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Gardening Project Get Outdoors Year 5 Blog 2017-18

Friday 11th May – the garden post

Turner were back out in force today. The sun shone and we got to work.  Splitting up into our three groups we got to work in the poly tunnel, across the school site and in the garden.  Pots were topped up and watered; topsoil was transported across the site; seeds were planted, and we worked […]


Thursday 3rd May – work starts on the chicken enclosure

A really exciting day today as Sean started work on our large chicken enclosure.  We originally wanted them to roam free in the garden, but all the advice is that with Norfolk being a high risk area for Avian Flu, we need to ensure that our hens are properly protected.  The design for the enclosure […]


Thursday 26th April – Nelson Infant School visit

A class of Y2 children came to visit this afternoon as part of a school project. They did pond dipping, visited the garden, met the chickens and explored the Forest School area.  We look forward to welcoming the other class tomorrow afternoon.  Enjoy the gallery.


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 […]