The Sittingbourne Community College (SCC) in partnership with Kent County Council working with a selection of schools in Swale (Rodmersham Primary School, Bapchild and Tonge Primary School, Lansdowne Primary School, Murston Junior School, Milton Court Primary School, and Meadowfield.
We (SCC and KCC) wanted to educate the former primary schools of the SCC student group about sustainability in tourism, and sport and culture, and Kent’s PRIDE values, because sustainability is a key priority for London 2012.
We delivered two different workshops to each school involved. The first in sustainable tourism were delivered to all of the schools in March 2011, and the workshops in sport and culture were delivered in April/May 2011. We held discussions and creative activities around the importance of sustainability, and what we do in our everyday lives to reduce any adverse effect on the environment. The children were then challenged to demonstrate everything they had learnt over the two workshops by designing their own sustainable hotels, and presenting on an allocated country at the project’s celebration event in June 2011.
The children involved were able to identify instances where they had demonstrated the PRIDE values, and could move on to be more conscious about how they demonstrate them in the future. Their understanding of not only environmental sustainability, but also in relationships and health, has developed as they continued on to participate in curricular activities relating to what they had learnt over the course of Making it Last.
Some schools continued on to relate their learning from the project to activities and projects that followed on, for example one school has been able to relate their learnings to a botanical garden they are creating within their premises. Others commented that an environmental question appeared on a key exams paper, and that not only could they use their knowledge from the project to assist them, but also they could use information from that paper to aid them with their designs!