AIR POLLUTION PROJECT

Y5 have delivered the results of their investigations into air quality around the school site and on the main approach routes. The project, launched back in February, has seen  a number of our Y5 and Y6 pupils working alongside environmental scientists to investigate threats to their local environment and formulate plans to tackle them.

Measuring air pollution using diffusion tubes

If you have been following the blog, you will remember that Jennifer Biggs from Modeshift worked with a group of Y6 Lakeside pupils to position diffusion tubes around the school site and on the main approach roads.

The tubes were placed in order to find the levels of Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) present in the air. This gas, which can be a danger to health, comes from petrol and diesel vehicles.

The tubes were sent back to the lab where they were tested and the results were sent back to school.

Air pollution van

An air pollution monitoring van also visited the school. The quality of the air was measured during half term and on a normal school day.

Interpreting the results

Nitrogen Dioxide ( NO2 ), Ozone ( 03 ) and tiny particulates ( PM10) can be all found in the air we breathe and can all be harmful to health. The levels of all three were measured.

Jenny worked with a group of Y5 pupils to interpret the results and to build a presentation which was shared with KS2 children on Thursday 13th July.

You can share their presentation and findings by downloading the PowerPoint.

Lakeside Air Pollution Assembly

 

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Summary of the results

Air pollution was higher during the school commute times.

Air pollution was much lower during half term.

The highest levels of pollution were collected along Hatherley Road.

Air pollution levels recorded in the playgrounds were not as high as expected.

How can we help reduce air pollution

We were lucky to be joined by Louise Boyle (Senior Environmental Officer). She explained how Cheltenham Borough Council are monitoring air pollution in the same ways as we have been and explained how the council are acting to help reduce air pollution. She spent some time answering questions offered up by the children.

As part of our Eco Schools work we will be looking at how we can work together as a school community to minimise air pollution around the school site and neighbouring roads.

Our results show that the best way to do this is by minimising the number of car journeys to and from school. The results and the work undertaken by the children will also feed into our School Travel Plan. More on this next year!

In the meantime we would like to thank Modeshift, Jennifer Biggs, the scientists manning the air pollution van and Louise Boyle for their help and support.

 

 

 

 

Interpretation

Children across KS2 have been learning about various aspects of gardening:

Using water wisely

Companion planting

Gardening with nature

Crop rotation

Composting

Nutrients

They have created cartoons and text to help their fellow pupils understand the concepts.

A huge thank you to Ravensworth for their kind assistance and for making such an amazing job of printing out our signs!

 

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Kitchen Garden & African Keyhole Garden

We have been working hard to maintain our growing areas.

The African Keyhole Garden has an integrated compost basket in the centre. Nutrients from the composter (kept well watered) are flushed into the soil. These gardens are saving lives in Africa. You can find out more at the Send-A-Cow website.

We are growing beans, maize, chard, squashes, nasturtiums and marigolds. Nasturtiums and marigolds help to attract beneficial insects and repel harmful ones.

 

 

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Pond dipping

Y1 are the first Lakeside pupils to make use of the Wetland Project established in the summer/autumn of 2016.

The Wetland Project comprises of four easily accessible wildlife ponds, designed to make pond dipping possible for all pupils in the school.

We found newts, water snails, frogs, tadpoles and a wealth of pond insects.

 

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Designing a water feature

Y3 and Y4 have been investigating different kinds of water feature. They have studied cut-away diagrams of pond pumps to see how the water is forced around the feature. They have looked at how the water circulates.

” I have learnt how a pump forces water upwards.” Lewis

“I have found out about the different kinds of water features.” Rupert

“I enjoyed drawing the diagram.” Thomas

“I enjoyed looking at the different types of water features.” Louis

A Reflective Garden For Lakeside

We have been working hard to develop our outdoor spaces.

We haves places where we can grow and experiment with growing. We have places where we can get closer to and study wildlife. We have spaces where we can play sport. We have places where we can play imaginatively. We have places where we can tell stories.

At Lakeside we think it is important that every pupil has the chance to take part in the design, planning and building of our spaces. This is why the whole school is coming together to think about a new type of space – a Reflective Garden.

Our Reflective Garden will be a space where children can go as a class or in small groups to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday school life, to think, reflect on an aspect of their learning, or just be inspired by the beauty of the environment we have created together. It will be a garden that celebrates unity.

We are taking our first steps in the design of a space which will continue to evolve over time.

Every pupil from Y1 to Y6 has had a chance to select their favourite images of features from an extensive bank of ideas. The ‘Happy Africa Club’ have put together their own Mood Board.

We will keep you updated.

 

 

 

 

 

Creating our new Eco Codes

Eco Codes help us to tell the school and wider community what Eco schools at Lakeside is all about. As we are a large school, we have decided to have more than one- look out for them in a corridor near you!