There is nothing better than harvesting your own food that you have grown! All grades have been harvesting their crops that were planted in winter.
Grades 2's got to pick their strawberries that they grew in the Vegepod and what a crop it has been so far. Deliciously sweet and juicy strawberries were shared amongst the grade. They continue to care for their crop and look forward to many many many more yummy sweet organic strawberries.
Grade 3 and 4 spent an afternoon of harvesting their late winter crops with squeels of delight when pulling up carrots. Curly, bent and twisted the carrots were a favorite! Not to mention beetroots, lettuce, spring onions, broccoli, cauliflower and peas.
Students planted a sunflower seed & pea seed in a recycled coffee cup to take home and nurture. Kids are now seeing the effects of what water, warmth and air can do to a seed. It Grows! When growing food can be done at home in a small container, the message of growing your own food stays with them longer than just a class at school.
Maintaining their crops was done with pride and proved to be very successful with a great harvest of different types of foods. Students picked caterpillars from their brassica plants and even hatched a cabbage moth! They sang songs to their beetroots.
Once a week for 9 weeks, students learnt in the garden under the school's science curriculum. They learnt how to use tools safely, the life cycle of worms, life cycle of seeds, organic pest control, life cycle of cabbage moths, planting methods, companion planting and were tested at the end. Written by Growing Green Thumbs, the program was enjoyed by students and teachers.
As always a big thank you to Scotsburn Nursery for providing the school with seedlings! and the secret deliveries of seedlings that appear every term from a very special lady called 'nonna' !
Happy growing, harvesting and eating.
Term 2, the grade 5/6 students spent time in the garden learning about biological sciences. They tested the pH levels of the garden bed soil, learnt all about seeds life cycles, planted and experimented with what seeds need to germinate and recorded growth comparisons, designed and built tee-pea structures, investigated waste and composting, learned how to care for chickens, taste tested, picked and created their own pizza's and finished with an amazing excursion to Pure Peninsula Honey learning all about bees and honey production.
Grade 5/6 students have been having fun in the garden this term! They are actively involved in soil testing, planting food crops, building structures, learning about water waste, food waste and composting. Each student keeps a workbook that is detailed & provides great insight to a behind the scene look at their school garden. They are half way through their term and are really keen to learn more, grow more and play active roles in their school garden.
A visual diary of the garden at Bonbeach Primary School built by Growing Green Thumbs & many many little hands
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