Gardening at Holy Family Catholic Primary School

We are lucky to have wonderful grounds at Holy Family School.

This includes an allotment with 8 raised borders for vegetables. Raising the beds allows the children easier access to the plants and bigger crops! We will be planting peas, beans, carrots, beetroot and potatoes among other things.
As the Olympics approach we will be encouraging our vegetables to grow as large as possible. Maybe you’ve got some expert tips to share!
Look out for our home-grown pumpkin competition later this year!

We are using the RHS School Gardening Benchmarking Scheme to encourage and support the development of the school garden. The campaign provides teachers with resources that link the curriculum with gardening.
As part of the Queens Jubilee we will take part in the Woodlands Trust Jubilee Woods Project and this spring we have planted a Jubilee hedge around the allotment to provide some shelter for our vegetables. We will also plant birch and royal oak trees in a new copse area.

In planting trees and shrubs we try to incorporate as many native species as possible while providing shelter and food for birds, insects and other wildlife.
Did you know we have a woodland area called the Dell? Its a great place for the children to use their imagination to play, explore and enjoy. We encourage the area to remain a diverse habitat for wildlife but this does mean that it requires seasonal maintenance on TLC days to prune trees and weed paths. It’s amazing what can be done even if you can only spare an hour!



What about early years?
We are growing some vegetable in pots and we will also have a small vegetable plot in the nursery area. Sowing vegetable seeds is a great way to get children more interested in eating vegetables. They will be able to sow, grow and harvest their own produce. An area has also been dedicated as a sensory garden with scented and tactile plants. We will be growing some robust and fast growing flowers from seed. The will add colour to the area and the children can watch them grow during the school year.How can the children learn more about wildlife at home? We have some lovely parks nearby such as Black Park and Langley Park, but any green space will provide interest using the resources on these sites.

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