Interpretation

Children across KS2 have been learning about various aspects of gardening:

Using water wisely

Companion planting

Gardening with nature

Crop rotation

Composting

Nutrients

They have created cartoons and text to help their fellow pupils understand the concepts.

A huge thank you to Ravensworth for their kind assistance and for making such an amazing job of printing out our signs!

 

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Kitchen Garden & African Keyhole Garden

We have been working hard to maintain our growing areas.

The African Keyhole Garden has an integrated compost basket in the centre. Nutrients from the composter (kept well watered) are flushed into the soil. These gardens are saving lives in Africa. You can find out more at the Send-A-Cow website.

We are growing beans, maize, chard, squashes, nasturtiums and marigolds. Nasturtiums and marigolds help to attract beneficial insects and repel harmful ones.

 

 

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Pond dipping

Y1 are the first Lakeside pupils to make use of the Wetland Project established in the summer/autumn of 2016.

The Wetland Project comprises of four easily accessible wildlife ponds, designed to make pond dipping possible for all pupils in the school.

We found newts, water snails, frogs, tadpoles and a wealth of pond insects.

 

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Designing a water feature

Y3 and Y4 have been investigating different kinds of water feature. They have studied cut-away diagrams of pond pumps to see how the water is forced around the feature. They have looked at how the water circulates.

” I have learnt how a pump forces water upwards.” Lewis

“I have found out about the different kinds of water features.” Rupert

“I enjoyed drawing the diagram.” Thomas

“I enjoyed looking at the different types of water features.” Louis

A Reflective Garden For Lakeside

We have been working hard to develop our outdoor spaces.

We haves places where we can grow and experiment with growing. We have places where we can get closer to and study wildlife. We have spaces where we can play sport. We have places where we can play imaginatively. We have places where we can tell stories.

At Lakeside we think it is important that every pupil has the chance to take part in the design, planning and building of our spaces. This is why the whole school is coming together to think about a new type of space – a Reflective Garden.

Our Reflective Garden will be a space where children can go as a class or in small groups to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday school life, to think, reflect on an aspect of their learning, or just be inspired by the beauty of the environment we have created together. It will be a garden that celebrates unity.

We are taking our first steps in the design of a space which will continue to evolve over time.

Every pupil from Y1 to Y6 has had a chance to select their favourite images of features from an extensive bank of ideas. The ‘Happy Africa Club’ have put together their own Mood Board.

We will keep you updated.

 

 

 

 

 

Creating our new Eco Codes

Eco Codes help us to tell the school and wider community what Eco schools at Lakeside is all about. As we are a large school, we have decided to have more than one- look out for them in a corridor near you!