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!
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.
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!
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!
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
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.
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.
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