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Gardening

We are fortunate to have the support of Mrs Sanders to organise all of the gardening activities across the whole school. Mrs Sanders used to teach at BCPA before taking retirement and studying horticulture and garden design with the Royal Horticultural Society.

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 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 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:-

Autumn Term

  • 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

Spring Term

  • 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

Summer Term

  • 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

Autumn Term 2017

Our gardening year has started with a flurry of activity. The Year 3 children have each been taking cuttings from hebes, rosemary and penstemons to grow on and, hopefully, take home a new plant next summer.

Thanks to our wonderful sponsor Mark from Gotherington Nurseries, we planted up a hanging basket, tubs in the Quiet Area, containers in the Hungry Caterpillar Garden & the Reception Rainbow Garden with heuchera, grasses, dianthus and pansies.

As well as all of this the children have been learning to make leaf mould and drawing food that we grow for a display board.

During November and January the children will be making felt garden decorations, a project inspired by a garden at Chatsworth House.

Spring & Summer Term 2018

The children have had a busy time in the garden as the weather has improved. They have been making seed packets, using hand lenses to view and draw seeds, reading for information about how to grow the seeds before taking them home to plant.

The Hungry Caterpillar Garden and the Year 3 raised beds have also been worked on. We have been busy planting potatoes, peas, mangetout and new herbs.As well as this the children have been making bird scarers and planting some petunias in pots.

The Quiet Area has a bit of a makeover with some new sweet williams, forget-me-nots and Californian poppies as well as some petunias and pansies in pots.

The clay planters in the Sensory Garden have now been planted with Bellis, Violas and Poached Egg Plants which should look lovely in the summer months.

As well as all of the gardening, the children have also been sewing garden creatures to decorate the garden. They have learnt to sew a running stitch and to glue on eyes and other shapes.

We visited the Sensory Garden with the children. We listened and noted what we could hear in the garden. We touched soft grasses and lambs ears and we smelt the perfume from sweet peas, honeysuckle and lemon balm. We also discussed the plants that feed bees and butterflies such as lavenders, pyracantha, hollyhock and borage. Along the way we found caterpillars, ants, woodlice and bees!

Our Hungry Caterpillar Garden, raised beds and Reception garden are all in full production now with fruit, herbs and vegetable crops which are due to be harvested soon in time for our end of year picnic. We are looking forward to our best carrots, peas and mangetout ever!

The Reception garden has filled out well with the marigolds that the Reception children planted and also the cornflowers, sunflowers, heartsease and Californian poppies the Year 3's planted.

Sponsors 

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.

Gardening Resources

Mrs Sanders 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.

Mrs Sanders 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
  • Gloves
  • Aprons (PVC)
  • Seeds
  • Cuttings
  • Tools
  • Canes/Plant sticks

Tesco Vouchers

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.

Letters/Documents

Galleries

 

Garden Club Summer Harvest (35 images)

The children enjoyed picking their bumper harvest ready for the annual picnic.

Created: 16 Jul 18 10:29 | Last modified: 16 Jul 18 10:36

Our Summer fruit and vegetable harvest (17 images)

The children have had a wonderful harvest this year.....

Created: 11 Jul 18 12:21 | Last modified: 11 Jul 18 12:27

Visiting the Sensory Garden (38 images)

The children have enjoyed stimulating their senses in the Sensory Garden

Created: 11 Jul 18 12:07 | Last modified: 11 Jul 18 12:14

Sewing Garden Creatures (48 images)

Y3 children have been learning how to sew in order to make creatures to decorate the gardens around school.

Created: 21 May 18 12:20 | Last modified: 21 May 18 12:23

The Sensory Garden (6 images)

Y3 children have been planting out the clay pots in the Sensory Garden.

Created: 21 May 18 12:18 | Last modified: 21 May 18 12:19

Planting the Quiet Area (17 images)

Y3 have been busy planting out the Quiet Area

Created: 21 May 18 12:15 | Last modified: 21 May 18 12:16

Hungry Caterpillar Garden (21 images)

The Y3 children have been planting potatoes, peas, mangetout and herbs in the garden

Created: 21 May 18 12:11 | Last modified: 21 May 18 12:13

Making Leaf Mould (3 images)

The children have been learning about the value of leaf mould in the garden and they have gathered leaves to make their own.

Created: 7 Nov 17 09:48 | Last modified: 7 Nov 17 09:49

Drawing food that we grow (22 images)

The children have been drawing fruit and vegetables to make a gardening display board.

Created: 7 Nov 17 09:44 | Last modified: 7 Nov 17 09:47

Planting in the Rainbow & Hungry Caterpillar Gardens (24 images)

The children have been busy planting flowers in the Rainbow and Hungry Caterpillar Gardens

Created: 7 Nov 17 09:40 | Last modified: 7 Nov 17 09:43

Taking Cuttings in Autumn 2017 (34 images)

Y3 have been taking cuttings to grow on to make new plants

Created: 7 Nov 17 09:32 | Last modified: 7 Nov 17 09:36

Y3 Magical Bean Collage (23 images)

Y3 have been learning about how plants grow and have created a Magical bean collage.

Created: 19 Jul 17 11:04 | Last modified: 5 Sep 17 10:33

Y3 Magic Bean Garden (17 images)

The children enjoyed working with Mrs Parkes to make the Magic Bean Garden

Created: 21 Jun 17 11:31 | Last modified: 5 Sep 17 10:33

The Importance of Bees (5 images)

3OP have been finding out about the importance of bees in the garden.

Created: 3 Jul 17 10:21 | Last modified: 5 Sep 17 10:25

Taking Cuttings (8 images)

The Y3 children have been learning to take cuttings

Created: 19 Oct 16 09:25 | Last modified: 5 Sep 17 10:23

Sowing Sunflowers 2017 (12 images)

Y3 children have been planting a variety of sunflower seeds.

Created: 19 Jun 17 09:43 | Last modified: 5 Sep 17 10:23

Planting the Rainbow Garden (11 images)

The children have been planting multi-coloured tulips and pansies in our Rainbow Garden

Created: 2 Nov 16 11:06 | Last modified: 5 Sep 17 10:17

Planting Potatoes, Broad Beans & Peas (8 images)

The children have been busy planting a selection of vegetables in our gardens.

Created: 24 Apr 17 11:46 | Last modified: 5 Sep 17 10:16

Planting in the Summer Term 2017 (11 images)

The children have been busy planting in all of our gardens around the school.

Created: 19 Jun 17 09:40 | Last modified: 5 Sep 17 10:16

Planting & Sowing in the Quiet Area (7 images)

We have been enhancing the quiet area this term.

Created: 19 Jun 17 09:48 | Last modified: 5 Sep 17 10:15

Placing Signs in the Gardens (10 images)

Once designed and made, the signs needed to be placed in the school gardens

Created: 21 Jun 17 11:28 | Last modified: 5 Sep 17 09:46

October Flowers (18 images)

We have been photographing the summer bedding before it fades as winter arrives.

Created: 2 Nov 16 10:57 | Last modified: 5 Sep 17 09:46

Making 'Watering Cans' (20 images)

We have been recycling milk bottles to create colourful 'watering cans' to use in our gardens.

Created: 24 Apr 17 11:41 | Last modified: 5 Sep 17 09:32

Making our own seed packets (43 images)

The children have been designing seed packets for all of the vegetable and flower seeds that were collected last year.

Created: 29 Mar 17 08:17 | Last modified: 5 Sep 17 09:29

Hebe Cuttings & Sweet Peas (10 images)

The children have been learning to take cuttings and sow Sweet Peas.

Created: 2 Nov 16 11:02 | Last modified: 5 Sep 17 09:27

Hanging Baskets & Wellies (19 images)

A lot of fun (and learning) has been had planting out hanging baskets and welly boot planters.

Created: 19 Oct 16 09:37 | Last modified: 5 Sep 17 09:27

Garden Club making butterfly-friendly plant signs (24 images)

Garden Club have been busy making butterfly-friendly plant signs, planting in the pollinator border and also planting up wellies.

Created: 3 Jul 17 10:25 | Last modified: 5 Sep 17 09:26

Finding out about pollinating bees (31 images)

We have been learning all about the importance of bees in the garden.

Created: 21 Jun 17 11:35 | Last modified: 5 Sep 17 09:25

Examining Fruit & Vegetables (31 images)

The children in Y3 have been investigating fruit and vegetables up close!

Created: 19 Oct 16 09:33 | Last modified: 5 Sep 17 09:24

Links

Pollinator Gardening

BBC Gardening

Royal Horticultural Society

Gardening with Children

BBC Gardening with Children

School Zone Gardening with Children

RHS Campaign for Schools

Benchmark Scheme

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