The team aims to develop the Froebelian occupation of gardening to set up a sustainable gardening eco-schools project
The teachers at the school requested the project to have this focus because they wanted a more connected way to care for the school garden that was in line with Froebelian principles. Teachers at the school felt that they didn’t have the knowledge or expertise to feel confident to support children in growing successfully and understanding the growing process of the plants in the school garden.
Annan school has an excellent record of engaging with nature in the forest through their forest school programme which they have shared with other settings and aim to become a centre of excellence for gardening and ecology in the early years.
With this project the team plans to involve the local community in the project drawing upon their expertise, creating a herb garden, a growing space in a geodesic dome, and drawing in parents and community experts to share their expertise in growing organic vegetables and cooking with them as well as growing for sustainability.
The team aims to achieve a Silver Eco-schools award by introducing more sustainable and ecological practice. The project will have Froebelian principles at its heart. As well as focusing on help from the local community involving current and past parent body who are experts in the field of growing, ecology and biodiversity, it will be all active hands on learning. The project will develop children’s sense of unity, focusing on the seasonal nature of gardening and connectedness by integration of the gardening project into the wider curriculum. Throughout children will be empowered by using real tools. They will learn about the cycle of seeds to table, creating an edible garden and care of plants and seeds including seed storage. Children will be involved in soil management, learning how to make compost and control soil quality. They will learn about water supply and how to collect in water butts and care for their gardens. The project will also involve building a geodesic dome from scratch to replace the dilapidated and unsafe greenhouse we have currently.
Take a look at our pamphlet on Outdoor Play by Helen Tovey and our pamphlet on Cooking with Young Children by Anna Denton and Lucy Parker to know more about how to introduce children to the concepts of the seasonal nature of gardening and and to know more about how to introduce gardening into the wider curriculum for your settingLearn more