As part of their learning journey on endangered species, the children had been researching the plight of bees in the UK and discovered that West Sussex County Council had a Pollinator Action Plan. This plan involves changing habits, such as planting large numbers of bee friendly plants, to encourage growth of the Pollinator population. This will ensure sustainability of key flora and fauna, securing production of food.
On hearing of this plan, the pupils set about writing letters to East Sussex County Council to lobby them to do the same. Councillor Bob Standley (Lead Member for Education and Inclusion, Special Educational Needs and Disability) read every letter and asked to meet with the pupils to discuss their ideas. On Wednesday 10th July, the pupils in Years 3 and 4 were visited by Councillor Standley. He asked the children questions and answered theirs in return. It was a fantastic opportunity for the pupils to share their knowledge and passion about something they believe so strongly about.
At the end of the meeting he told the children that he would take the information to the next full council meeting and put forward Ore Village Primary Academy’s proposal.
Councillor Standley said “ The children were very thorough in their research and put forward a strong argument for a Pollinator Action Plan.