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Aim

We aim to involve pupils, teachers, parents and the wider community to plan, build and utilise an area of the school grounds to grow fruit, vegetables and dye plants, and to undertake hands-on activities which will develop the children’s understanding of the environment. The garden is to be used as an outdoor classroom and by a community gardening club.

 

Themes

The themes of the garden are sustainability, environmental awareness and healthy eating. Accordingly:

  • as many reclaimed materials as possible were be used to build the garden
  • the garden was built and used by members of the local community
  • plenty of organic matter was added to the raised beds
  • permanent planting will be well mulched
  • watering is kept to a minimum
  • plants are be cultivated organically
  • wildlife is be encouraged
  • wind-power will be used to animate a scarecrow

Design

At the end of 2005, we entered the Wallace and Gromit Great Vegetable Challenge Competition. We came in the top 100 schools.

Design ideas came from staff, pupils, parents and members of the local community. We used the school emblem, a shell, as the shape of the garden which has 9 raised beds, apple espalier hedges, a willow tunnel, greenhouse and shed. The most striking feature will be a wind-power animated scarecrow. This is to be designed using class 5s ideas for crank, cam, lever and pulley mechanisms. Children in Key Stage 1 will make stepping stones using decorative materials from WRE (Worcester Resource Exchange) scrapstore in washing up bowls.

 

Materials & Labour

We received generous donations of:

  • oak and tanalised timber
  • paving slabs and yard bricks
  • treated wooden posts and planks
  • a large quantity of well rotted horse manure
  • several bulk bags of wood chippings
  • tools
  • geotextile
  • log rounds

and volunteers have included:

  • parents with tape measures, spirit level and spades
  • a grandfather with his digger and trailer
  • Cradley Youth Group with spades and wheel barrows
  • Children from the school

Value of the Month

PATIENCE

Better a patient person than a warrier, one with self-control than one who takes a city.

Proverbs 16:32

Chosen by Mrs Robb (Class 1 teacher)

Stars of the Week

Congratulations to:

Nursery:

 Joel, Dominic & Kai

Class 1

 Keerah & Lukas

Class 2

 Millie & Sophia

 Class 3

 Tehya & Rudi

 Class 4

 Bryn & Izzy

Class 5

 Abi & Annabel

All school children

Well done to all of you!

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