Headteacher: Andrew Drury
Wanborough Primary School, The Beanlands, Wanborough, Swindon, SN4 0EJ
Tel: 01793 790269 Email:admin@wanboroughprimary.org
Erasmus+: Small Steps for a Better World
Last updated 09.07.21
From Spring 2021 we have been running our latest Erasmus funded project called 'Small Steps to a Better World'.

This project will be raising our awareness and understanding of environmental and climate goals, in collaboration with our French partner school, Ecole du Lac. We look forward to the activities, workshops, education and enjoyment these will provide for all our stakeholders and the wider community.

Whilst the Erasmus scheme is being replaced due to the UK leaving the European Union, we have been guaranteed funding for 2020-2022 to enable this to happen.

Beetle Buckets 6th & 7th July:

Our latest project for Term 6 is to create habitats for beetles by re-purposing old plastic buckets.

Groups from Years 2, 4 & 5 have created these bijou beetle habitats around the school site - look out for the signs!

This is part of a wider campaign being promoted by the Wildlife Trusts and The Royal Horticultural Society in their Wild About Gardens scheme.

You can do this at home too - see below:

More about beetles and this project

beetle bucket instructions

Front Garden Bric-a-Brac:

On Sunday 27th June, we ran our first Front Garden Bric-a-Brac sale in support of the theme of the 3 Rs of "Reduce, Reuse and Recycle".

Read more about this event

Green Day:

Green Day has been part of the school's summer programme for 5 years, although last year it could not be held.

All the classes go to enjoy both sporting and environmentally themes activities at the Parish Council's Hooper's Field and the Woodland Trust's Warneage Wood.

This year it was three sessions on 24th and 25th June. You can read more details and see a video on the Green Day page.

Wild Flower Meadow Update 17.06.21:

It's been a tricky spring, with cold and dry weather followed by very wet and now, hot and dry. The season is as much as 4 weeks behind a typical year, particularly compared to 2020.

However, nature adapts and our wild flower meadow area is beginning to develop. Now that it is not being cut, the grasses themselves plus buttercups, daisies, dandelions, clover and many other species which were already there, are able to flower and provide opportunities for pollinating insects. Also the denser undergrowth provides better cover for small creatures.

We're now beginning to see some of the plants that we have added, notably the Yellow Rattle, which was sown back in October and has been waiting for the right moment to appear.

17th May 2021:

Fantastic news!

Our partners at École du Lac's superb video about "Protect, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle" (P.3Rs) has won the Grand Prix in French schools competition "Ma classe a du talent".

Congratulations to them for a prize well deserved! Ma Classe a du Talent website

Ma Classe a du Talent screen shot

Wild Flower Meadow - the next step:

On May 4th, 5th and 6th every class took part in the process of planting the seedlings out into our planned wild flower meadow.

The children showed great enthusiasm, care and team work as they carefully transferred the delicate plants into the ground and watered them in.

If all goes well they will grow on through the summer to give us a colourful and wildlife friendly area in this part of the school grounds.

Here are pictures and video of some of the groups - each stick in the ground marks a plant.

Wild Flower Meadow

We took our first 'Small Steps' on Wednesday 24th March, when the whole school took part in a day long activity to sow wild flower seeds.

These were sown into 'plugs', each class will look after three trays of these. Once the plants start to develop, the plugs will be transferred to part of our open space at the top of the school site, which we are planning to turn into a wildflower meadow.

Wild flowers are very important to support a varied population of native species of bees, butterflies, moths and other insects as well as bringing a splash of colour to our school environment.

We have sown three different selections of seeds, with mixtures of plants to attract a wide range of creatures.

This is what we're aiming for!