At Higher Failsworth we are very lucky to have lots of outdoor spaces that can be used by the children.
We have raised beds, in our large garden area, that at present are used by Gardening Club to grow fruit and vegetables. A large poly tunnel which can double up as an extra teaching space, this also has raised beds as well as a long potting bench that a whole class can fit around. The poly tunnel is well equipped with tools for the children to use.
We also have a forest area which is currently being developed. This area is used for forest school activities as well as outdoor learning in literacy, numeracy, science and geography (and so much more!) The forest area has paths and hidden corners that the children can safely explore without going out of school grounds. We are working hard to create mini habitats for birds, bugs and other small creatures.
Mrs Yates and Mrs Arthur work hard to ensure that all year groups have the opportunity to use this resource by providing practical advice to all members of staff. Mrs Yates works closely with other teachers to plan activities that utilise all our outdoor areas across the curriculum.
Mrs Arthur works hard in implementing forest fun activities into the foundation stage planning and the children have set days that they go out into the forest area. Children in our foundation unit use the outdoors as part of their continuous provision every day.
Mrs Yates also runs an after school gardening club every Friday. Children who attend Gardening Club learn skills and techniques that will help them not only at school but also in the real world. We don’t just plant vegetables; we also grow flowers, look after plants prepare areas for planting as well as create areas for wildlife. We learn about where food comes from and why it is important to grow our own. Gardening club also look at the environment and garden in a way that is friendly to animals and insects.
Our plans for the future are to create a community garden based on the ‘Incredible Edible’ ethos and to engage not only our garden clubbers but the whole of school including parents and carers. Look out for future updates and meetings.
If you think you could spare a few hours on a Friday after school to help out at gardening club we would love to see you there. Ask Mrs Yates for details.
Please could all the children coming to Eco club bring their wellington boots and , ideally , an old pair of trousers to change into. Eco club are currently creating a keyhole composting system in 2 of the platers at the back of school. If anyone has any bamboo fencing they could donate to Eco club we would be very grateful.