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Residents Association MagazinearrowSummer 2003 - 15

BROADSTONE FIRST SCHOOL

Children have been pondering on plants!

In Reception, Year 2 and Year 4, things are starting to stir. The tiny dry seeds, looked at so closely and buried in the deep, damp soil have come to life. Each shoot that appears holds its own mystery and wonder. On the window ledges, in grow bags and tubs, young plants can be seen. Reception's sunflowers and runner beans are growing well but will they match the wonderful "Giant Beanstalk" draped over the 'Broadstone Garden Centre' for role-play activities? We must wait and see!

Year 2 have grown annuals and watched the fascinating development of broad bean roots.

In Year 4 tension mounted as the peppers seemed not to be germinating but then there was a gathering of shared delight as the first green tips popped through.

As new plants grow at school the children consider the role of their own garden in their lives. Not surprisingly, playing in the garden is a main activity, a chance to enjoy the space and freedom. Socialising at barbecues or relaxed meals is also enjoyed and in some gardens pets need a place to be. However, over half the children are actually involved in some way in helping in the gardens. Many plant out bulbs, seeds and bedding plants, others take a role in watering, sweeping and digging. Some even weed, dead-head or re-pot plants. Young green fingers are working away, getting a feel for the rewards of gardening.

The garden is seen as "a place of beauty", "a place for time on your own", and "a place to see nature close to your house."

Some children have their own areas to grow their choice of vegetables, fruits or flowers.

Amazing things flowers, such a range of shapes, sizes and colours, each special in it own way.

A Year 4 survey showed, roses to be the most popular flower closely followed by the bluebell. Why the rose?

They are "colourful", "smell nice", "hold memories" and " because of the way the water sits on the petal".

Other interesting thoughts are shown in quotes from the children contributing to the survey:

"Bluebells because of the way they droop."

"Sunflowers because when they die you get even more of them."

"Daisies because they are so common, you can pick them."

"Buddleia because it attracts butterflies."

"Iris because of its lovely lie back petals and the stamens stick out like a blowing trumpet."

Then there are the other wonders.

"Great oak, because they are amazing, how long they live." "Venus fly trap, because it feeds on insects." "The Mother In Law's Tongue, because it has a funny name and it looks unusual."

So growing and gardening is an interest passing down the generations, continuing to be a source of awe and wonder as the plants grow from seeds to flowers.

"Its like you are growing with it"

"Loads of questions flow into your head"

"Interesting and fascinating and I feel a bit proud when it is grown", "It feels like it's a rainy day and then it becomes a sunny day"

Future "Alan's" and "Charlie's"? I think so!

Daphne Hayward, P.S.H.C.E. Co-ordinator

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