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Our market garden began it’s life here as the Learn and Grow Project, funded and run by Solent EBP. We thoroughly enjoyed Learn and Grow and hundreds of pupils were able to engage with redesigning the new sustainable plot at the front of our school inside the main Tickleford Drive entrance, which features a polytunnel, storage container, raised beds and rainwater harvesting system.

Students work on the plot throughout the year and learn how to run the allotment, with growing, watering, planting and harvesting but in addition we provide games, trips, nutritional awareness and a much greater focus on physical activity and healthy living.

We have grown:

Potatoes, Broad Beans, Peas, Fennel, Chard, Apples, Onions, Carrots, Shallots, Spring Onions, Cabbage, Raspberries, Blackberries, Strawberries, Red Currants, Black Currants and Gooseberries.

Pupils will have the opportunity to get involved with social responsibility projects like the ‘BIG Tidy Up’ learning about the aesthetics of keeping our local environment a pleasant place to live and learn whilst being physically active in doing so.

In September 2015 we visited Manor Farm Country Park to see a Victorian Farm in action. We hope to visit Staunton Park and the Sparsholt College Countryside Day this year providing all students with an insight to agriculture.

Learning Objectives:

1. To provide a starting point for young people who wish to begin developing their understanding of working in the outdoor environment with gardening, agricultural and horticultural processes.

2. To develop leadership skills that can be applied to a variety of agricultural and horticultural activities as well as contributing to pupil’s personal, social and physical development.

3. Students should be able to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding mainly through physical competence, demonstration and verbal response to questioning and will be assessed by ongoing lesson observation.

4. To gain an understanding of the history of farming and where food comes from – alongside the life cycle of plants and animals.

5. To gain an understanding of global food farming and the implications of our actions, environmental issues and to develop life skills which encourage responsible citizenship and sustainable living.

6. To have increased knowledge and skills to support a healthy and active lifestyle through alternative activities.

7. To develop a resilient approach to physical work outdoors.

8. Pupils will have the opportunity to visit a working farm to see larger scale operations underway in a real environment.