Using Wildlife to Learn

Grow Zone planting….

We are now motoring with all our planting for the GrowZone  and the poly tunnel has been great as it has meant we have been able to get lots of seeds planted and growing on. Different groups of pupils and different classes have been planting all sorts of different seeds including:

  • Courgettes
  • Runner beans
  • Broad beans
  • French beans
  • Tomatoes
  • Potatoes
  • Peppers
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    We are looking forward to finally getting a lot of these plants out in the Grow Zone bed, when we are sure there are not going to be any more frosts!

One keen pupil took on the weeding of one of the pallet beds… her is his ‘before’ and ‘after’ shot!

4MS all chose some seeds to plant as well.. they will be tending these and planting them out after half term. Today they planted french beans, courgette and broad beans..


Planting up the school entrance school pots

The  school Spring pots in the entrance hall were looking a bit sad as all the bulbs had died. The outdoor explorers set to work on them, emptying the old plants out and then choosing which new plants they would like to put in.

They had to think about how big the plants would grow and what combinations would look good together.

They were soon looking so much better! All that was left was to give them a really good water!

Our Chicks in school!

We have really been enjoying the chicks in school! They are growing SO quickly! When they hatched at the end of the Easter holidays, they were just tiny balls of fluff!…


We all fell in love with them, of course!

The chicks visited all the classes so everyone could experience them first-hand….

There are lots more photos on our Facebook page!

The Photography Club even did a photoshoot with them, setting up little studios. The chicks were more difficult to photograph  than we thought, as they moved around so much!

Class 4PH are weighing the chicks every day and it will be interesting to see how much weight they put on over the coming weeks and months!

They now have proper wing feathers and are beginning to practise flying!! They are very funny to watch!

We will be keeping some of the female chicks and WildlifeKate and Mrs Watt are going to have the others, so they will all have good homes.



The ‘Hour Space’ Team visit Dobbies!

This week, the ‘Hour Space’ group had a trip to Dobbies to kick start our Grow Zone season by looking at what fruits and vegetables we could grow both from seeds and from seedlings.


We started in the seed section. WildlifeKate showed us how to read the information on the back of the packet to find out how many seeds were in the packet, how much they were and also to use the little diagram to see what time of the year they should be planted. We looked at lots of different seeds and found this information.


We then went and looked at all the seedling fruit and veg plants. We found out about all the different things we could grow in school and we chose some to buy…


We took them to the checkout to pay for them, then it was back on the minibus to school!


We will be planting these up in pots in our poly-tunnel and looking after them in there until the weather gets a bit warmer and then they can go outside into our Grow Zone!

Great Grow Wild Kits!

WildlifeKate had applied for some special seed packs for us and they arrived this week! They are from the Grow Wild Campaign.

Grow Wild is the UK’s biggest-ever wild flower campaign, bringing people together to transform local spaces with native, pollinator-friendly wild flowers and plants. 

Supported by the Big Lottery Fund, Grow Wild is the national outreach initiative of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Through us millions of people are doing something positive where they live; connecting with wild flowers, plants and places around them, taking notice of nature, getting active, learning new things and sharing their knowledge and enthusiasm. 

We believe that this simple act of creativity can turn spaces into beautiful, inspiring and colourful wildlife havens; encouraging people to care for and delight in the nature around them.

The eco-committee unpacked the kits and had a look through what was in the packs….

Eco-committee discussed where we might plant these. We are going to put one of our Grow Zone beds over to wild flowers this year. We are also thinking of digging up a few patches of grass and planting some there. We had a walk around school to see potential areas.

There is also an exciting mushroom kit in there! We are going to love growing our own mushrooms and then cooking them!

This looks a really exciting project!

You can find out more about this great scheme on their website at

We will be planting our seeds very soon and looking forward to how we can transform some parts of the school into lovely wild flower patches!… watch this space!



Polytunnel Progress

Our lovely polytunnel is nearly ready for action! It almost blew away last week, but it’s been rescued and securely tethered now!

WildlifeKate has finished the path inside  so we would not get muddy at all.

Then,  the Green Teams and Outdoor Explorers worked hard wheelbarrowing lots of bark chippings to fill the paths and the surrounding areas.


We are excited now it is just about ready. All we need to do is make some work benches inside so we can do some planting and other activities. We will start using it after Easter, when we return from our break and get going in the Grow Zone.IMG_0960

Clay Tree Faces

The Outdoor Explorers this week made some of our school trees come alive with lovely faces, created out of clay and natural materials. Searching the area and the hedgerow for suitable materials, we discovered soft, wavy grasses for hair and berry pips for eyes. We chose twigs for eyebrows and moustaches.

We were rather pleased with our creations…..

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Our first potatoes of the season go in!

This week, the Green Teams got to plant our first potatoes of the season. We take part in a scheme called ‘Grow your own potatoes’ and we are provided with two different types. For several weeks, we had been ‘chitting’ our potatoes. That means we sit them in little boxes, allowing the shoots to start to develop.

Once the shoots are well developed, we can plant them. We plant them so the shoots are just under the surface. As they start to grow, we cover them in soil. We keep doing this and it encourages the potatoes to grow faster and set down good roots, on which the new potatoes will grow.


We also cleared some of the spinach that has amazingly lasted all winter! It has gone a bit tough now, although the rabbits have enjoyed it!

IMG_0727IMG_0726We even found some beetroot hidden under there!



A new Poly Tunnel for our Grow Zone!

We are very excited to have a poly tunnel for school! One of our parents has donated it to us after she did not use it in her allotment. We are thrilled, of course!!

We thought a lot about where best to put it. We decided that a corner by Mrs Lawrence’s class would be the perfect place as it gets the morning sun and is nice and close to our Grow Zone beds.

The Green Team measured the area to make sure it would fit in the space. We then put up the metal frame so we could double check it would fit properly. It was fine!

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The area is covered in ivy and it took a while to clear it all. We decided we would have a path up the middle, so WildlifeKate has cleared to area and put buttons on each side. There is a large bush that needs to be dug out before we can finish the path.


We are then going to make some benches out of pallets that we have in school. We will then be able to plant some seeds and give them a head start before we plant them in our Grow Zone beds. Watch this space!!!



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