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Friday 24th November – Cooking, Forest School, Eco Council, Working as Scientists and gardening in Year 3

A wonderful end to the week with Finchley. We started the day developing our scientific drawings, closely observing, the carefully adding colour and detail.  We then divided into two groups for cooking and Forest Schools.  In cooking we worked in teams to prepare a vegetable soup.  At lunchtime, the Eco Council started to create the […]


Friday 3rd November – Finchley’s last gardening lesson

Today saw Finchley have their last Friday gardening session. Each member of the class (including Mr Wickens) planted an Aquadulce Broad Bean seed outside the polytunnel (30cm apart, 10cm deep and protected with an open topped plastic bottle cloche.  A small group worked with Andy to finish the Finchley SFG bed and sow three squares […]


1st November – building our first compost bin

Members of the school’s Eco Council spent lunchtime today preparing the ground for the compost bin they built before half term.  The bin has been constructed out of pallets and the first job today was to remove the turf so that the bin can sit on exposed soil.  We then hammered in two broom handles […]


Thursday 26th October – getting the beds ready for planting

We now have an amazing fence around the polytunnel which gives us an enclosed gardening and growing space. Thanks to Tom and Oli for digging in the compost and watering the Square Foot Gardening (SFG) beds this morning.  It is important for us to remember that the beds will need daily watering as they are […]


Friday 13th October – What is a seed?

Wonderful session today digging in compost, finishing up a couple of square foot gardening beds, and understanding all about seeds.  We finished the day off with some beautiful scientific drawings of broad bean seeds.  We carefully observed some Aqua Dolce broad bean seeds before recording words to describe them.  We then created observational drawings of […]


Friday 6th October – Preparing the polytunnel and choosing vegetables

Today Finchley class divided into two groups. One worked with Andy and Lucas to start moving the square foot gardening beds into the polytunnel while the other worked with Mr Hubery to use pH preference information to identify which vegetables will grow in our pH neutral (7.0) soil. The is the list we created: Artichoke […]


4th October – the polytunnel gets covered!

A couple of hours this evening and we managed to get the structure covered. We also started laying out the membrane that will cover the floor. A few bits to do to finish it off, but it will be ready for Y3 to install the square foot gardening beds on Friday. A huge thanks again […]


1st October – completing the woodwork for the polytunnel

We planned to complete the woodwork and cover the polytunnel today. Unfortunately the weather was not on our side. We managed to complete the wooden base rail and prepare the structure for the polythene, but it was too wet and breezy to complete the covering. We need dry and calm. Hopefully we can get it […]


23rd September – work continues on the polytunnel

Rain last Saturday limited the work we could do outdoors, though progress was made on the doors which were made under the shelter. Good progress today as the doors and door frames were completed and installed at either end of the polytunnel. The wooden frame that sits around the base of the polytunnel was also […]


9th September – we start work on the polytunnel

Today we started work on the polytunnel. We met at 10am and worked through until 3pm with a much needed break for bacon and egg butties at midday! The aim was to dig the anchor points and erect the main steel frame and strengthen it. It was hard work, but loads of fun. Thanks to […]