The children have been visiting to local polytunnels this session, learning about growing vetetables and planting various things of their own. There was a slight hiatus in proceedings, however, when the first polytunnel was destroyed in the January gale. Undeterred, they have been back for a visit to the greenhouse and will be planting up some seeds in the school.
As a project it is valuable on many levels. Scientifically, the biological aspects of growth, chemical compositions and so forth; and of course from the health and wellbeing aspect it ties in to see food being produced. As a part of learning in the community, working with members of the community and getting out and about fits in perfectly with the concepts of oudoor learning that is seen to be so valuable. All in all, this is a very good example of true cross curricular learning.