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10/07/24

We can’t wait to welcome you all for the teddy bear’s picnic tomorrow! Don’t forget to bring a tasty snack, a drink and, of course, your favourite teddy bear! 🧸 pic.twitter.com/Obd4Uo8TZe

09/07/24

A lovely way to practise your writing skills this summer and bring some smiles to our friends at Layston Grove ❤️ send a post card from your holiday! pic.twitter.com/fnH25iFd7C

04/07/24

This morning, children in Oak class used the app Chatter Kids to make their Lego game come to life! Check out their awesome story: The Made up Pirate Ship 😎 pic.twitter.com/3BkgkJ9f7F

03/07/24

A History lesson in early years… Phones through the ages 🤣 pic.twitter.com/a0r5CXC5Sg

28/06/24

Parents! Are you interested in joining the PTA and helping us to raise funds for the school? Send your name and number to buntingfordfspta.com and we will add you to the group! ❤️ pic.twitter.com/3QhgHzvJfd

26/06/24

It’s our big summer day tomorrow! Sports’ Day at 1:30pm, followed by our PTA Summer Event from 3-5pm. We can’t wait to see all of our wonderful families 🤩 pic.twitter.com/8l45SjNuAU

25/06/24

Why was the school closed today? All teaching staff have been at a Scholar’s Trust primary conference, learning new strategies to support learning, particularly in oracy:https://t.co/46WUqAaqdcAsk your child the question below and record their answer in the comments! 😁 pic.twitter.com/glfDMcQlQg

18/06/24

🚨 BREAKING NEWS! 🚨 The naughty pea has taken over the nursery garden… if you catch any stray peas, please contact nursery. Thank you! pic.twitter.com/68ZabYpmGL

10/06/24

For their snack this morning, nursery class enjoyed some lettuce they they have grown themselves in the garden! pic.twitter.com/0W5qKluhys

07/06/24

The eco club members had a great time at the eco conference. They participated in lots of activities and learnt lots about the importance of pollinators. Did you know that hummingbirds play a vital role in the pollination of many different species of plant life?! pic.twitter.com/KJEe7osJ7C

06/06/24

The eco club members were thrilled to receive their green flag. They were proud to hang it and celebrated with some gardening in the sun! pic.twitter.com/bsQLc8mB11

31/05/24

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? NO! It’s the super kids! Calling all superheroes to class on Monday… 🦸‍♂️🦸‍♀️ pic.twitter.com/oD8T5zJmnT

30/05/24

Families of Buntingford First, get ready! Our summer celebration will be on Thursday June 27th, after sports day! Stay tuned for more updates next week… ☀️🎉 pic.twitter.com/m2Nji1AgBy

23/05/24

YAAAY! We did it! A HUGE thank you to our eco committee for their efforts in helping us achieve our very first Eco Schools Green Flag! Caring for our planet is everyone’s responsibility. We would also like to thank each and every student for participating. pic.twitter.com/lsMWkCbCp7

22/05/24

We had a wonderful time meeting our new animal friends. We met Winston the bearded dragon, Malcolm the leopard gecko, Neville the snake, Marvin the giant African land snail, Remy the hamster and Gertrude the wide mouthed tree frog! pic.twitter.com/TyH9N6t76Q

21/05/24

Nursery class are definitely passing through an enclosing play schema! This is when they like to enclose themselves and toys in buildings and boxes. Through this schema they are showing an interest in shape and space! pic.twitter.com/Xtec8FBC23

16/05/24

A huge THANK YOU to our Buntingford PTA for providing us with our caterpillars. We have loved watching them transform into butterflies! KS1 & KS2 enjoyed releasing theirs. EYFS are still waiting for a few to emerge ☺️ 🦋 pic.twitter.com/vDGIVEboon

10/05/24

Buntingford First School is a Climate Action award winner!Read the full story https://t.co/v6ARrBnIU8

09/05/24

Our eco committee: saving the world, one tree at a time! 🌳 pic.twitter.com/7OMzGFbBuV

08/05/24

We are working towards earning our silver award from the 🌳 today we completed the viewpoints challenge, exploring nature from different perspectives! pic.twitter.com/hdM2MfbIcz

02/05/24

The eco committee have been hard at work planting a wildflower area to support pollinators. They produced posters to encourage others to do the same! 🐝 pic.twitter.com/BUEFKZhRSX

30/04/24

Well done to some of our friends for their litter picking efforts at the weekend! Remember, we have four litter pickers you may borrow, just ask your class teacher! pic.twitter.com/Y9bTJvv6Z9

30/04/24

In nursery we have some very strong and brave little ladies! 💪😀 pic.twitter.com/LjtwuHKOCx

26/04/24

Finally it’s here! Head over to our new instagram page and follow us ❤️ pic.twitter.com/PJ3aEYenWJ

25/04/24

It was a busy afternoon for the eco committee today! pic.twitter.com/IWBQcAveBx

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Education for Social Responsibility (ESR)

Education for Social Responsibility (ESR) 

 

Why is ESR important?

We believe in preparing our children to be well-rounded citizens of whom we can all be proud of; enabling our children to flourish in an ever-changing world.  We believe in having the children at the heart of everything we do, and part of that is enabling our children to be life-long learners and prepared for their future. As part of this, we offer an ESR (Education for Social Responsibility) curriculum which gives children the knowledge and understanding about the world in which we live. There are extensive ground and facilities to support a broad and balanced curriculum with plenty of opportunities for outdoor learning.

ESR is vital for our pupils to acquire the knowledge and skills that will support and enable them as life-long learners to make a difference on a local, national and international scale.  The world is changing at a rapid pace and we need to ensure that our children are prepared for the world of tomorrow; this is why our strap-line is, ‘Education for a Changing World’.

Sustainability is at the heart of our building as a net-zero, Passivhaus school.  It is also central in our curriculum too with dedicated ESR sessions in Year 1-4 as well as thematic days and weeks spread throughout the school calendar.

All our houses groups are also named after inspiration people who are icons in the world of sustainability House System - Buntingford First School

When is ESR taught?

ESR is taught through thematic units in the Early Years.  This then progresses to weekly ESR sessions in years 1-4.

How is ESR taught?

ESR is taught through seven different overarching strands. Learning takes place both inside and outside the classroom.

What do we learn about in ESR?

We have seven different strands which are taught in Key Stage 1 and then built upon in lower Key Stage 2. In addition to this we also learn about our unique building and why it is so special in terms of its sustainability.

We learn about Ethical Trading; Fulfilled Lives; Ecosystems; Climate Change; Water Scarcity; Biodiversity; Finite Planet as well as learning about our own school building.

We are very lucky to be the first school in Hertfordshire to be built as a net-zero school.  Around the school you will see different signs that explain the features of our building and how they enable us to be more energy efficient.

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How do we assess and monitor ESR?

ESR work is summarised in our floor books.  Each class has a floor book that celebrates the learning we do around sustainability.  Children also get the opportunity to share their learning in assemblies, the school newsletter and with the wider community.

Forest School

As part of our curriculum, the children also have forest school sessions.  Further details of this wonderful provision can be found on our Forest School - Subjects - Buntingford First School page.

Our Sustainability Journey

Please see Sustainability at BFS - Buntingford First School for examples of how we support our learning about sustainability here at Buntingford First School.

Eco-Committee

We are lucky to have a group of dedicated pupils who care passionately about our environment.  Miss Hunter meets regularly with the group to facilitate their ideas about the development of sustainability at our school. 

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Eco School Award - Green Flag

We are delighted to have been awarded the Green Flag award for our work on sustainability. 

Our eco committee have worked hard to collect evidence of our efforts. Every single student has contributed to our work in their Education for Social Responsibility (ESR) lessons. Saving the planet is everyone’s responsibility! Here are some highlights from our feedback…

"It was amazing to see that all of the Eco-Committee participated in completing the Environmental Review. And that they all had a voice and their many comments were recorded. Even though you have a brand new carbon neutral school, your young Eco-Committee was still able to find areas of improvement."

"The Action Plan you have submitted has fun and engaging learning experience for little ones. This is a great approach to foster a long-term interest from an early age. The bee corridor and the pond sound like great projects."

"Your curriculum links come from a variety of subject areas, they’re very good examples of innovative and engaging environmental education!"

"It was super to learn that the children are more aware of their individual impact and how they can make a difference."

"We are more than happy to read that your greatest success is the enthusiasm of the students and the support from the parents. You can achieve so much when you have so much positivity."

T H A N K   Y O U to all of our Buntingford families for your support.

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Green Tree Awards

Buntingford First School has been awarded the bronze and silver level Green Tree School's Award. The award, from The Woodland Trust, encourages outdoor learning and inspires pupils about trees, woods and wildlife. Schools are rewarded for doing environmental projects such as tree planting, reducing CO2 emissions and visiting local woods. Over 14,000 schools are taking action to help the environment. To achieve the Bronze Award, we needed to elect our own tree mascot, Chico the red panda, show that we are a net-zero carbon school and learn about the importance of planting new trees. In the coming terms, we will be planting our own trees, hosting a tree decorating party and visiting local woodlands to earn our silver badge.

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Bronze Travel Plan

We are also working towards achieving the bronze travel plan in partnership with the local authority.  We are on track to have this accreditation by the end of this academic year.

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