Summer 1 - Sow, Grow & Farm
D&T Companion Project: Eat the Seasons
What do Y5 already know and what do they want to know?
Sow, Grow & Farm
Companion Project: Eat the Seasons
Harlington Allotment Visit
On Thursday 22nd April 2021, Year 5 were lucky enough to be able to walk from school and visit the Harlington Allotments, to support their Sow, Grow and Farm topic. Lots of the plot owners volunteered to be there, to show us around and share all of their wonderful expertise. The children were split into 5 groups, working their way around 5 different allotments, along with it's owner. The children had the chance to see allotments in action, ask questions, plant sweet peas, see water collection on the allotments, see chickens and chicken food, pace out the size of the allotment, pick rhubarb, learn about 'no dig' allotments, and so much more! Some of them even had a sniff of some cow manure! Which surprisingly, no longer had any smell at all! It was an absolutely fantastic morning and the children learnt so much. It really made their allotment learning come to life. Every single one of the children and adults on the trip were buzzing with excitement upon returning to school. Especially as many of the allotment owners had very kindly donated us some of their plants and produce, to bring back and start growing in Walt's Wood at school.
We cannot thank the allotmenteers at Harlington Allotments enough for the time and effort they put into welcoming us. It was an amazing visit and we will certainly be back!
Walt's Wood Y5 Allotment
After visiting the Harlington Allotments, we returned to school with lots of plants, vegetables and seeds that the allotmenteers kindly donated to us. We had already prepped the tyres in Walt’s Wood, and so they were ready to add compost to and then plant in. We planted: peas, onions, parsnips, carrots, sweet peas, spinach, sweetcorn, radish, turnips, spring onion, baby lettuce, potatoes, different herbs, lettuce and salad leaves. For the sweat peas, we made a wigwam out of bamboo sticks, for them to grow and climb up. We will now continue to water and look after what we have planted. Inside, we have tomatoes and other sweat peas, which are not ready to go outside just yet.