academic year 16/17
The aim for the 16/17 academic year was to provide the school community with more structured ‘hands-on’ and practical opportunities to learn about horticulture, growing their own food, creating and studying new wildlife habitats, as well as an indoor but very 'free' space to be artistically creative.
We have already received positive feedback from teachers and children about the many benefits of this type of activity, including learning about nature as well as the very hands-on experience of handling compost, seeds and seedings. The children also learn about weeding and are now harvesting crops of carrots, radishes and lettuces. We are also growing strawberries, potatoes, broad beans, peas, onions and raspberries! All our crops are organic.
outdoor learning development
All the growing activities can be linked to the cooking part of curriculum by helping children to appreciate food sources and have the chance to taste their own fresh home-grown food. Children are also learning the science of photosynthesis, germination and plant growth.
In addition, we have created new habitats for wild flowers which in turn promote habitats for bees and other insects. Successful planning projects have improved the visual aspect of the playground - 6 tubs with different types of plants are a focal point of the entrance to the playground.
We would like to ensure the continuity of this valuable project for many future generations to come.