Top Tips for School Gardens

Having a school garden is brilliant for so many reasons; watching how plants grow and develop and students having the opportunity to get outside and get their hands all grubby can be a great source of fun!

Since the RHS set up their RHS Campaign for School Gardening in 2007, 12,000 schools and educational institutions have signed up, which proves just how popular school gardens are!

Let’s take a little look at some of our top tips…

Design the Garden

It’s important to think about what kind of garden you’ll have and what’s going to be grown. As well as plants, this might include fruit and vegetables, which can help students learn more about the conditions they grow in and their nutritional value.

Using Senses

Learning outside of the classroom offers students the chance to learn in a different environment. This change offers new sights, smells and sounds and can help develop learning. You could ask your students to identify the different textures and smells of fruit and vegetables – a brilliant way to engage students’ learning!

Top Teamwork

School gardens are fab for encouraging students to work together as a team to achieve those gardening goals. To help inspire creativity among your students, why not try keeping a rota for all those essential gardening tasks?

Most importantly, have fun! Enjoy the rewards of a school garden and learn along the way.

To support students’ learning, we’ve some fab Science KS1 and KS2 Activities…

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

  • England: Year 2
  • Scotland: Early ***
  • Wales: Year 2
  • N. Ireland: P2

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

  • England: Year 6
  • Scotland: Second *
  • Wales: Year 5
  • N. Ireland: P6

Green Fingers – Name the parts of the flower and understand the different functions of each plant.

  • England: Year 5
  • Scotland: Second *
  • Wales: Year 5
  • N. Ireland: P6

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