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In connection with the Week of the Forest, the Director of the City of Stara Zagora, Eng. Ivan Chergelanov, is a guest at "Kiril Hristov" Primary School. In the "Nature" Hall, he presented the film "The Promise" to the students, through which they got to know the profession of the forester and the benefits of sanitary felling in the Bulgarian forests. With the help of a presentation, Eng. Chergelanov told about the types of trees in our homeland and the various animals that inhabit our forests. The students participated in a small quiz whose questions were related to the presentation.

The most interesting part of the meeting was the practical one: recognizing the age of a tree on its cross section by the number of rings, determining the age of a deer and naming the branches of its antlers.

Eng. Chergelanov presented each child with a cher tree shoot, which the students must plant in a suitable place and help enrich biodiversity. The students, in turn, planted a tree in the school yard that they had grown.

The guests of the event were the director of the school Mr. Balkchiev and the deputy directors Katya Georgieva, Mariyana Yotova and Penka Mandjukova.

On 10.02 - the International Day of the Beekeeper, students from "Kiril Hristov" Primary School told what they know about the most important insects on our planet. The children learned about the problems and the consequences related to the disappearance of bees and discussed ways in which they can contribute to solving them. The students showed their concern and love in beautiful drawings which they arranged in an exhibition in the classrooms.

The students from "Kiril Hristov" Primary School, Stara Zagora, with great enthusiasm took on the role of Discoverers and are happily involved in activities that protect nature. They tested their knowledge of biodiversity and were able to name the names of different types of plants, insects, birds and animals. They shared ways to protect nature and gave examples of how we can take care of the flora and fauna.

The children planted acorns on the Red Oak with great care and the hope that they will be able to grow young trees, with which they will subsequently enrich the biodiversity of their native region.

For another year, "Kiril Hristov" Primary School, Stara Zagora, is participating in the European Exchange of Christmas Decorations, organized by Europe Directno. This is a cultural exchange project in which elementary schools make Christmas toys to send to other schools all over the world. Europe The aim of this project is to educate young people in primary schools about other EU countries through creative and fun activities.

For another year, the students got involved and made different decorations and Christmas decorations with their teachers from waste materials. All classes from 1st to 7th grade provided the selected and most beautiful cards and toys with brief descriptions of the traditional customs characteristic of Bulgaria and the region. We give special thanks to the fifth graders of the school because they were the most active.

On October 4, 2021, on the occasion of the International Day of Animals, an innovative multidisciplinary lesson on the topic "I learn about animals to protect them" was held with students from the V "c" class at the "Green Balkans" Rescue Center.

Education in natural sciences and mathematics is based on knowledge from such subjects as biology, chemistry, physics and astronomy, which in the junior high school stage are collected in the subject - man and nature. In addition, it helps students to develop their skills in a healthy environment, in understanding environmental problems and realizing that knowledge of natural sciences is of great importance to humanity in its social, political and economic life. The natural world is complex and comprehensive, and students should not be taught separate science subjects. We need to analyze the common points of contact, the common subject areas in science and mathematics that are closely related to the everyday life of students, universal concepts and sustainable models that step on models of understanding of living and non-living nature. In the binary lesson, topics were selected from the subject areas of man and nature and mathematics, which allow the integration of knowledge at the beginning of the fifth grade.

The guests of the innovative lesson were representatives of RUO - city of Stara Zagora, Mrs. Deyana Dimitrova - senior expert in mathematics, Mr. Kuzman Kuzmanov - senior expert in natural sciences and ecology and Mr. Balakchiev - director of OU "Kiril Hristov" -Stara Zagora.

Initially, Mrs. Yordanka Vasileva - a representative of the "Green Balkans" SC, introduced the students to fascinating stories about each bird currently living in the rescue center. The children learned that the center shelters wild animals in distress from all over the country. Here they are treated and after full recovery are released back into the wild. Also, the work at the center is related, in addition to treatment, to rehabilitation, and to the reproduction and return to nature of rare and endangered wild animals. Unfortunately, some of the patients are seriously disabled and despite the care given by the team, they cannot fully recover. Such animals remain forever residents of the Center. Daily care is taken for them, for which additional funds are needed.

After the fascinating stories about the rare birds, the students from the innovative fifth grade at the "Kiril Hristov" Primary School - Stara Zagora, decided to adopt the raven Alo and to support the Rescue Center with funds for his livelihood for three months. Thus, the fifth-graders set an example to their classmates that they should be empathetic and donate to socially beneficial causes. They call on more of their classmates to get involved in this cause to save animal species that are increasingly disappearing.

Mrs. Ekaterina Yovcheva - senior teacher of mathematics, and Mrs. Veneta Kirkovska - senior teacher of biology and health education, presented in a non-standard way the opportunity to assimilate and consolidate the students' knowledge of man and nature and of mathematics.

The innovative lesson continued by dividing the students into four groups. The formation of the groups was done randomly through a game that leads to their concentration and readiness to work. Each group had a worksheet where they had to solve math problems, recognize birds and look for interesting facts about them. In addition to the specific educational tasks, the students showed that they can analyze, compare and summarize facts; to establish causal relationships; to organize their joint work to achieve a final result. In working in groups, the main point was cooperation - cooperation within the team, cooperation between teams. During the lesson, students used digital devices to search for additional information on the studied content.

The main emphasis of the work was the non-traditional learning environment - outside the classroom, which is also part of the school's innovation.

At the end of the lesson, the fifth graders received an official Certificate of Adoption of the raven Alo.

Students were convinced that nature's treasures for our planet are the millions of species we know and love, and many more that remain to be discovered. Unfortunately, human beings are irreversibly disrupting the balance of nature and as a result the world is facing the largest extinction of species since the extinction of the dinosaurs more than 60 million years ago. But unlike the fate of the dinosaurs, the rapid extinction of the species in our world today is the result of human activity.

The fifth graders concluded that people's unreasonable lifestyles - climate change, deforestation, habitat loss, displacement of alien species, trafficking and poaching, unsustainable agriculture, pollution and pesticides, etc., whose impacts are very broad, lead to loss of animal species, and we must take care of their species diversity to exist for future generations

Young ecologists from "Kiril Hristov" Elementary School celebrated the European Mobility Week

Students from Kiril Hristov Primary School, led by Ekaterina Yovcheva and Veneta Kirkovska, took part in the celebration of the European Mobility Week, which takes place from September 16 to 22, 2021. On September 20 in the Green Wedge park, graduates of the two initiatives female teachers took part in a thematic discussion and took part in an informative quiz, organized together with representatives of RIOSV - Stara Zagora. The students then visited the site and looked with interest at the laboratory that measures the cleanliness of the city's air. For their ecological thinking and their curiosity, the young ecologists were encouraged by receiving gifts from RIOSV - Stara Zagora.

During the Mobility Week, the students decided to actively use environmentally friendly means of transportation such as scooters, bicycles, rollerblades and others. The idea of the students of Mrs. Jovcheva and Mrs. Kirkovska is in line with the aim of the European Mobility Week - to improve public health and the quality of life by promoting movement by means that do not pollute the environment. In this regard, the children find a variety of practical solutions for mobility in populated areas, with which they can draw attention to the environmental problems of cities worldwide, among which is air pollution.

European Mobility Week is an annual initiative of the European Commission to raise awareness of sustainable urban mobility. This year marks its 20th anniversary edition, ending on September 22 with the traditional Car Free Day. The main theme for 2021 is "Sustainable mobility for a safe and healthy lifestyle".

"At Kiril Hristov Primary School, one of the priorities is traditionally the environmental education of the students," noted Mr. Balkchiev, director of the educational institution. Over the years and to this day, teachers and students carry out numerous initiatives related to the protection of nature and the cleanliness of the environment. All of them affirm "Kiril Hristov" Primary School as a modern, modern school, which holds both the achievements in the educational process and the development of environmental and health education. In this way, students are built not only as knowledgeable and capable young people, but also as individuals with a value system based on the principle of sustainable development and with a view to the future of our common home - the Earth.