Our 5th Grow your own grub Gold award.
Spring in our school garden
Our greenhouse donated to the school garden by Mr Spencer.
13th of March, frog spawn in the pond!
On Monday 27th March we noticed the frog spawn had developed into tadpoles!
In the Spring the children worked very hard tidying the garden and trying to keep down the weeds.
Planned projects for the Spring were:
installing new planters around the school as part of the Food for Life project,
sunflower growing competition,
work towards Level 4 and the Level 5 RHS Campaign for school gardens.
What we achieved:
woven panels were used as low fence structures in the fruit garden,
we achieved another Gold medal in the Grow-your-own Grub competition,
planters have been installed in each playground,
sunflowers were grown by our Year 5s,
Level 4 and Level 5 RHS Award was achieved.
There were lots of frogs in the pond followed by lots of clumps of frog spawn.
After returning from Easter break, we found on Monday the 11th of April, that our frog spawn had now become wonderful little tadpoles.
Summer in the school garden
In the summer we had a garden full of fruit, veg' and flowers.
Our sponsered Hedgehogs and plans for more wildlife gardening.
We were successful in completing our project, raising enough money to sponsor these 7 hedgehogs and then being awarded our RHS Level 5. The story was then covered in the Leicester Mercury. This was seen by Mr Wilton who contacted the school to share his interest in wildlife gardening. He very kindly made and donated a bird table, bird boxes, an insect hotel and a hedgehog house to our school garden. Thank you Mr Wilton.
All the cooking apples grown in the school gardens were used to make apple crumble for lunch in September. Thank you to City Catering and all the kitchen staff at Dovelands for supporting our Year 5s who helped prepare that pudding.
In Autumn we harvested the sweetcorn that had been growing in the school garden all over the summer.
We were also busy drawing sweetcorn pictures to decorate the outdoor classroom.
We invited pupils, friends and family to come and grab rocket salad seeds and radish seeds from the edible planter in the KS2 playground to grow at home.
Autumn is a time to start thinking about looking after our garden birds. Some of our eating apples and seeds saved from the sunflowers were combined to create these wonderful bird feeders. Well done to our Year 3s for being this creative with our garden resources.
Leaf mould is extraordinary stuff. On the surface, it’s just rotten leaves – high in carbon, low in pretty much everything else, but if you apply it to your hard clay soil, leaf mould will help break it down; it will also bind thin, loose soils and help to lock in moisture. Leaf mould is really useful stuff and it is free!
How to make you own leaf mould:
- Rake and collect the leaves that have fallen from trees in the Autumn,
- Fill big plastic bags with all the leaves, making sure they are damp,
- Next, sit on the bags to compress the leaves,
- Load up all your bags into an enclosed area,
- Wait about 12 months
- Finally, spread it on your planting areas and let the earthworms pull it into your soil.
Mini clay hedgehogs.
The children made these to sell for 50p. We raised enough money to sponsor 7 rescued hedgehogs.
Pictures of our hedgehogs can be seen on this page.
Last winter our focus was the plight of the hedgehog.
Our aims were:
- raise awareness how to protect and support our hedgehog population,
- make the school garden hedgehog friendly,
- raise funds to sponsor a hedgehog for Dovelands school.
We created pictures, postcards, posters and clay models whilst learning about these lovely creatures.
We also achieved the RHS Level 5 Award also through completing this project.
Well done everyone.
Other things we have done in the garden:
Rocket Science Experiment
RHS Rocket Science Experiment has launched at Dovelands.
Photographs taken by local astronomer Tim. Thanks to him for the loan of the telescope with solar filter and allowing us to publish photos.