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!
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.
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!
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.
Summer 1 Week 7
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!)
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.
Week 6 Gardening Club
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.
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.
Week 5 Gardening Club
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.
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.
Gardening Club Summer 1 Week 5
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
EXCITING NEWS - We think we have birds nesting in our swift boxes. See if you can spot them.
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.
The children found lots of interesting mini-beasts, discussed the blossom and what it might turn into and also their own ‘gardens’ at home.
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
This week in gardening club we caught up with the seeds we'd planted before the Easter break. Our sweetcorn, pumpkin and squash are growing well. Our sunflowers have grown a little too tall due to too much heat but we should be able to recue them by keeping them cooler now we are back at school. unfortunately our cauliflowers died due to lack of water (they were thoroughly watered before we broke up).
Today Purple class cut back the lavender and started to dig over the Key Stage 1 bed. They planted peas.
Yellow class repotted some sunflower seeds and planted carrots and Lollo Rosso lettuce seeds.
Great co-operation, kindness and team work shown by all. Thank you
The children were all involved in assessments at gardening time this week so Mrs Roberts prepared some pots ready for sowing seeds and the children came and helped during their dinner hour (THANK YOU)
Purple class planted a huge tray of sweetcorn.
Yellow class planted: sunflowers, pumpkins, squash and cauliflowers.
Hopefully after Easter we will see some new growth!
Today we worked on the school garden. Our first job was to plant some geraniums to cheer up the planters around the school. The children were shown how to do this and then encouraged to do this on their own.
Our next job was to clear the strawberry bed, started on the herb bed and pruned the currant bushes. The children found snails, millipedes, worms, woodlice ... and worked well taking the dead plant material to the compost bin and back.