Our children have been putting their gardening skills to the test this academic school year, and their hard work is really paying off!
Since returning to school in September, Miss Owens has been supporting a group of eight children with their gardening skills every week. This activity forms part of our school-wide initiative to provide skills sessions on Friday afternoons to make use of our beautiful outdoor space. These sessions can include anything from orienteering, Art in Nature Club, Outward Bound Club, KH Radio, and using the Katakanus, so long as they make use of our outdoor learning provision.
Gardening skills has been introduced for the first time this year, and we’re proud to say that our efforts have already achieved us a Level 1 and Level 2 RHS (Royal Horticultural Society) School Gardening Award! The RHS Campaign for School Gardening inspires and supports schools to provide children with gardening opportunities to enhance their skills and boost their development.
The benefits to incorporating gardening into the school curriculum are vast, including boosting physical and mental wellbeing, encouraging teamwork and communication, as well as conceptualising and enriching topics our children learn about in science and geography. It also teaches children to care about their environments and learn more about sustainability and social responsibility.
During the sessions, our children have helped transform and create a new garden at our school. After clearing a patch for our lovely new garden, our children picked out the flowers they’d like to adorn it with. Colourful tulips, daffodils and many more will soon be planted in wellies as a sustainable alternative to pots.
We’ve also been working with LEAF Education (Linking Environment and Farming) to inspire and educate our children about where their food comes from, farming and the countryside. As part of our partnership, we’ve been working with Atkin’s Farm in Staffordshire to run Zoom calls with its owner every three weeks. Our children can see how the farm is progressing and understand the life of a farmer.
It’s been a wonderfully green start to the year and we’re looking forward to keep the momentum going!