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
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.
Food and Glory: #537 – Recognise that you can eat a lot of one type of food but not much of another.
Lower Key Stage 2
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.
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
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.
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