We are so lucky at Pooles Park to have our own organic allotment, wildlife pond and hen enclosure. Teachers are able to use this as a resource to teach pupils about growing plants, wild habitats, lifecycles and much more in science. An Environmental Tutor works with the children each week via lunchtime and after school clubs, as well as curriculum time, providing space and expertise to encourage the children to develop an appreciation of wildlife and growing plants.
The children, both in Foundation Stage and older, are often seen using their initiative to keep our garden areas tidy and watering plants during playtimes. We also have an Eco Team set up where children are responsible for particular jobs.
The learning that takes place beyond the classroom allows children to interact in different ways with each other and the environment, and all our children get the chance to use this space regularly. In the past we have won the London School Environmental Award for Islington and have been Islington in Bloom winner for three years running.
Please click here to read a Case Study published in the Wildlife Gardener’s Forum.
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