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Hello my name is Vicky and I teach the children how to look after our school garden.  Together, we grow all of our vegetable and flowers from seed, using our polytunnel to enable us to grow from February onwards.  We grow a variety of vegetables including, tomatoes in all different colours, courgettes, peas (a real favourite with the children eaten straight from the pod), carrots, and lots lots more!  

 

Last year we developed a nectar bar to encourage beneficial insects into the garden and this year we are adding plants that are attract different types of birds. Every class composts every week using our home made compost bins and every child loves to water from our recycled water butts.

 

Be sure to check this page for updates!

 

 

Look how our garden has grown

Look how our garden has grown 1 Lots of different tomatoes
Look how our garden has grown 2 Our aubergines
Look how our garden has grown 3 Cucumbers
Look how our garden has grown 4 This is a "Cucamelon"
Look how our garden has grown 5 Cabbage white caterpillar
Look how our garden has grown 6 Different stages of their life cycle
Look how our garden has grown 7 our beautiful grapes
Look how our garden has grown 8 Stripy courgettes
Look how our garden has grown 9 Pumpkins
Look how our garden has grown 10 Aubergines
Look how our garden has grown 11 Cucamelon 2
Look how our garden has grown 12 Pointed peppers
Look how our garden has grown 13 Pointed peppers 2
Look how our garden has grown 14 Purple French Beans
Look how our garden has grown 15 Savoy cabbage
Look how our garden has grown 16 Stripy courgettes 2
Look how our garden has grown 17 Courgettes flower
Look how our garden has grown 18 Last of the raspberries
Look how our garden has grown 19 Look how big our sweetcorn is
Look how our garden has grown 20 Lovely celery
Look how our garden has grown 21 Russet gold Apples
Look how our garden has grown 22 Happy to be harvesting

Garden Updates July

Garden Updates July  1 Aubergine Flower
Garden Updates July  2 Baby Cucumbers
Garden Updates July  3 Beautiful Raspberries
Garden Updates July  4 Bee on a Calendula
Garden Updates July  5 Bees enjoying our nectar bar
Garden Updates July  6 Butternut Squash Flower
Garden Updates July  7 Cabbage white caterpillars on our savoy cabbages
Garden Updates July  8 Calendula Flower
Garden Updates July  9 More Caterpillars
Garden Updates July  10 Small Courgette
Garden Updates July  11 Larger Courgette
Garden Updates July  12 Courgette Flower
Garden Updates July  13
Garden Updates July  14 Green Tomatoes
Garden Updates July  15 Figs
Garden Updates July  16 More Figs
Garden Updates July  17 Flat Leaf Parsley
Garden Updates July  18 Yummy Grapes
Garden Updates July  19 Take a look at our plums
Garden Updates July  20 Our First ever melon
Garden Updates July  21 Mint Plant
Garden Updates July  22 Melon Close Up
Garden Updates July  23 Laden Figs
Garden Updates July  24 Our nectar bar, grown from the bottom up.
Garden Updates July  25 Pumpkin Pin Bottle Cloches
Garden Updates July  26 Runner Bean Flowers
Garden Updates July  27 Sweetcorn
Garden Updates July  28 More Sweetcorn
Garden Updates July  29 More Green Tomatoes

Garden Updates May

Garden Updates May  1 Pea plant growing up string painted by children
Garden Updates May  2 Salad harvested today for the children's lunches
Garden Updates May  3 Blossom on our apple tree
Garden Updates May  4 Our native bumble bee pollinating our apple tree
Garden Updates May  5 Broad beans growing strongly in our polytunnel
Garden Updates May  6 Strawberries in May!!!
Garden Updates May  7 American spinach ready to harvest
Garden Updates May  8 Mini Savoy cabbage within its bottle cloche
Garden Updates May  9 Bed of bottle cloched savoy cabbage
Garden Updates May  10 Our colourful lettuces ready to eat
Garden Updates May  11 Allium growing in our new nectar bar
Garden Updates May  12 Seedlings ready to be planted out
Garden Updates May  13 Gooseberries
Garden Updates May  14 Redcurrant
Garden Updates May  15 Our Hop flowers go into our calming pillows

Look what we found in the garden today...

Look what we found in the garden today... 1
Look what we found in the garden today... 2

Spring has sprung!

Garden updates...

Garden updates... 1 Bottle Top Sensory Curtain
Garden updates... 2 Curly Kale Ready to Harvest
Garden updates... 3 Our First Daffodil
Garden updates... 4 First sign of spring crocus
Garden updates... 5 Polytunnel Seedlings
Garden updates... 6 More Polytunnel Seedings
Garden updates... 7 Our Sensory CD Curtain

Leaves Everywhere

Leaves Everywhere 1 Leaves Everywhere!

Our produce grown fresh from the school garden for harvest

Our produce grown fresh from the school garden for harvest 1

Nov in The Garden

One Potato Two Potato

One Potato Two Potato 1 Freshly Picked Potatoes!
One Potato Two Potato 2 Freshly Picked Potatoes 2!
One Potato Two Potato 3 Close Up
One Potato Two Potato 4 And Another!

Juicy Fruity!

Juicy Fruity! 1 Ready to make fresh fruit cordial!
Juicy Fruity! 2 Grapes
Juicy Fruity! 3 More Grapes!
Juicy Fruity! 4 Fruit Cordial Preparation

Around the Garden -September 2015

Around the Garden -September 2015 1 Yum!
Around the Garden -September 2015 2 Watering the Plants
Around the Garden -September 2015 3 Filling up the Compost Bin
Around the Garden -September 2015 4 Exploring different Fruit and Vegetables
Around the Garden -September 2015 5 A little bit of Digging
Around the Garden -September 2015 6 The Sweetcorn is so Tall!
Around the Garden -September 2015 7 Apples!
Around the Garden -September 2015 8 Planting.
Around the Garden -September 2015 9 More Planting.
Around the Garden -September 2015 10 Rasberries!
Around the Garden -September 2015 11 Berries!
Around the Garden -September 2015 12 Indoor Tray Work!
Around the Garden -September 2015 13 Wheelbarrow!

Several pictures from around the Garden

Topic afternoon

Topic afternoon 1
Topic afternoon 2
Topic afternoon 3

Time Lapse of the Garden

Still image for this video
May 2015 (GoPro)

Everyone Helping to Plant Seeds in the Garden

Everyone Helping to Plant Seeds in the Garden 1
Everyone Helping to Plant Seeds in the Garden 2
Everyone Helping to Plant Seeds in the Garden 3
Everyone Helping to Plant Seeds in the Garden 4
Everyone Helping to Plant Seeds in the Garden 5
Everyone Helping to Plant Seeds in the Garden 6

Planting Seeds Indoors with Green & Sapphire

Orange Class Joining In With The Digging & Turning

Orange Class Joining In With The Digging & Turning 1
Orange Class Joining In With The Digging & Turning 2
Orange Class Joining In With The Digging & Turning 3
Orange Class Joining In With The Digging & Turning 4

Opal Class Helping To Build The Liquid Fertiliser - April 2015

Sapphire Class Planting Seedlings - April 2015

Sapphire Class Planting Seedlings - April 2015 1
Sapphire Class Planting Seedlings - April 2015 2
Sapphire Class Planting Seedlings - April 2015 3
Sapphire Class Planting Seedlings - April 2015 4

Trying Different Herbs with Gold Class

Trying Different Herbs with Gold Class 1
Trying Different Herbs with Gold Class 2
Trying Different Herbs with Gold Class 3
Trying Different Herbs with Gold Class 4
Trying Different Herbs with Gold Class 5
Trying Different Herbs with Gold Class 6

Cleaning the Garden Path with Pearl Class

Planting Seeds with Red Class

Poly Tunnel Cleaning Up Progress Feb - March 2015

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We work together here at Richmond Hill School

We work together here at Richmond Hill School 1 Progress Picture 1
We work together here at Richmond Hill School 2 Emerald Class 1
We work together here at Richmond Hill School 3 Emerald Class 2
We work together here at Richmond Hill School 4 Gold Class 1
We work together here at Richmond Hill School 5 Gold Class 2
We work together here at Richmond Hill School 6 Progress Picture 2
We work together here at Richmond Hill School 7 Pearl Class 1
We work together here at Richmond Hill School 8 Pearl Class 2
We work together here at Richmond Hill School 9 Progress Picture 3
We work together here at Richmond Hill School 10 Yellow Class
We work together here at Richmond Hill School 11 Progress Picture 4
We work together here at Richmond Hill School 12 Green Class
We work together here at Richmond Hill School 13 Orange Class
We work together here at Richmond Hill School 14 Ruby Class
We work together here at Richmond Hill School 15 Completion Picture

The School Garden Covered in Snow in January 2015

The School Garden Covered in Snow in January 2015 1

From the sale of our school made chutney and pickled onions, we raised £65.85. This money will be used to buy wheelbarrows for the garden area.
 

The main ingredients for the chutney and onions were grown in our school garden and the children,  with the help of Vicky, made them into something new which was good to eat.

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These are some of the things we do in gardening

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The Garden and learning...

Every child uses the garden every week. In the winter months our activities can be classed based - for example, planting seeds, making fat balls with seeds to feed the birds, making mini gardens, potting on seeds, and making herb bags.  But as soon as we can get outside we will be using wheelbarrows to move compost onto our beds, and planting up all of the growing areas.

 

The garden also provides produce for the kitchen, we have made rattatouille and an apple crumble for the whole school, and salad is provided at lunchtimes through the warmer months.  

 

Not only does gardening incorporate lots of aspects of the science curriculum, we try to link the gardening activities to the topics as well. For example, for years 1 & 2's topic 'Over the Rainbow' (which explores different colours), for their  'purple week' we harvested purple potatoes!!!

 

The children really enjoy growing 'odd' fruits and vegetables and so far we have grown some...

  • round carrots
  • yellow courgettes 
  • blue and purple potatoes 
  • black pumpkins
  • yellow peas

 

Some produce never makes it into class, the children love popping the pods to eat the peas! Our strawberries and raspberries (both red and yellow) are always eaten straight from the plants!

 

In the Summer term we hold our annual garden open day where the children run a market stall to sell produce from the garden, as well as home baked cakes and  juice we make from foraged elder flowers. This is a great fundraising opportunity, so far we have raised money to buy a wormery, two wheelbarrows and some brooms!

 

Keep checking the website for our 'Summer garden open day 2014'!!!

 

 

 

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