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The project included looking at what pupils knew about fruit and vegetables, which ones they could identify, and specify whether they grew above ground or below ground, and what options there were within the school grounds for growing produce that involved the pupils. We worked with 10 schools (Primary and Special). The results from one school illustrate the achievements:

Grounds for Growing

Fruit & vegetables project in London schools

Learning Through Landscapes

Why the school wanted to do the project

The project began as a way to involve the community in our school. As we are in the middle of an estate where families do not have individual gardens, we thought that our school could provide this.

We needed to raise the awareness of the origins of fruit and vegetables, as most children were aware that it came from a plant but had no hands-on knowledge of what that entailed. We realised that the benefits would be transferred to the children’s learning, e.g. it takes a long time to get an end product, caring and dedication.

We also realised this is a way to get more parents involved.

What we did to build the garden or growing area

We bought raised flower beds and positioned them in the playground, (one per class). Improvement was made to the existing pond area. Planters on the roof. Pottery shed compost area.

· Formal activity within the school: gardening club; science dance – in the garden.

· Through science: planting bulbs, locating habitats looking for mini-beasts.

· We are using the school garden for teaching a variety of science units.

· Non-formal activity or clubs: wildlife gardening club (after school).

What happened next

· Ensure each allotted area is used regularly.

· Teachers report back when they use the garden. Science Coordinator charts this.

· To give parents a prominent role in the garden. Parents can be timetabled to come in and look after the garden.

· Open door policy, and a ‘visit the garden’ evening.

· To use the garden cross-curricular.

· Where teachers find it appropriate they can use the garden in areas they feel fit, i.e. Art – observational drawings.

· To keep funds going in order to maintain and improve the garden continually.

· Get advice from agencies.

· Sales of plants, compost, harvested fruit and veg.

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