Schools from across Worthing, Adur, Arun and surrounding areas, have been invited to the 11th Worthing & Adur Eco Summit in June where pupils will learn about environmental matters through fun and educational activities at the Eco Summit event. The theme of this event is Getting Back to Nature.
During the day pupils will get to attend 3 different workshop sessions, browse stands, and hear from speakers. Pupils will have the chance to share school eco successes, be involved in a produce show, swap seeds and plants, and be part of a charitable plastic milk bottle top collection.
We are delighted to announce that event sponsors, Rampion Offshore Wind Farm, will give a talk to pupils to introduce them to the wind farm off the coast of Worthing. We will also be joined by pupils from a successful Hampshire ‘Polli:Nation’ cluster (St Albans C of E Primary and The Petersfield School) who will engage attending schools with their inspiring ‘Polli’ Promise.
For the first time the event will feature a produce show. We are encouraging attending schools to get their pupils to grow vegetables, fruit, salad, herbs and flowers in school grounds to bring along to the event for judging. With a range of entry classes to choose from there is something for everyone:
· Vegetables (Carrots, Courgettes, Peas, French Beans, Cabbages, Misshapen veg or other)
· Salad (Lettuce, Rocket, Tomatoes, Spring Onions or other)
· Fruit (Strawberries, Rhubarb, Fruit bush or other)
· Culinary Herbs (Basil, Parsley, Chives, Dill or other)
· Creative (Flower arrangement in a plastic bottle, floral art with a ‘Getting Back to Nature’ theme (A3 max), savoury dish made from school grown produce, a vegetable animal, a miniature garden in a plastic food tray)
Seed and Plant Swap
There will also be a seed and plant exchange stall enabling schools to bring along seeds and plants that they have grown and swap them with other seeds and plants to increase the variety of flowers, produce and biodiversity in their school grounds.
Workshop Options – there are workshop options for Key Stages 1-4 inclusive
Pupils will be able to attend 3 pre-allocated workshops during the course of the day. Each workshop lasts around 45 minutes. We are delighted to offer the following workshop sessions and thank all organisations that are going to be part of the day:
· Worthing High School – ‘Solar racer workshop’ Pupils will be involved in constructing a solar powered car and will race them using only solar power. Pupils will work in teams and will look at aerodynamics and drag to produce a vehicle that is more energy efficient. To show the principle of electric vehicles pupils will get to see the Green power car that has been developed by pupils at Worthing High School. (Key Stages 2 and 3)
· Worthing College – ‘Build and race a simple electric powered cart’ will look at whether we can go forwards to get back to nature. Are electric cars the future? According to a government pledge there will not be any petrol or diesel cars on sale in the UK after 2040. So how can we make cars that do not depend on fossil fuels? In this session pupils will build and race a simple electric powered cart. (Key Stages 2 and 3)
· Southern Co-op – Workshop tbc ‘Our Local Flavours range works with over 200 supplier partners across the south and brings truly local (and tasty) food to our customers whilst enabling us to support our local rural economy and educate our communities about the importance of buying local. We are looking forward once again to sharing our passion with students at this year's Eco Summit in Worthing.’
· Lewis Crathern, Worthing based British Champion Kite Surfer - ‘Kite flying – The power of wind’ will look at the power of wind using kite surfing as a tool to discuss renewable energy (including the local Rampion Offshore Wind Farm and Salvington Mill) which is followed by kite flying on the field. (Key Stage 2 and 3)
· South Downs National Park Authority – ‘Discover the dark side of the Downs’ will look at dark night skies and impact on nocturnal wildlife. Pupils will become dark skies mini-explorers discovering why the South Downs has just been given the title of International Dark Skies Reserve, one of only 11 in the world! Pupils will take part in activities to see how animals use their senses to survive at night and how light pollution can disturb their behaviour. (Key Stage 2 and 3)
· Southern Water – ‘Water filtering’ will use different methods and substances to show how water is cleaned in the natural environment, in our historic past, and how this is different from what Southern Water now has to do with regard to disinfection, bacteria, health and the environment. This workshop will include a science hands-on experiment water filtering activity and water saving tips. (Key Stage 2 and 3)
· Sussex Wildlife Trust – ‘Wildlife gardening for schools’ This is a hands on workshop where pupils will create a small scale reptile hibernacula or pond in clear containers so children can see the habitat in profile and get a unique amphibian/reptilian eye view of these aquatic and subterranean features. (All Key Stages 1-4)
· Steve Savage (Marine Biologist) – ‘Secrets of the seashore strandline’ will focus on what we can find out about local marine biodiversity by investigating objects washed up on local beaches. Placed on an artificial beach, pupils will investigate a selection of these objects and will learn about the rich biodiversity of our local coastal waters along with threats from plastic. (Key Stage 1 and 2)
· Moving Sounds – ‘Natural percussion’ is a fully interactive, fun and energetic creative workshop. Through games and discussion pupils will explore Getting Back to Nature and other environmental themes, and will then create rhythms with bodies and voices and play an orchestra of home-made instruments and instruments made with natural materials. (All Key Stages 1-4)
· Weald & Downland Living Museum – ‘Building success!’ Using their award winning Gridshell building as a case study, students will investigate the construction of a working building using many natural materials and sustainability principals. Pupils will be challenged to reconstruct a large model of the building and then conduct an investigation into the different sustainability features designed into the building and assess its overall effectiveness. (Key Stages 2, 3 and 4)
· Sussex Green Living – ‘Wildlife eco warriors’ is a fun, informative and practical session showing the synergy between biodiversity, environmental protection and upcycling. Pupils will generate ideas about the next generation of green champions, about the way we do things individually and collectively, both globally and locally. There will be hands on creative upcycling for the garden and wildlife with pupils getting inventive with materials many would call ‘rubbish’ to create bird feeders. (Key Stages 1 and 2)
· Schools Without Walls – ‘New homes from old rubbish’ will focus on the habitats of our wildlife and how these can be developed in schools. Pupils will create invertebrate habitats from recycled and natural materials which the pupils will take back and install in the school grounds. (All Key Stages 1-4)
· Devine Design – ‘Footprint sustainability board game’ will engage pupils with sustainability by playing a card game where they will build a green economy and get pollution off the Earth. Enroute they will learn fascinating facts about the world’s environments, wildlife, waste and much more! Pupils will then produce posters to take back to their schools sharing some of the messages that they learned from the game. (Key Stages 2, 3 and 4)
· Wastebuster – ‘Little things matter’ will look at how little changes in our everyday lives can make a big difference when it comes to reducing litter and waste. Pupils will look at the impact of litter on the marine environment and investigate solutions to tackle this growing issue. The workshop aims to inform engage and inspire pupils to make a difference by helping to tackle litter in their communities and will involve pupils in a collaborative problem solving activity and a quiz. (Key Stage 1 and 2)
· Froglife – ‘Wildlife workshop: Amphibians and reptiles’ Children will learn how to create great habitats for wildlife, with a focus on reptiles and amphibians. They will use their creativity to build their ideal model wildlife garden. Exciting virtual reality games will help them to see the world through the eyes of a toad. (Key Stages 1 and 2)
· The Conservation Volunteers – ‘If you go down to the woods today!’ Suppose you had an area of woodland where you live and it was your decision how to manage the site. Pupils will work in syndicate groups with a map of the site and decide what their group would like to do with the site and undertake some hands on planning. They then discover that the woodland is very special and ancient woodland existed since 1600’s supporting a wide range of flora and fauna. How would the pupils change their plans? Pupils will develop knowledge of how vital it is to protect remaining areas of green space in urban areas, especially those of historical and ecological importance. (Key Stage 2, 3 and 4)
· Arundel Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust - ‘When the rain comes down!’ Pupils will learn about diverse wetland habitats and how habitat loss and climate change are seriously affecting biodiversity. Pupils will be challenged to build a nature reserve out of Lego bricks and create its habitat using various materials creating
the best habitat catering for both wildlife and people. (Key Stage 2, 3 and 4)
· Marine Conservation Society – ‘Explore your local marine environment’ is a workshop which will introduce pupils to the local underwater world with a particular focus on the Kingmere Marine Conservation Zone located off the coast of Worthing. Pupils will explore the marine wildlife and habitats which make this area of national significance, the importance of the marine environment to the local community and the possible threats from human activity. Key Stage 2 pupils will create a creature to add to a collaborative Kingmere MCZ art installation, Key Stage 3 pupils will design an element of a marketing campaign to raise awareness of the importance of the Kingmere MCZ, and Key Stage 4 will take part in a debate about the importance of the MCZ. (Key Stage 2, 3 and 4)
· Sussex Community Rail Partnership – ‘Safe and independent travel using sustainable transport’ is specifically aimed at pupils in Years 5, 6 and 7 and encourages pupils to use public transport for getting to school and social activities, with hands-on activities, quizzes and resources they can keep, particularly with reference to the transition from Primary to Secondary school. Pupils will learn why sustainable transport is good for the planet, compare geographical and transport maps to plan a journey, use a timetable, and look at personal safety. (Years 5, 6 and 7)
· Activ8 Health for Living CIC/Adur & Worthing Councils - ‘Happy hearts’ will teach pupils the importance of a healthy lifestyle and what this entails. Pupils will get the opportunity to explore the Eatwell plate, look at how exercise affects their bodies and make and try some delicious fruit snacks. (All Key Stages 1-4)
(Please note that the above workshops are offered based on anticipated attendance numbers. In the event that a larger or lesser amount of pupils are booked to attend the event, these workshops may be adjusted accordingly).
There will be a number of interactive stands for pupils to browse and engage with at the start of the day and during break/lunch periods. These stands will be run by a number of the workshop providers along with other organisations.
Milk Bottle Top Collection
Following the amazing success of the charitable plastic milk bottle top collection in recent years, we will again be asking schools and their communities to collect clean, standard 1 ½ inch milk bottle tops to bring along to the event. The collection will be donated to Sight Support Worthing. The plastic milk bottle tops can be any colour but please note that other bottle tops are not to be included as these are not accepted by the recycling company.
We are inviting pupils from attending schools to give a brief presentation about what they are doing in school to Get Back to Nature. This could be in any form including a short play but will need to be limited to 1-2 minutes per school.
If your school would like to find out more please contact The E.Y.E Project through the Contact Us page of this website.
PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS IS A CLOSED EVENT FOR SCHOOLS ONLY
We thank Rampion Offshore Wind Farm for making this event possible.