Rachel Borrows, School Horticulturist, has begun working with the children to promote sustainable garden practice and provide an appreciation of our school’s biodiversity.
9th July 2021
2nd July 2021
This week Years 3, 4 and 5 have been busy designing their own bee friendly gardens for Radio 2’s Big Bee Challenge competition. The winning design will be made into a real garden and installed at an NHS Trust site to be enjoyed by children at the hospital. The children have learnt about what bees need from a garden (food, water and shelter) and have visited the different garden areas at Vinehall for ideas and inspiration.
The Year 8s have been making labels for the apple trees that they planted earlier in the year, to commemorate their time at Vinehall. Many thanks to Ollie Dorman for helping them to complete their designs. The orchard is looking lovely at the moment with the grasses and wild flowers being left to grow and flower, attracting many bees and butterflies!
25th June 2021
18th June 2021
Everything has been growing well in the Vinehall gardens this week thanks to the warm weather and rain. The runner beans that the Year 1s planted in the Pre-Prep garden have germinated already; Year 5’s peas in the De Beer garden have some promising looking pods on them; and our new vegetable beds received their first plants which the children have grown themselves from seed – the Year 3’s pumpkins and the Year 4’s sweetcorn.
The Pre-Prep enjoyed their first harvest of radishes! Like Maisie Monkey, they were all very good at trying something new by tasting them. There was a mixed response, with some children not convinced, but others ate lots.
11th June 2021
21st May 2021
This week there has been a lot of horticultural activity in our courtyard garden. Year 5’s peas have been given some twiggy supports to climb up as they are growing nice and strongly now. Our first tender crops, the dwarf green beans that 5F sowed back in March, have been planted out and, because they were sown in biodegradable newspaper pots that we made, we were able to plant them pot and all!
To complement the drought tolerant Mediterranean herbs that were planted a few weeks ago, we now also have some herbs that prefer slightly damper, cooler conditions such as mint and parsley growing happily in their separate bed. And finally the Year 3s took part in the Open Week activity, focussing on sustainable horticulture by planting up a pollinator bed consisting of drought tolerant perennials. They learnt about the different adaptations that flowers have to suit different types of pollinators, and that therefore it is important to grow a variety of flower shapes and forms to support as many different pollinating insects as possible.
14th May 2021
Now that the weather has warmed up a bit, the Pre-Prep have been busy sowing some vegetables that are quick to mature, such as radishes and lettuce, so that we can hopefully harvest them before the end of term. We were very excited to see that already some seedlings are starting to appear!
7th May 2021
30th April 2021
This week the children have been learning about the adaptations of drought tolerant plants, and how to identify some of the flora and fauna found within the school grounds.
Identifying trees by their leaves
The children used an identification wheel to compare leaf shapes and identify some of the many species of trees in the Vinehall grounds.
The Year 4 children visited the Vinehall pond armed with nets and buckets to see what they could find.
Filling the fixed beds in the newly refurbished De Beer garden was the perfect opportunity for the children to smell, taste and touch different herbs.