Gardening club runs once a week for half an hour every Tuesday lunchtime and includes children from year 1 to year 6. It is aimed at boosting children’s confidence, social and life skills, working as part of a team in order to grow and maintain different plants and vegetables. Children are involved in every step of the growing process and enjoy weeding and maintaining the produce.
A favourite moment was the pumpkins we grew as part of Farmer Copley’s challenge – they grew bigger every day! When the weather is poor and doesn’t permit us to get outside, the children take part in various activities including research and crafts.
Our governor, Jo Pollitt works with the Gardening club to enhance and develop our quad area. Each week, children have the chance to learn life skills and develop their confidence working with peers of different ages as they work collaboratively in the school quad.
Last year, we successfully managed to grow four pumpkins which were displayed at our harvest festival. This year, we have new and exciting projects lined up for the children, including a workshop where children can make their own wormery, learning about eco systems as well as plans to make bird feeders using natural materials.
In September 2019, Sarah from The Royal Horticultural Society joined Jo and the children from the gardening club to plant bulbs in our quad area and the local park. The children have been caring for these bulbs and watching them grow.
Quotes from the children
“I like gardening because it is fun.”
“I like pulling out weeds and digging!”