Churchend School and the ECOMAD project were awarded the Eden Award at the annual Science Prize celebration, recognising the impact on science teaching in the school. The award provides funding to take a class of 30 children to visit the Eden Project in Cornwall, which is a wonderful opportunity for our children.
Environment Conservation - Observe, Monitor, Analyse, Discover
ECOMAD was a conservation project for 2014 - 2015. In July 2014, Churchend School was selected as one of nine lucky Finalist Teams for the prestigious Rolls-Royce Science Prize 2015. The competition ran from September 2014 - May 2015, when each team submitted a project video for a final evaluation.
Rani Gill, Rolls-Royce, Project Manager, Science Prize, said: “Rolls-Royce has long advocated science teaching in schools. Now in its 10th year the Rolls-Royce Science Prize has encouraged teachers to improve science teaching and inspire children with exciting, intellectually stimulating and relevant science education. Churchend Academy has risen to the challenge and has put forward an excellent proposal. I wish them the very best in the competition.”
The ECOMAD project was established to inspire the citizen scientists in the Churchend community and facilitate the introduction of the new Science and Maths curriculum. Throughout the year, children across the school were engaged in an exciting range of environment conservation activities that saw them determining the health of the woodlands at Rushall Farm before implementing measures to help the environment flourish.
Subsequently, equipped with their knowledge and spades, the children at Churchend participated in locally organised environment conservation and woodland management activities, making a valuable contribution to the local community as well as developing a sense of pride in their local, open spaces.
Please visit these pages regularly, for updates about the project and examples of childrens' work. You can also see our project video by visiting the Rolls-Royce Science Prize finalists website.