PUPILS at Forest & Sandridge School celebrated Wonderful World week last month with workshops, poems and plenty of time spent outside.
Acting Deputy Headteacher Vicki Liddell said, “Our Wonderful World week began with an inspirational workshop for the children by the poet Martin Kiszko who writes ‘green’ poems, poems about environmental issues. The children were inspired by his poetry and have gone on to write their own ‘green’ poems on pieces of rubbish that would have been thrown away. The Key Stage 1 children wrote Kenning Poems about endangered animals.
“Key Stage 2 children have worked hard with Mrs Bacon, one of our teachers to build an outdoor musical instrument area made from wood donated by Wickes hardware store in Trowbridge and copper piping donated by Trowbridge Scrap Yard.
“Other activities this week have included making sock puppets from old, odd socks, and puppet theatres made from cardboard boxes, as well as making musical instruments from old tins. Year 5 and 6 children worked in science to look at the waste left in their lunch boxes. They concluded that to reduce waste, amongst other things children should eat their crusts!”
Mrs Bacon, Eco Schools leader, Key Stage 2 teacher and outdoor learning teacher, said, “It has been great to see the whole school embrace the theme of ‘Our Wonderful World’. The children have learnt about environmental issues across the curriculum and have been so enthused and motivated by the topic.”
A key stage 1 child said, “I loved writing my poem about a lion on some cardboard that would have been thrown away. Martin spoke really loud and he writes lots of really good poems.”
A key stage 2 child said, “I’ve liked learning when Martin came in because we got to bring in rubbish that we were throwing away and we got to write poems on them.
“We have learnt lots about recycling. We learned that you can’t recycle all plastics; before this week I thought that you could, but you can’t. We made recycling posters.”
The week ended with a celebration assembly with parents on Friday afternoon where the children show cased some of their learning and creations from the week.