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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. In addition to her work with all of the year groups, Mrs Sanders also runs a Garden Club for our Year 3 children during the Spring and Summer terms.

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.

This year 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.

Sponsors 

We are delighted that Gotherington Nurseries and Toddington Garden Centre have offered to support our Garden Club 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, and Year 3 during Friday Gardening Club.

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.

Y3 Flowerpot Garden Club

The club is run every Friday during the Summer term from 3.15pm - 4.15pm.

The main aim of the club is to teach gardening skills, and to improve and maintain all of the school gardens.

In the past, the club members have organised plant sales to raise funds for gardening resources and also to fund some resources for winter crafts such as acrylics, foam shapes and garden sticks.

Letters/Documents

Galleries

 

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

The School Gardens - June 2017 (35 images)

Here we have photos of the flowers and vegetables in the quiet area, Reception garden, pollinator borders, sensory Garden and Hungry Caterpillar garden and also Y3 eating home-grown strawberries for lunch.

Created: 3 Jul 17 10:09 | Last modified: 3 Jul 17 10:20

Making signs for bee-friendly plants (11 images)

We had a lot of fun making our signs....

Created: 21 Jun 17 11:39 | Last modified: 21 Jun 17 11:43

Signs, Watering Cans & Sunflowers (13 images)

Y3 continue to take good care of our school gardens.

Created: 21 Jun 17 11:24 | Last modified: 21 Jun 17 11:27

Making Plant Signs (13 images)

Class 3OP have been making new plant signs for our gardens.

Created: 24 Apr 17 11:51 | Last modified: 24 Apr 17 12:17

Autumn Gardening Activities (19 images)

We have already been getting busy in the school gardens this Autumn.

Created: 4 Oct 16 11:34 | Last modified: 4 Oct 16 11:37

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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