From smallest of acorns a big project grows

Pupils from Pilling St John's celebrate the Comenius project
Pupils from Pilling St John's celebrate the Comenius project

A small Wyre village school has linked up with classrooms in Italy, Austria and Germany as part of a British Council funded project.

Pilling St John’s Primary is already renowned for its eco credentials and awards. But now it has gone one step further as part of a new Comenius project.

The initiative was launched at a special assembly at the school.

Headteacher Mrs Pauline Tate said the aim was to develop the school’s work as a ‘Forest School’ with a focus on learning outdoors.

She said: “It’s about learning outside the classroom to enthuse the children. It’s part of our creative curriculum that we’ve developed. It’s a completely new project. Comenius provides funding for schools to make links abroad.”

Whle staff will meet up in member countries each term, the children will update each other via email,blogs and Face Time. The aim is to share experiences and expertise and learn from different schools in different cultures.

This term St John’s will be looking at plant life in forests. Pupils are now studying how to identify trees.

The children were joined by parents and grandparents to plant conkers which they hope will ensure a plentiful supply of conker trees in the Pilling area in years to come.

These activities coincided with RHS and Wyre Council initiatives to encourage grown ups to get growing and participation in Older Person’s Week.

The pupils have also been learning how to support the work of the Forest Stewardship Council by buying products bearing the FSC logo - which means the wood used has been replaced by planting another tree.