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5 Reasons Why Your School Garden’s a Superhero

Does your school have a garden? They’re great for so many reasons! They give teachers and students a chance to watch how plants grow and develop, and are a fantastic way to get outside.

In fact, that’s exactly why we’ve put together reasons about why your school garden is a superhero! Take a look here.

You Can Learn About Plants

School gardens are great for encouraging students to learn more about plants, including vegetables and fruit if you grow them, and seeing how they develop and what conditions are needed. They’re also ideal for piquing a student’s interest in nature.

You Can Learn in a New Way

Although the classroom is a fantastic place to learn, it could become a little familiar. Using the garden as a place to teach offers a change of scenery, which can be great for instilling a new enthusiasm for learning.

You Can Learn About Nutrition

In the school garden, we can learn more about plants, but another thing we can learn about is nutrition and health. By growing vegetables and fruits, students are learning about these, which could improve their understanding of healthy foods.

You Can Use Teamwork

They’re also a great way to explore the benefits of working as a team, and how you can all work together to create something wonderful for all to enjoy!

You Can Practise Writing

You can also use the school garden as a way to encourage students to write, as you could task them with creating a journal of what’s going on in it.

 

Resources on Plants & Nutrition

We’ve pulled together some KS1 and KS2 EducationCity resources on plants and nutrition for you to use in your class alongside your activities in your school garden.

 

Key Stage 1

Topic Tool

Plant Parts: #1908 – Identify the parts of a plant: roots, stem, leaves, fruit and flowers.

Plant Processes: #1930 – Build a plant diagram to explore and describe the processes it is able to go through.

Activity

Food and Glory: #537 – Recognise that you can eat a lot of one type of food but not much of another.Parts of a Flower Science Learn Screen

 

Lower Key Stage 2

Learn Screens

Parts of a Flower: #20710 – Explore key vocabulary used when discussing parts of a flower and their functions.

Plant Functions: #19958 – Explore the functions of the main parts of the plant.

Activity

Flower Power: #543 – Identify the different parts of a plant.

Food and Glory: #573 – Recognise that you can eat a lot of one type of food but not much of another.

 

Upper Key Stage 2

Activity

Green Fingers: #574 – Name the parts of the flower and understand the different function of each part.

Meal or No Meal: 15045 – To consider the food groups needed for a healthy, balanced diet.

 

Ready to go and explore your school garden more? Tweet us to @EducationCity with updates of how your school garden is going!

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