It takes a lot of hard work, people and processes to make a school a healthy and stable environment for learning.
The head teacher at Oldfield Primary School took a leading role in getting her pupils to start eating healthier by giving them a hands-on experience of growing and caring for their own food.
The Plot to Plot project came to life when volunteers took time out to clear a corner of the school’s playing field and build-in some raised beds. The school approached the local ward forum and asked their local councillors to help support the project. They were given £1,000 to help towards the cost of the project which they spent on tools and a garden shed.
The school encouraged the kids to learn more about how to care for their environment and the living things around them by including it in their classroom learning. They also got to spend some of their lesson time outside, working on the plot. Children of all ages got to help plant, label and grow fresh vegetables and herbs while learning about the science of growing food.
Elizabeth Savage, head teacher at the school, said: “By getting the children, teachers and community enthusiastic about the project we hope the plot will be a long lasting project of great benefit.”