Flora and Fauna @ Sudbourne
News from Pauline, Sudbourne Gardener
We have a ew greenhouse courtesy of the Windmill Cluster outdoor learning fund. It is currently full of seedlings sown by myself and the children. We have all kinds of flowers as well as beans, peas, lettuces, spinach, kohl rabí and basil. There are also tomatoes and chillies which are currently being looked after in my kitchen where I can keep a closer eye on them.
I have been working with 2 groups of years 5 and 6 children in the garden every Monday since the beginning of the summer term. We have been busy sowing seeds, transplanting seedlings, weeding, tidying up the beds and replanting the pots and containers around the school. After half term the after-school gardening club will resume on Mondays. The children really enjoy getting out of the classroom and working in the garden and I love passing on my knowledge to them.
With the prize money from the blooming Lambeth awards we bought a wormery which is full of happy worms making top class compost. They live in the greenhouse and seem to be thriving. The children (as do I) find them fascinating. I also bought a plum tree to be planted in the junior playground bed and scented plants and herbs for a sensory bed for the early years children. It contains thyme, lavender, sage, a highly scented climber, mint and more.
Sudbourne School are going to be taking part in a project called the Young Marketeers Programme run by School Food Matters. The premise of the programme is for students to grow vegetable which they and sell at Borough Market to raise money for the charity FareShare. Along the way they learn all about food surplus and the work that the FareShare does. Students benefit from a seed sowing workshop and learn how to be excellent salespeople, building enterprise skills, self-esteem, and confidence. This will be starting shortly and and the children will be selling the food they have grown in October.