Gardening News

We had another great year in the garden. Lots of the children had an opportunity to get their hands dirty and discover their green fingers. Here are just some of the things we have been up to.......
RHS Level 3
In the Spring Term we were awarded a Level 3 by The Royal Horticultural Society. We had to meet all the standards set out by the society including;
  • Growing a variety of fruit and vegetables 
  • Providing homes and habitats for wildlife 
  • Caring for the environment by recycling and composting 
  • Bringing gardening into the classroom through a curriculum topic 
As a reward for our achievements we received a huge box of plug plants from Rocket Gardens. It was hard work getting all the planting done in one day (the box arrived on a Friday!) but we were determined to get them all in and we enjoyed harvesting the fruits of our labour well in to the autumn term.

The Eco Area
The children worked hard creating a new eco area in KS2. This included building a bug hotel , a bird bath, bird feeders, log piles and planting wildflowers to attract a variety of wildlife as part of the RSPB's campaign to 'Build Wildlife a Home'. We are hoping to install a mini pond and frog and toad abode this year to attract frogs and toads and keep the slugs under control.

Shed of the Year Competition

The children in KS2 took part in the" Shed of The Year" competition being run by Homebase. The competition was to create a design to be painted on the side of a shed. Many schools took part and so we were delighted when Molly's (class 6) design was chosen as the winner. Not only has she won a prize for herself but the painted shed will be donated to the school after being displayed in Homebase. Congratulations also go to Mia (class 6) and Lily (class 4) who were among the runners up.
RHS Level 4 
Following on from our Level 3 success we completed all the standards set by the RHS to achieve a Level 4 award just before Christmas. 

We were delighted to receive this award and the fantastic prize of a Raspberry Pi computer which we hope to make good use of in the garden this year. We are now working towards our Level 5 – the top level awarded by the RHS and hope to complete it this year.

The Greenhouse
A big thank-you to all the parents, grandparents and friends of the school who collected thousands of Morrisons vouchers which we were able to exchange for gardening equipment and of course our wonderful new greenhouse. The greenhouse base (generously donated by Homebase) and the greenhouse itself were completed by some former parents and two generations of the Amooty family who kindly gave up their time to complete the project. A big Thank-you to them all.

Potatoes 2015
Class 3 and Class 4 managed to grow lots of potatoes and of course best of all, eat them within a couple of hours of harvesting. The children all agreed they were the best potatoes they had ever tasted.