Children as young as three at a Stockton-on-Tees primary school are playing their part to help protect the environment for future generations.

Eco warriors at the Ofsted rated “outstanding” Crooksbarn Primary School are involved in a wide range of initiatives as part of the curriculum as headteacher Chris Twiby explains.

“Research shows that early childhood education is essential to a child’s future success. Specifically, environmental education beginning during early childhood has several benefits on a child’s development and future.

“Positive interactions with nature and the environment teach children about their place in the world, and how they can protect it throughout their lifetimes.

“Environmental education can also ensure that we have enough scientists, advocates, entrepreneurs and everyday citizens of the future who value the natural wonders of our world,” said Mr Twiby.

The school recently celebrated ‘Earth Day’ – an annual event exploring ways to save the planet. Imaginative ideas were submitted by children from Nursery (age 3) through to Year 6 (age 11) to compete for the Earth Day Inventor prize.

Lights and electrical devices were switched off across school for an ‘Earth Hour’ and children planted sunflower seeds to support the honeybees.

Mrs Rebecca Lê, Early Years Lead at Crooksbarn, commented: “As a school, we are acutely aware of the importance of the environment to our pupils’ futures. We aim to develop their awareness of positive and negative impacts on the environment and show them the value of looking after the world in which they live.

“We strive to ensure that our children understand how they can make a difference- be it big or small.”

The Crooksbarn mission to take care of the environment continues as Reception children are preparing to visit Tinker’s Yard in Norton, a small green space neighbouring the school, to complete a ‘litter pick’.

“Creating a culture of caring for our community starts in the early years and Crooksbarn remain committed to this important cause, added Mrs Lê.

Crooksbarn Primary School has a limited number of Nursery places available from September 2021. For further information, contact Chris Twiby, on 01642 531750.