We are fortunate to have many garden areas within the school grounds including the Pizza Garden, the Quiet Area, the Y2 Patio Garden, the Reception Garden, the Hungry Caterpillar Garden, the Secluded Garden and a Sensory Garden too.
We believe that gardening provides us with the opportunity to teach most areas of the National Curriculum outside the classroom. Gardening also provides many other benefits:-
- children learn better outside
- an awareness of healthy eating
- contact with nature
- support of the sustainable schools initiative
- local and global learning
- gardening knowledge
- contact with the wider community
- physical exercise
- social skills
- improved self confidence
We have registered the school with the RHS Campaign for Schools and we will be working our way through the Benchmark Scheme. We have already achieved our Level 2 Award and we are working towards the Level 3 award.
We aim to give all of our children some gardening opportunities at some point during the year.
Our learning objectives are:-
- How to take cuttings
- How to plant plants
- Revision of parts of a plant and their function
- Revision of what a plant needs for healthy growth
- Close observation of bulbs and their store of energy
- How to plant bulbs
- How to promote beneficial creatures in the garden
- How to make a pebble hedgehog
- How to plant seeds in modules
- Observation of a variety of seeds
- How to make a seed packet
- How to make a plant sign
- How to plant a pumpkin and sunflower seed to take home
- What happens when a seed germinates?
- The benefits of growing your own vegetables and fruit
- What 'air miles' and 'carbon footprint' mean
- How flowers attract pollinating insects
- How to name pollinating insects
- How to name some flowers that are good pollinators
- How to sow lettuce, carrots, onions, peas, calendulas, sweet peas, cornflowers, nasturtiums and herbs
- How to make a healthy sandwich
Mrs Pearce, Miss Prew, Mrs Browne & Mrs Raybould are currently running a lunchtime gardening club. They will be renovating the Reception garden area and will be turning this into an Intervention & Reading area ready to be used for the Spring/Summer term. If you have any of the resources listed below that you can spare they would be very grateful to receive them.
We are delighted that Gotherington Nurseries and Toddington Garden Centre have offered to support our gardening activities where they can by providing seeds and other resources occasionally. We also hope that they will be able to come into school from time to time to see the results of our gardening efforts.
We would welcome any seeds and cuttings, tubers, grasses or bulbs which will be planted in the school grounds by children from various years during the school day.
We would welcome any kind of donations from the following wish list:-
- Garden compost
- Small plant pots (for Summer Fete)
- Watering cans (any size)
- Tubs and containers
- Aprons (PVC)
- Canes/Plant sticks
Thank you to all of our parents who bring in Tesco vouchers each year. We are able to order a huge variety of quality products which include child size trowels, spades, forks, gloves, aprons and wellies. We have also received high quality nesting boxes, insect housing and a tremendous insect study hotel! Please continue to support us each year as it really does make a difference.
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