Capital Growth, London's food growing network, has launched a new scheme to help pupils learn science, maths, and more about the environment through growing food.
The initial phase focuses on east London schools with the following schools selected: Halley Primary School, St Paul with St Luke CofE Primary School, St Elizabeth Catholic Primary School, Thomas Buxton Primary School, and William Patten Primary School. However, all schools that are members of Capital Growth can benefit from an online resource pack including lesson plans, worksheets and activities to run in their garden, and monthly tips on how to care for their plants.
The initiative will promote food related environmental issues in schools and encourage the use of gardens as outdoor classrooms for maths and science. The five selected schools will receive monthly on-site workshops from February until June, together with an inspirational visit to a working farm or garden. Additionally, teachers will attend training workshops at our Regents Park Allotment site, as well as one-to-one gardening advice.
The programme will culminate with the School Marketplace, where the participants will have the opportunity to sell their produce, preserves, and other school garden goodies in a festive setting and competition at the City Hall on Friday 13 July 2018.
Janelle Conn, Capital Growth Project Support Officer and workshop leader said, 'We want to encourage young people to value the food they grow, make them think about where their food comes from and what it took for it to get to their plates. And so we are really excited to be able to offer these workshops and resources to Primary schools across London, and look forward to getting stuck in!'
For more information, check out our Learning School Gardens.
The project is funded by the Ernest Cook Trust.
Capital Growth: The Capital Growth campaign, run by Sustain's London Food Link offers practical and financial support to communities around London to help more people grow more food, and to have greater access to land and growing spaces for community benefit. The Capital Bee project, part of Capital Growth, seeks pledges to promote bee-friendly behaviour, and supports establishment of community beehives.
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