You’re never too young to grow green fingers – and your own fruit and veg, as our children discover. While they’re at it, they’re also learning about food production, the relationship between plants, wild animals and insects and the need to protect our environment.
Our teaching garden is registered with the Royal Horticultural Society’s Campaign for School Gardening and has earned the highest level of its awards, Level 5. This recognises that the teaching garden is outstanding and is a key resource for teaching and learning across the National Curriculum.
Children from the early years on spend time with our gardening teacher and Forest School leader, Liz Bicknell, who teaches them everything from soil preparation to seed sowing, plant maintenance and harvesting. Children in Years 1 to 6 who are especially interested in gardening and the environment can join our after-school Eco-green Club.
Most of the gardening lessons are spent in the teaching garden, which was funded by the PTA. It features raised planting areas, a shed/greenhouse, compost bins and a good range of child-sized tools. We have also planted several apple trees.
Food from the teaching garden is used for school lunches by our catering manager and sold at our Harvest Festival produce sale.