It’s hard to believe it’s the end of the Summer term already; what a whirlwind six months it has been. A remarkable amount has been achieved in a very short space of time and it’s all down to the unified commitment of parents and staff, inspired of course, by the children.
One of the highlights from this term was a fundraiser the children took part in to support childhood bereavement charity, Winston’s Wish. The charity’s ‘Wear Wellies Day’ reflects how children puddle jump through their grief, and wellies couldn’t have been more appropriate for the occasion, given the wet weather! The children enjoyed getting stuck in to various different activities ranging from maths-based topic work through to a scarecrow building competition. It was, as ever, impressive to see the amount of cross-curricular opportunities that were generated and hugely rewarding to see the children so engaged, and so enthusiastic, in their learning.
The pond has proved so popular that the final gardening club of term focused on making pond dipping nets, with a surprising amount of success! The children caught their very first newts, which created much excitement among the troops!
The water soaking system that class 2 designed and installed is working really well, with plenty of healthy-looking produce. The children have enjoyed digging up potatoes, picking peas, courgettes, lettuces and broad beans, not to mention the stunning sweet peas that smell as good as they look. Some of the children helped to make pea parcels and sweet pea posies, which they gave to their teachers as thank you gifts.
There is lots planned for the beginning of next term. The plastic bottle greenhouse is a priority, as is the completion of the large work table, which was kindly funded by a member of the local community. The fence for the pond is due to be completed at the end of August and the children will be helping to plant up road verges with trees supplied by the Woodland Trust. Further workshops with local community organisations are also due to take place, including a seed saving session.
With a new term, comes new teachers and new parents, who will all bring fresh ideas to this ever evolving space. Education, in the true sense of the word, is a team effort, with one common purpose in mind: to provide something better for the children. Big thanks must go to the local parish council, who have been extremely supportive of the all the good things the school strives to achieve on the allotment. Without their support, the children wouldn’t have been able to enjoy half the opportunities they’ve had. Wonderful memories have been made and we look forward to making many more.
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