Allotment, Orchard and CPS Animals
The school allotment is used by all the children during the year, as they help to plan, plant, nurture and harvest the various crops they choose to grow. For example, the season may begin with strawberries and then throughout the summer and early autumn there are potatoes, raspberries, runner beans, lettuce, courgettes and marrow, tomatoes, spring onions, garlic and so much more. The children enjoy their spoils and we have been known to hand over some of our harvest to our kitchen for lunch. We plant Christmas potatoes with the plan that our crop of vegetables plus our potatoes supplement our Christmas lunch each year.
As part of our Enrichment Programme, the children are Brilliant Botanists as they deep dive into Plant Science. The children consider our wild garden and how it compares with our cultivated allotments.
We have a mini apple orchard. This year we planted two more trees; the Claygate Pearmain Apple! We look forward to the future and what these apples will be like. At apple harvest we harvest the fruit and use them in science and DT…any spare are enjoyed by our animals!
Our hens live nearby in their lovely chicken run next to the allotment. Each class looks forward to their turn to look after them, making sure they have enough food and water each day and ensuring their coop and nest boxes are nice and clean. They also get to collect the eggs - sometimes as many as 60 per week! - and they can then decide what to do with them. Some classes cook with them, others take them home and either have them for breakfast or bake with them.
We also have 2 cute guinea pigs called Jammie and Nibbles, who are super fun and great to learn about caring for a pet.
“I love looking after our Guinea Pigs; they are so funny. I like to come for a cuddle sometimes.” Y2 child.