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GREEN CLASS - Gardening Club

Today we have been planting pansies (as requested by the children last week) in the planters we cleaned out in Wk2.  We also planted strawberry runners in a new trough.  This is a great idea - you do not need to buy new plants!

PURPLE CLASS - Gardening Club

Today we weeded and cleaned out the KS1 raised bed.  It now looks fantastic and is all ready for winter.  We even added a layer of manure to improve the soil.

We also snipped off the runners from the strawberry plants.  this mean we can grow new ones next year.

WOW - this hedgehog had a lucky escape from being trampled on! He was curled up in the leaves on our school field. Thank you to the Dinner Nanny who rescued him!

LOOK what we found hiding in the raised beds. Some of the sunflowers have also grown taller than Mrs Roberts!

GREEN CLASS - Gardening Club

Thank you Green class members for helping Mrs Roberts clean out and replant the bulbs in the planters at the entrance to our school.  Good job!

PURPLE CLASS - Gardening Club

Todays group helped Mrs Roberts take all the dead flowers off the plants in our Reflection area.  We call this 'dead heading'.  We had to be very careful with the scissors and also make sure we completed the challenge Mrs Roberts gave us.  The challenge was to make sure they counted three dead flowers before they put them in the bin.  Great counting team!

JADE CLASS - Gardening Club

Today we worked in the fruit garden and harvested the plums.  We picked some off the tree but also sorted them into those that we could eat (edible) and those that had gone rotten.  W had so many that we took them back into school and gave a bowl to Jade class and a bowl to nursery.

NEW SCHOOL YEAR 2021 - 2022

Harvesting our produce - Week 6 (2021)

Broad beans harvested by Nursery children. Thank you

(Mrs Roberts is unfortunately isolating this week so cannot be in school).  

The red and black currants will be ready in the next few weeks so Mrs Ramshaw and Mrs Roberts will harvest and make jam to bring in to school for the children in September.

Why not take part in the 'Big Butterfly Count'?

The Big Butterfly Count is a nationwide citizen science survey aimed at helping us assess the health of our environment. It was launched in 2010 and has rapidly become the world's biggest survey of butterflies.

The Big Butterfly Count 2021 runs from Friday 16 July to Sunday 8 August. Just ask Mum or Dad to download the app.  It takes 15 minutes to complete and can be done as many times as you want. 

Even if you see no butterflies the data you log is really important.

Over 111,500 citizen scientists took part in 2020, submitting 145,249 counts of butterflies and day-flying moths from across the UK.

SUMMER TERM: Week 5: Green Class weeding the vegetable beds. We found lots of new growth: courgettes, strawberries, black currants and red currants

SUMMER TERM: Week 4 Red Class: We have had no rain for five days so today we watered the raised beds and the butterfly garden. We also weeded in amongst the vegtables.

SUMMER TERM: Week 4 Green Class: We have had no rain for five days so today we watered the reflection area and the raised beds.

SUMMER TERM 2: WEEK 4: Purple and Yellow group weeded the Reflection Area and planted oxe-eye daisies and penstemon plants that we had grown.

Summer Term 2: Yellow Class take part in the Radio 2 Design a Bee Garden competition

SUMMER TERM 2: Week 3: Orange & Red Class Gardening Club: Last term red class planted sunflowers. Only a few of them grew so today they were transplanted into the nursery bed of wild flowers. We have given red class some more sunflower seeds to have another go, growing at home!

SUMMER TERM 2: Week 3: Green Class Gardening Club: Today we helped water all the raised beds and tubs around the school ground. We have had no rainfall all week.

SUMMER TERM 2: Yellow Class Week 3: Planting seeds: Spring onions and outdoor cress.

SUMMER 2: Week 3: Purple Class: Planting out baby leeks and looking after the vegetable and fruit beds. Our first harvest of radishes. Where do the weeds come from?

SUMMER 2: Week 2: Green Class: Today we filled the planters around school with summer bedding plants.

SUMMER 2: WEEK 2: Red Class: Today we continued working on the Butterfly Garden.

WOW! Gardening club have been doing a FABULOUS job. Look at all the fruit and vegetables we are growing in our school garden.

Wildflowers in the Nursery Flower bed

SUMMER 2: Week 2: Yellow Class: Staking out the sunflowers and weeding the Nursery wildflower bed.

Summer 2 Week 2 Purple Class: Potting up lupin seedlings and watering the 'Reflection Area',

Summer 2 Week 1 Green Class Gardening Club

Green class gardening club helped Mrs Roberts weed the KS1 bed today.  We removed all the weeds competing with our peas and broad beans.  We also had to cover up the radishes that had been uncovered by the birds.  After all our hard work we also watered all the vegetable beds.  We have not had any rain for ages!

Summer 2 Week 1 Yellow & Red Class Gardening Club

Yellow and Red class gardening club members helped Mrs Baker in the ‘Butterfly Garden’ today.  It has become very over grown and some of the shrubs need cutting right back.  They worked super hard and seemed to enjoy their work.

THANK YOU to a young man in Purple class who has donated a Yuka plant to his classroom. It is a stem that broke off from a larger plant. We planted it into a bigger container after carefully looking at the roots, stem and shoots. Hopefully it will grow as big as the plant it came from.

SUMMER 2 Gardening Club Purple Class

Week 1  Today we weeded the sweetcorn and courgette bed.  The lawn mower had thrown grass cuttings all over the soil so we cleared away that and all the weeds competing with our vegetable plants.  They did a great job and then helped water them.  It's hard to believe that the sweetcorn will grow as high as Mrs Roberts!

SUMMER 2 Gardening Club Yellow Class

Week 1

Today we spent our session clearing and weeding the KS2 vegetable bed after the half term holiday.  We talked about our own experiences of gardening - from planting sunflowers in nursery, broad beans in Purple class and also how we garden at home (sunflowers, strawberries, pumpkins ...)

The children also helped water a few beds due to the lack of rain recently.

Summer 1 Week 7

THANK YOU to both Red class and Jade class for your efforts in Gardening Club this term.  You have been great!  The Reflection Area looks fantastic and we have lots of fruits and vegetables starting to grow.

Good work

Mrs Roberts

Summer 1 Week 7: Yellow class Gardening Club

Summer 1 Week 7: Purple Class Gardening Club

Summer 1 Week 7

Purple Class

Today we weeded all the vegetable beds.  We have had lots of rain which has made the weeds grow tall.  We need to remove them so that are seedlings will have room to grow.  We are growing peas, broad beans, radishes, lettuce, carrots, squash and sweetcorn.

We also planted some flowers – Cosmos and Calendula and Jenson brought us a tomato plant from his Grandma’s greenhouse.  We put it in a bigger tub so that it has more room to grow.  Thank you Jenson (and your Grandma too!)

 

Yellow Class

Today the boys did some ‘GORILLA’ gardening.  They have planted sunflowers in a secret part of our school grounds (helped by Walter – the cat!)

See if you can spot them starting to grow.

 

NEW GROWTH - Look at what we are growing in the school garden:

Summer 1 Week 6 Yellow Class Gardening Group

Week 6 Gardening Club

 

Purple Class

Today we went on a 'secret' mission sowing seeds around the school grounds.  Hopefully you should spot lots of sunflowers in the next few months.

 

Yellow Class

Today the boys, very carefully potted on some Ox eye daisy seedlings grown by Mrs Roberts.  We looked carefully at the plant structure and discussed why we had to be SO careful when transplanting the seedlings.  All the boys followed the instructions well and all the seedlings survived.  Thank you.

Summer 1 Week 6 Purple Group Gardening Group

Summer 1 Week 5 Jade Gardening Group

Week 5 Gardening Club

 

Red Class

The boys and Mrs Baker have been doing a fabulous job replanting the 'Reflection Area'.  we have lots of new types of plants that should hopefully fill the space and give the children a more varied range of plants to study throughout the year.

 

Jade Class

Today the boys planted out the sweetcorn and squash that they grew from seed.  We know what they need to survive and linked our work to this terms topic in Science.

Summer 1 Week 5 Red Class Gardening Group

Summer 1 Week 5 Purple Class Gardening Club

Summer 1 Week 5 Yellow Class Gardening Club

Gardening Club Summer 1 Week 5

Purple Class

Today we renewed the pots of flowers that you see when you come into the main school yard.  We emptied all the existing beds and hunted / dug out all the bulbs that were hiding in the soil.  We then replanted the bulbs and  some geraniums that last terms gardening club grew.

Hopefully they will make a lovely display in a few weeks time.

Yellow Class

Today the boys planted lettuce and carrot seeds in the Key Stage 2 raised bed.  The boys watched Mrs Roberts explain and then did their own row independently.  They then split into two groups.  One planted some of the geraniums in the flower bed in the Early Years yard and the other planted some more radishes, kindly donated by Mrs Branwell.

 

Summer 1 Week 4 Gardening Club Red Class

The boys planted broad beans that had been grown for us by Mrs Branwell.  Mrs Baker showed the boys how to carefully transplant the beans into the correct position in the raised beds.  The boys watered them in and hopefully they will produce many beans.

SUMMER 1 Week 4 Gardening Club Jade Class

Today we moved the lavender plants and used them to line the path to the reflection area.  The boys helped to dig the new holes and carefully dig up the plants.  We found lots of worms, a sign of healthy soil.  

We also planted some primulas that have kindly been donated to school.

Summer 1 Week 3 Gardening Club Red Class

Summer 1 Week 3 Gardening Club Jade Class

Our work this week has been on tidying up and replanting the 'Reflection Area'.  The boys in Jade class planted some radish and broad bean seedlings today in the Key Stage 1 bed and the boys in Red class, plated some new shrubs behind the bench.  We will take another photo when all our hard work is complete.

THANK YOU to The Morpeth Litter Group for all the hard work cleaning up our town. A member of Jade Class was interview by Look North (29.04.21)

Nursery Class finding about about God's Beautiful World and cleaning up the litter that makes it untidy!

Summer 1 Week 3 Gardening Club

Today we focused our efforts on the 'Reflections Area'.  We have decided not to put the poppy stones back down and to recycle them in our butterfly garden (Which we are revamping this summer with the ECO COUNCIL).

Purple class helped moved the stones to a central area and then careful, using trowels dug up, any other stones they could locate, hiding in the butterfly garden.

They showed fantastic co-operation and quick thinking, using their own ideas to move the stones in a more efficient way.  We learnt about why some materials work well, because they are waterproof and also about bulbs.  We planted some grape hyacinths that had been taken out of a tub by nursery (recycling!).

 

Yellow Class  learnt how to use the large forks, to turn the compacted soil.  It was tricky and we had to remember our safety rules.  These keep us and others safe.  The boys helped clear leaves and prune the rest of the shrubs in the area.  It was hard work and we didn't quite finish but we worked well as a team and had great conversations about: why we kept finding worms, planting bulbs and plants that may be harmful to people.

Summer 1 Week 3 Gardening Club Yellow Class

Summer 1 Week 3 Gardening Club Purple Class

EXCITING NEWS - We think we have birds nesting in our swift boxes.  See if you can spot them.

Emerging new seedlings - sweetcorn and sunflowers

Summer 1 Week 2: Jade class - today we were finding the poppy stones hidden in the refection area border, ready to clean and replant. We also planted sweetcorn seeds.

Summer 1 Week 2 Red Class Gardening Club: Clearing the reflection area of leaves, pruning buddleia plants and weeding the border.

Indigo Class: Planting sunflower seeds in the nursery raised bad and the tubs outside their yard.

Summer 1 Week 1

Today the new members of club had a quick tour of the school garden.  They found out about all the different plants and what each raised bed was growing.

Today’s jobs involved weeding one of the fruit beds and watering the wild flower bed, strawberries, peas, lettuce and carrots.

PURPLE CLASS

The children found lots of interesting mini-beasts, discussed the blossom and what it might turn into and also their own ‘gardens’ at home.

 

YELLOW CLASS

The children helped finish off the weeding of the fruit bed, they gave the lavender a ‘haircut’ and then replanted them.  They also planted some flowers called ‘cosmos’.  The boys also helped water other parts of the garden that were dry.  The boys told me about their gardens and were asked to name a plant that grew there.  They talked about jasmine, sunflowers, strawberries, bamboo and apple trees.

 

Thank you for your help

Purple Class Group

Gardening Club: Purple Class members

Yellow Class group

Gardening Club: Yellow Class members