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Courgettes and pumpkins!

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Following a rather awkward summer of weather, we returned in September to find the eight-ball courgettes had gone crazy! We have been using them to make ratatouille during environmental club and had them in our school dinners. We have also managed to harvest some runner beans which have also been used in the school dinners. Our pumpkins grew very well and we used 6 of them as part of a harvest raffle to raise money for Oxfam. We sold tickets to win the pumpkins and raised £127!!


Last environmental club before the Easter break

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During environmental club this week, we split into 3 groups. One group was doing the final round of cooking leek and potato soup, one group was planting seeds, filling up pots with compost and general tidying up and our group went pond dipping. We left the small pond well alone as this was where the frogs had laid all their frogspawn and cast our nets instead into the big pond.

What an amazing variety of creatures we found! We were lucky enough to capture lots and lots of newts but we also found water boatmen, dragonfly and damselfly nymphs as well as pond snails. All proof that our school pond is very healthy!


We have frogspawn!

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We were very excited when we checked out the pond during environmental club to find lots and lots of frogspawn in the pond – we even saw a number of frogs ducking under the water as we approached. We are hopeful for lots of new frogs this year!


Get growing Day 10th March 2012

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We had a very exciting Get Growing Day on Saturday 10th March 2012 where teachers, parents and children carried out a wide variety of jobs around the school grounds. Compost was added to the remaining pots and beds ready for planting, seed trays were filled and seeds sown and these are now germinating in the mini greenhouses. We have decided to turn two of the raised beds on the terrace into herb beds, so bulbs and plants were relocated to allow this to happen.

We also tackled the old pond which over the years had become very overgrown so before the frogs settled in to spawn, some of the dead leaves were raked out and now we can see water!


Getting started to get growing!

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Today we worked in three groups. The first group was in the ICT suite making labels for the plants because the crows keep picking them out and we now need labels we can tie onto the growing frames. The second group was outside continuing to finish tidying up the polytunnels and to make sure all the were full of compost. The next job for them was to sort out the mini greenhouses.

Our group went out into the grounds to take some exciting photos of the new bulbs, plants and naughty crows! On Saturday we are going to have another get growing day so we wanted to take some photograghs before things change! We were excited to see alot of the bulbs growing.

In the woods we saw the frames which are going to make the compost bins.  

We are getting ready to get growing!


Filling up the compost!

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Today we had a big delivery of compost! The first job of the day was to finish emptying the growing pots in the poly tunnel. We then swept out the poly tunnel and began to refill the pots with fresh compost ready for planting on Get Growing Day.

Another group dug over and refilled the main vegetable beds with compost, being careful not to disturb any of the vegetables that had survived the winter. The last group had their turn at making delicious Leek and Potato soup.

We also had a good investigation of the pond area to see if we could spot any frogs – there was some movement in the water but no sightings yet!


First environmental club of the term!

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Today was our first environmental club of the term. We have expanded our club to include a cookery group so that the children learn to cook with the vegetables that we are growing in school. Today they made potato and leek soup which smelt and tasted delicious!

Out in the school grounds, we checked out which vegetables had survived the winter. The leeks, garlic, onions and cabbages are all growing well, however the winter peas and winter lettuce have not survived the recent cold snap. We also spent time sorting out the beds for the new growing season. Last job of the day was to start tidying the poly tunnels ready for planting later in the term.

 


Growing in the Autumn Term

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Due to the lack of frost so far this Autumn, our vegetables have been growing well. The leeks are getting taller and the lettuces are continuing to grow bigger. The crows and squirrels like to dig up the garlic bulbs so we have had to replant those! All is going well so far!


The final environmental club of the Autumn Term

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Last week we held our final Environmental club of the term. Some children planted daffodil bulbs into the wildflower bank and harvested the last few tomatoes from the poly-tunnel. Another group of children collected twigs, branches and rocks which we then piled together in the nature area to make a rustic bug hotel! The final task of the day was a competition to see how many different types of leaves we could find in our school grounds in 5 minutes – Miss Smart’s team won with an impressive 14 types! The club will resume again after February half-term, in the meantime, the teachers and children will keep an eye on our vegetable beds during lunchtimes.


Get Growing Day 8th October 2011

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On Saturday 8th October we held our Autumn Get Growing Day. Parents, children and staff worked hard on a number of jobs throughout the school grounds. We re-laid the spider watering system and replanted the raised vegetable beds with winter lettuce, winter peas, cabbages, onions and garlic. Elsewhere a team worked hard to clear the banks of thistles rescuing a number of frogs and relocating them to the pond area. The wildflower meadow was also cleared of thistles and the wildflowers we had grown in the polytunnel were planted there. The bamboo was cut back and the last job was to plant the strawberry runners into new compost ready for next year. All in all, a good day’s work!


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