Highfield and Brookham pupils mark Earth Day

Earth Day was celebrated recently at Highfield and Brookham Schools. Pupils took part in a series of special activities investigating climate change and exploring the natural environment.

Highfield and Brookham pupils mark Earth Day
Highfield and Brookham pupils took part in a day of environment-themed activities (Photo: Highfield and Brookham Schools)

Pupils at Highfield and Brookham Schools demonstrated their commitment to tackling climate change with a celebration of Earth Day recently.

In a change to regular lessons, the children embarked on a series of day-long green activities aimed at protecting the natural environment: everything from the creation of colourful mini-Earths by the pre-prep's youngest cohort, to the design and production of workable wind turbines by Year 8.

Year 2 children at Brookham recycled old milk cartons to produce decorated bird feeders while Year 3 pupils worked alongside children in Year 4 to consider the threat to wildlife caused by plastic in oceans.

They also produced beautiful ‘nature jewellery’ in the form of bracelets using recyclable materials and planted a young silver birch tree in the school grounds.

Children in Years 5 and 6 headed out of the classroom to monitor bee activity, as they considered the consequences of a threatened bee population and the potential impact on food production.

Head Phillip Evitt said: "Climate change is an incredibly serious issue that affects each and every one of us and we all have a duty to do our bit.

"These are worrying times but what gives me great heart for the future is the way in which the children at Highfield and Brookham have taken up the challenge with open minds and big hearts with a real willingness and desire to make our world a better place."