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The RHS Campaign for School Gardening inspires and supports schools to provide children with gardening opportunities to enhance their skills and boost their development.

Our work within school 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.

Year 3- A Gardening and Growing Journey. Preparing growing beds and making 'Bird Cake' to encourage bio-diversity in the Outdoor Area.

The Year 3 classes have been working towards obtaining the RHS 'Campaign for School Gardening' Level 1 Award.  They achieved their award at the end of the first Spring half-term!  Here are some of the things that they had to do to reach that first milestone.

Learning how to prepare seed and modular trays with compost prior to sowing the first seeds of the season. Giving onion sets a head start in the cold months of late winter. 'Chitting' potatoes to encourage sprouting so that they can be planted just after Easter.

Flushed with success, the Year 3 Garden Army march on towards their Level 2 award. The amount of work needing to be done in the Outdoor Area is growing day by day.

Reading seed instructions and sowing seeds into modular trays. Writing labels (recycled milk cartons) so that we can identify the seeds that we are trying to germinate. Planting garlic after learning how to 'strike a drill' to create a straight line for the garlic bulbs to sit in.

We achieved our RHS Level 2 Award at the end of Spring Term 2.  A terrific achievement in such a short space of time.  Onwards and upwards to Level 3!

Seeds are germinating and now they need to be 'pricked out' into bigger pots. Planting out our young cabbage plants and shallot sets. Picking rhubarb ready for Year 3's lunchtime treat... rhubarb crumble baked by our fabulous school kitchen staff.

Our RHS Level 3 Award has been achieved!

From 'Plot to Pot' Cook very kindly prepared a Rhubarb Crumble for us to try at Lunchtime.

Now we are on our way to RHS Level 4.

The Year 3 Plant Sale.

What a busy afternoon!  All the plants that were sold had been raised by the children in Year 3. The money raised will go back into purchases for the Outdoor Area and the Gardening Project.