Fiery Feet: Wednesdays – 15:20 – 16:45
Multi Skill: Wednesdays – 15:20 – 16:30
Earthworms: Fridays – 15:20 – 16:20
For many years now the Junior children have formed small groups which they chose to call “Earthworms” to help maintain the school gardens. Each group has given itself a name e.g. Wrigglers, Willow Monsters, Double Daisies. They volunteer for jobs as they arise. There is also a group of parents called “Adult Earthworms” who carry out the jobs which the children can’t do, like dragging the weed out of the pond, and heavy digging. This group is summoned every few weeks, usually at the weekend. Without these groups it would be impossible to keep the school grounds under control. We have strawberry beds, a herb garden, Year 6 garden, about 15 big blue planters, a lovely pond, vegetable plots, raised beds and other areas being re-developed. Children are encouraged to grow vegetables and flowers from seeds and bulbs from when they first come into Reception. There are also competitions where they try to grow the largest sunflower or heaviest marrow. The grounds are open to the general public on the village’s Garden Walkabout Day.
Groups of children volunteer to stay after school on Fridays to carry out tasks around the grounds. They take responsibility for clearing weeds and looking after what they are growing. If the weather is bad we do indoor jobs like putting potatoes in trays so that they can chit ready for planting. Recently we have planted pots of bulbs to sell and even designed new varieties of tulip!