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Why our garden makes us smile

Everyone knows I love being outside and I’m at my happiest in the garden. Today, I thought I’d tell you why I love it so much. I want to share my favourite flowers that are in my garden right now, as well as the benefits I get from gardening.
I have a few things flowering in the garden just now that make me smile;
My camellia, I love the vibrant colours and the fact the plant was a present from my mum.

Daffodils, I love their cheery yellow heads, so bright and happy. They always make me feel that winter is finally over.

My hellebore, known as a Christmas rose but mine never flower at Christmas. I love their delicate colours and the detail in each flower.

My apple tree, it’s not quite flowering but the buds are starting to appear. I love seeing these buds as it is a sign that new life is on the way.

So why do I do it?
Gardening reduces stress.
Evidence shows gardening reduces the levels of cortisol in the body.
Gardening boosts the immune system.
Evidence shows direct contact with dirt and plants boosts the body’s immune system.
Gardening is a workout.
3 hours of moderate gardening is equivalent to a 1 hour workout in the gym.
Gardening and friendly bacteria.
Soil contains a natural antidepressant that makes us feel happier.
Gardening promotes healthy eating.
If you grow your own vegetables you are more conscious of having a healthy diet.
Gardening helps your brain.
Daily gardening keeps your brain active.

Why don’t you do some gardening? Get out, if you can, look at the plants in the garden. Plant some things – apple seeds, tomato seeds, see what will grow. If you don’t have a garden, what about looking after houseplants or window boxes? Why not share your time exploring nature with our twitter @cartmillcentre so we can see what you have been up to.

“The flower that follows the sun, does so even on a cloudy day”

Love Val ❤️ 💐 🌳 🌈

Flower Letters

This week in the literacy area we have been continuing to explore letters in the world around us. The children were invited to create letter shapes using some beautiful spring flowers,

“I made a T with sticks.”

We also made an alphabet matching game to help us explore what letters sound like.

We hammered the nails into the wood.

We wrote the letters all by ourselves.

We chose the pictures for each letter and stuck them onto the wood.

Finally we could play our game!


Forest School Catch Up

Firstly I would like to apologise for the lack of posts from Forest School due to technical difficulties.   Secondly i hope you enjoy a look back on your children’s exciting experiences over the previous three weeks.

We have had experiences of:

Risk assessment – children have identified hazards from around the sites and we have discussed the actions we must take to keep ourselves and others safe.

Looking for wildlife – Children have been using the tools to search for mini beasts on our site, and fishing nets to look in the water. Children are then involved in discussions on how we respect the mini beasts and their habitats. 

Working with others in a team is something we leaders love to see at the forest.

Tree Climbing – Children have been exploring their capabilities when climbing trees, exploring measurement and developing their co-ordination, problem solving and balancing skills.

We have also had a band in the forest, Children are using resources from around our site to create sounds and are then performing these to their peers.

Some children started to build their own fire, firstly their insured their safety by creating a boundary around the fire. Secondly the children collected stick and built the fire. Lastly the children tried rubbing two stick together to make it light. Unfortunately this didn’t work however we will revisit this

Mud make-up – children have been creative using the pallets of mud make up that symbolises that they have been at forest school. Children have been proud of their make up and like to showcase this back at the centre and at home.

An interest in flowers sparked a beautiful transient art flower circle.

The children found fresh water shrimps that were so tiny we had to use our magnifiers to see them properly.


We also found a giant slug that we took back to the family centre to show our friends.

More Forest School photos this Friday!