related curricula work with their classes. In support of this we continue to make links to various energy / education websites from this blog and save relevant downloads for print. These activities will range across the key stages fitting in with various subjects such as geography, science, art & citizenship.

I Count is the campaign of the Stop Climate Chaos coalition, the ever-growing coalition of more than 50 organizations.