Visit by Year 3 children from Ward End School to Northleigh Road Allotments
Children in Year 3 (7-8 year olds) at Ward End Primary School cover ‘Food Discovery’ as part of their curriculum – it involves learning where food comes from and how it’s grown. What better way to find out than to see for themselves how fruits and vegetables are produced, just 5 minutes’ walk from school!
In November and December this year, all 120 children had a chance to visit Northleigh Road Allotments, to find out what we get up to there and to get stuck in themselves. Led by one of the Year 3 teachers, Miss Rai, they had a look round some of the plots with David Read, who’s been on the site since 2014. Even though most of our harvesting for the year is finished, they could still see examples of fruit (strawberries, raspberries) and vegetables (peppers, tomatoes, sweetcorn, kale, spinach, cabbage). David also dug up some parsnips and Jerusalem artichokes, so they could see a root vegetable come out of the ground.
Back in the pavilion, Hester Blewitt (site rep and plotholder since 2014) had organised various things for the children to try out:
Planting seeds in pots to take home and grow on – carrots, spinach and flower seeds
Identifying and touching some of the vegetables grown on site this year
Smelling herbs used to flavour food dishes
Tasting soups and a cake made from vegetables grown at the site
Picking and weighing super-sized potatoes
We also had collections of seeds collected this year so some of the children took samples away with them to plant in the spring.
The 4 classes of 30 children each visited us on the 20th, 27th November and 4th December, welcomed by Mick Merrill, Chairman of Ward End Gardeners Association. He told them the site started 85 years ago at the same time as their school was built.
Now we’ve established the link – or rather re-established the link – between us and the school, we look forward to more contact in the future, so the next generation living locally will appreciate the value of the gardens, allotments and green spaces around them.