In St . Francis we support gardening so we decided to make our own garden, letting all the KS1 and KS2 classes have a go planting different varieties of plants. We used planters to plant all our different plants, we try to water our plants as often as we can. We plant vegetables and flowers.
We’re working with the RHS Campaign for School Gardening to provide the children with gardening opportunities to enhance their skills and boost their development.
Their work with schools has shown that the direct benefits of gardening for children are wide ranging:
- Improves physical and mental well-being
- Builds life skills such as confidence, teamwork and communication
- Enhances literacy, numeracy and oracy skills
- Enriches the entire curriculum from science, maths and geography, to art, design and languages
- Encourages a better and healthier lifestyle
- Teaches about the environment and sustainability
- Helps young people engage with their surroundings better and develop a sense of responsibility
Thanks to the children’s hard work, we’ve surpassed Level One in the RHS School Gardening Awards and achieved Level 2!
Having planned a garden space and educated ourselves on how to work in the garden safely we’ve grown rhubarb (which we stewed), tomatoes, courgettes and onions and grew and tasted our own yummy watermelon!
Soon we’ll expand the garden with a fence, and introduce a wild flower area to attract bugs and butterflies.