Connecting with our Local Environment
Children at Kingsmead take part in a range of different activities which engage them with and involve them in their local environment.
Healthy Eating and Gardening Sessions
Our Science Garden and the outdoor space at Kingsmead provides wonderful learning opportunities for the children and allow us to offer all children the chance to develop their understanding of the natural environment. Children are involved in planting and growing seasonal plants, picking, harvesting, preparing and tasting what they have grown. This allows them to learn in a hands on way in an outdoor context while also instilling an understanding of where their food comes from and the importance of a healthy diet. This learning is consolidated through structured blocks of Cooking lessons which are offered to children in Years 3 to 6 at The Hackney School of Food, where they learn how to prepare and cook simple healthy food for themselves. The children also have sessions in the Hackney School of Food productive gardens, finding out about all the fruits, vegetables, salads and herbs that grow there as well as the School of Food chickens and bees.
Working with EcoACTIVE
We have a close relationship with the local sustainability educational charity EcoACTIVE. EcoACTIVE regularly run workshops in our school on composting, recycling and reducing energy consumption. We have worked on a number of campaigns and initiatives with EcoACTIVE over the years and were a pilot school in their Access to Nature project based on Daubeney Fields.
School Travel Plan and Sustainable Travel
We actively encourage staff, pupils and visitors to use sustainable modes of transport to travel to the school when possible. We have been awarded Outstanding Standards level by the Sustainable Travel Accreditation Scheme for our promotion of sustainable modes of transport. Our school council have taken part in Air Pollution monitoring programmes.
We work in close partnership with Concorde, our local youth centre, Immedicate Theatre, the Hackney Marsh Partnership, the Adventure playground which is situated next to our school and the Kings Park Moving Together project, who are developing Daubeney Fields to include physical activity opportunities for the local community. We also work closely with Sanctuary Housing, who managing many of the homes on the Kingsmead Estate.