The RUCST Primary Stars team is celebrating a year of working with local primary schools Redcsope and St Bede’s to increase their awareness around being more green and environmentally conscious.
Primary Stars worked alongside Redscope Primary School for around eight weeks on environmental project ‘Protect the Planet project’ which saw children become ‘eco warriors’ to generate their own ideas to help combat climate change.
The social action project saw begin planting their own forest on their school field with trees donated from a local charity Endeavour. The eco warriors also presented their own educational assembly to the rest of the school and launch an environmental themed poster competition to encourage others to reduce their carbon footprint.
As part of the project pupils will be continuing to plant trees at Thrybergh Country Park, conduct litter picking in their local community and will be actively advocating recycling in the school and community.
The pupils have also been doing daily ‘energy saving sweeps’ of the school which sees them turning lights off when no one is in the room and computers off if they aren’t being used. The eco warriors have introduced paper recycle bins in the classroom which have been donated by KCM.
RUCST has also worked closely with St Bede’s Primary School and has worked on a project on ocean rescue and awareness around single use plastic.
Trust coach Ryan Green spent time with pupils educating them around single use plastic and how it impacts wildlife and the environment.
Children created posters and took part in various educational activities to get them thinking about single use plastic.
School pupils also enjoyed a very exciting visit to Rotherham United’s ground as part of the project.
Watch this fantastic video of St Bede’s visit to the New York Stadium!
Jonny Gilberthorpe, Schools and Sports Participation Manager at RUCST, said: “Protect the planet is an excellent educational programme developed by the Premier League Charitable fund.
“It has been a pleasure to work on a programme that helps to reduce carbon emissions and encourage more sustainable behaviours and decisions – especially with our young people.
“We have been so impressed with the children working on the project and their existing knowledge of the challenges we face surrounding climate change is really impressive.
“School staff at both Redscope and St Bede’s Primary school have been a real catalyst by accommodating the workshops and social action within their busy schedule.”
The Trust will be rolling our more Protect the Planet projects in the future across more schools in Rotherham. For more information about how to get involved contact Jonny on firstname.lastname@example.org