Gardening

Westgarth Primary School Allotment is looked after by all the children in Year 4.

 

Every week the children either carry out tasks in the allotment or school grounds, or are inside learning about healthy eating and the environment, depending on the weather. 

 

The new allotment is situated behind the Teacher Learning Centre.

 

 

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Children from Year 4 and Year 5 have been taking part in the John Muir Award Scheme.  John Muir was born in Scotland in 1838 but emigrated to America with his family when he was young.  He loved the natural world and spending time outdoors, and devoted his life to protecting America’s wilderness, in particular Yosemite National Park.  The project is to encourage people to explore, enjoy and protect their local environment and wild spaces. 

 

For this project the children have been studying the different types wildlife growing and living within their school grounds.  So far they have looked at, and recorded, the changes seen throughout the school grounds during Autumn, by taking photographs and collecting natural materials of different colours.  They have also studied the different trees growing in the area, taken bark rubbings and collected and drawn leaves.

 

The last two sessions of this term has been spent planting a wildlife hedge using saplings given to the school from the Woodlands Trust.

END OF YEAR UPDATE

 

The children in Year 4 have been busy in the allotment and school grounds during their first term of gardening.  Back in September we made apple juice from the apples growing in the school. This involved squeezing chopped up apples in an apple press, to extract the juice.  The following lesson was spent tasting different varieties of apple, such as Scrumptious, Discovery and Russet, and finding out how far they had travelled to get to Marske. 

Over the last few weeks the children in Year 4 have also:

  • Sown sweet peas and peas seeds.  These seeds grew into lovely strong plants which the children planted in the allotment.

  • Planted garlic, daffodil and tulip bulbs

  • Picked sprouts.  Some of the children took them home to eat.

  • Done lots of weeding in the allotment and around the Solar Dome.

  • Collected leaves to make leaf mould which will be later used as a fertiliser in the allotment.

     

When the weather has meant that we couldn’t go outside, we have looked at the different tools used in gardening         and have made Christmas decorations.

 

Interesting facts

Sprouts are full of vitamin C, vitamin A and vitamin E.

Britain once produced more varieties of apple, over 2000, than anywhere else in the world.  You could have eaten a different apple every day for six years.