Primaries put planet first

6th June 1997 at 01:00
A musical story pack, the creation of a dragon's lair lined with flowers and the designing of a wildlife habitat are among the contenders for this year's Tetra Pak Award for Environmental Teaching in Primary Schools, to be announced on Wednesday.

The top school will receive Pounds 1,500 to split between the teacher and the school, Pounds 1,000 to donate to a local environmental project and a free trip to see Tetra Pak operations and managed forests in Sweden.

Among the six finalists is Ruth Levy, a teacher at Stanley Grove Infants in Manchester, whose class created an audio-visual primary resource pack, Junk Jam 4, which uses cartoons to teach children about recycling.

Another finalist, Alan French, from Stocksfield Avenue Primary School, Newcastle, enabled his pupils to transform a barren tarmac and grass area into a dragon's lair using raised flower beds and seating made of old railway sleepers.

Nottingham teacher Marie Sparrow, of Samuel Barlow School, used a design and technology project to help children redesign their run-down playground area, adding murals, a wildlife habitat and a fitnessadventure trail.

Tetra Pak managing director Ulf Brasen says: "These teachers are performing a great service for future generations and the planet."

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