An appreciation of nature and being outside are good for the well-being of both adults and children. We therefore embrace all opportunities for our pupils to experience ‘wow’ moments through nature. It may be enjoying the seasons or simply talking about a beautiful sky. We are also thrilled to offer all our pupils lots of fun growing their own food.
Nursery and Reception have their own gardens and pupils are actively involved in seed to plate activities. In KS1, we have our own allotment which is a short walk from the school. Each class organises what they grow and we certainly keep our school cook busy serving what we grow for our school dinners. So far, we’ve had bumper crops of strawberries, potatoes, salad, carrots, sweetcorn and beetroot.
Apart from the sheer the fun we have at the allotment, there are many benefits. Pupil learning is enriched as pupils are given opportunities to connect what they learn in class to real life situations. Language rich experiences, following instructions, writing reports, measuring plants and weighing crops, the list is endless! We even have our own Village Infant song – composed by Year 2 and sung at 2019 Harvest Festival. [you can hear this by going to the Gallery of the website] We also enjoy being a part of the allotment community and getting to know other gardeners who just love sharing their expertise with us.