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:-
- 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
Autumn Term 2018
The mixed weather this term has seen the children in Year 3 looking closely at the school sunflowers that were grown by the children in Year 3 last year. They studied the structure of the flowers before making drawings of them.
In addition to this, the children have been taking a variety of cuttings and planting things ready for the Spring term.
The school gardens will go into hibernation now until February 2019 when Mrs Sanders will be back to continue her work with the children in Year 3 and Reception.
Spring Term 2019
The children have had great fun during the Spring term making seed packets to take home. They have also been busy sowing carrots, beetroot, rocket, peas, sugar snap peas and also edible flowers!
We have been fortunate to have some great weather for potting up herbs, planting seed potatoes and sowing flowers for our various garden areas around school.
Summer Term 2019
The children have been busy this term with a variety of gardening jobs.
They have been using dibbers to plant four varieties of sunflower. The children took home one each of Giant, Teddy Bear, Dwarf & Sparky!
On a fine day they learnt how to make butterfly drinking stations using foil trays filled with gravel and pebbles and a sugar solution.
The children have also been studying the structure of flowers that feed bees with nectar. Back in September, they all took cuttings of Hebe's and they all took one home. They spent one session making little foam signs to tie to their plants to show that they are good for bees.
On one sunny day we planted edible flowers, sunflowers and sedums in the Sensory Garden, raised beds and the Quiet Area - hopefully the school will look beautiful in the coming months.
The children in Year 3 have been harvesting some of the vegetables and edible flowers that they planted in our gardens earlier this year. Once harvested, they were turned into a wonderful picnic that they all enjoyed.
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.
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
- 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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Y3 PICNIC TIME! (7 images)
Following on from the bumper harvest, the children prepared and enjoyed a picnic packed full of fresh vegetables and edible flowers.
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HARVEST TIME (21 images)
Year 3 enjoyed picking a bumper harvest of vegetables and edible flowers that they had planted earlier in the year.
Created: 8 Jul 19 10:31 | Last modified: 8 Jul 19 10:33
Planting Edible Flowers (27 images)
We have been planting edible flowers around the school
Created: 25 Jun 19 11:55 | Last modified: 25 Jun 19 12:12
Studying Bee-Friendly Flowers (10 images)
We have been learning about flowers that feed bees.
Created: 25 Jun 19 11:52 | Last modified: 25 Jun 19 11:54
Making Butterfly Drinking Stations (7 images)
We are encouraging butterflies to visit our gardens by providing them with drinking stations
Created: 25 Jun 19 11:50 | Last modified: 25 Jun 19 11:51
Planting Sunflowers - Summer 2019 (18 images)
The children have been planting up 4 varieties of sunflower for the school gardens
Created: 25 Jun 19 11:44 | Last modified: 25 Jun 19 11:48
In the Growing Food Garden (17 images)
The children have been busy planting vegetables in the school gardens
Created: 2 Apr 19 10:38 | Last modified: 2 Apr 19 10:41
March - Seed Packet Making (30 images)
We have been looking closely at seed packets and reading them for information then sketching the flower shapes of the chosen seed
Created: 2 Apr 19 10:18 | Last modified: 2 Apr 19 10:26
School Sunflowers (11 images)
The children have been looking at the sunflowers grown by the children from Year 3 last year
Created: 4 Dec 18 11:29 | Last modified: 4 Dec 18 11:32
Drawing Sunflowers (13 images)
The children from Year 3 have been studying the structure of sunflowers and drawing them
Created: 4 Dec 18 11:20 | Last modified: 4 Dec 18 11:24
3OP Planting (10 images)
The children from class 3OP have been learning how to plant things with Mrs Sanders
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3C & 3N Take Cuttings (17 images)
The children in class 3N & 3C have been learning how to take cuttings with Mrs Sanders
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Garden Club Summer Harvest (35 images)
The children enjoyed picking their bumper harvest ready for the annual picnic.
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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
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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
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Hungry Caterpillar Garden (21 images)
The Y3 children have been planting potatoes, peas, mangetout and herbs in the garden
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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
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 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