Eco primary school winners – East Ruston Primary School

Learning through nature is the ethos of East Ruston Primary School.

Through the creation of a wildflower meadow, native hedgerow, vegetable garden, pond and outdoor classroom the school involves all children in a range of outdoor activities, including pond dipping, insect surveys, willow work and environmental art.

"It’s possible to cover all the learning objectives for reception and pre-school children through using our outdoor resources,” teacher Lesley Marshall says.

“We build fires and use the charcoal for mark making. We use berries and leaves from the trees to make different colours. Lifecycles are learnt about from watching our chicks hatch and tadpoles develop. But most of all, the children just love being outdoors – especially those that find it hard to sit still!

Winning the award has been lovely for the pupils and the school. It’s great to have the tablet devices too – we don’t have money to buy things like that! I’m retiring soon, but hope the school’s connection to nature will continue after I’ve gone.”

Find out how you can apply for a Norwich and Norfolk Eco Award.