Science – Gardening Club

This year we started a Gardening Club instead of having a Science Week as in previous years.

It has been a privilege to invite volunteers from Rushden Allotment Association to help us to set up and run a Gardening Club both in Rushden and in Wellingborough.  As an association, they have supported us by raising money and providing resources as well as providing the expert help of Sue and Sue in Rushden and Alison and Rachel in Wellingborough.  It is thanks to these ladies that every child has experienced being in the garden this term, and we have allotment areas and flower beds around the school which are looking well cared for. Thank you so much for your time and energy.

The Ernest Cook Trust were kind enough to award a grant of £400, which paid for planters for the front of Rushden School, and storage for the allotments at Wellingborough.

The recycling centres at Rushden and Wellingborough also supported us by donating 20 bags of compost.

We also had so many generous donations from parents.   Thank you.

We have been working in partnership with The Green Patch in Kettering, a community allotment group; funding from Anglian Water, as well as donations from parents have enabled every class in the school to visit, to take part in activities and to enjoy the freedom of this beautiful natural place.

Thank you to Nigel and Sue and their team for making this possible.

Some highlights have been hearing about a child who enjoyed picking up all the chickens one by one; a child who was tired from so much walking and went to find a place to rest in the summer house; seeing children enjoying playing in the mud kitchen; a child who decided that it wasn’t enough to put her feet in the paddling pool so she put her whole self in; children trying to find the other cat to stroke and lastly, a whole class who went out together for the first time. That’s before we mention smelling and tasting herbs, planting and making a bag!

In addition to all of this amazing science, we have had visits and lessons from Sam Mallet from Wrenn Academy and visits from Anglian Water.

Thank you to all who have made this project possible.