Early Years Resources
People are part of the environment. So if we want a healthy environment, by definition we want the people living in it to be healthy too; physically and emotionally. This is such a broad topic area and an opportunity to cement the links in young people’s minds about the connections between a healthy environment and a healthy life. We know that what is good for us is good for the environment; an environmentally sustainable diet is often also a healthy diet. Huge efforts have been made to improve menus in our school canteens and Eco-Committees can work with their kitchens to source local, organic and Fairtrade ingredients to make school dinners even better. By doing this they will learn about the food chain and maybe get a chance to practice their cookery skills.
What else contributes to a healthy living? Friendship, physical activity, mental exercises, helping others, taking notice of the world around you and a whole lot more.
Project idea 1 – Five a day
Everybody should be eating at least five portions of fruit or vegetables a day and the Eco-Committee could carry out a questionnaire to find out how many people are actually doing this. They could then start a campaign to encourage everyone to eat more fruit and vegetables. This could include an assembly, some posters and even recipe ideas. The Eco-Committee should encourage the whole school to submit their own poster designs and recipe ideas.
Project idea 2 – Wellbeing
An Eco-Committee has a great opportunity to be creative under the Healthy Living topic. An Eco-Committee could set up a project that demonstrates how a lot of the most enjoyable things in life can be done without huge environmental and carbon footprints. There could be outdoor sporting events that draw on pupils’ physical energy; unplugged concerts that showcase acoustic instruments or communal singing; spoken-word events that celebrate creative writing and performing arts; and many more activities such as art clubs, book clubs, board game evenings and organised walks and bike rides. The point to emphasise is that these events can boost physical and emotional wellbeing without costing the earth.
You can find a greener version of pretty much everything your school uses; pencils, carpets, uniforms, energy. Here you can investigate how you can ‘green’ your schoolInteractive Eco-School