Monthly Archives: October 2016

The Gardening Club Returns 2016/17

Thank you to all the eager young gardeners signing up for gardening club again this year. Again we’ve been overwhelmed with interest so its been necessary to organise 4 groups throughout the year again to keep our groups to a safe number for these very practical sessions.

Gardening Team 1 – Term 2

Tuesday 8th November, 15th November, 22nd November, 29th November & 6th December at 3.15-4.15pm

Gardening Team 2 – Term 4

Tuesday 28th February (not the 14th as previously stated), 7th March, 14th March, 21st March & 28th March at 3.15-4.15pm

Gardening Team 3 – Term 5

Tuesday 25th April, 2nd May, 9th May, 16th May & 23rd May at 3.15-4.15pm

Gardening Team 4 – Term 6

Tuesday 13th June, 20th June, 27th June, 4th July & 11th July at 3.15-4.15pm

Children should bring outdoors clothing and strong shoes or wellingtons in a named bag.  Please note that the club will not be cancelled in wet weather as indoors Eco-schools activities will be organised.  Children will be released from 5CP (the classroom facing the garden at the back of the school).

It is the plan to welcome all club members and their families to our annual Garden Feast on Tuesday 18th July (3.15-4.15pm)  to celebrate the gardening year and all our hard work!

Please note this club is free but donations of spare plants, cuttings and seeds are always appreciated to help develop our school grounds.


Thank you for all those donating and buying our nearly new uniform – funds our flowers!

Is it possible to make a loaf of bread from school grown wheat? 

In theory the answer is yes!  In reality the seed wasn’t clean enough for us to want to try it out. We calculated by counting the average number of grains and the number of wheat ears in a squared metre we have calculated 6 loaves of bread! using our measurements we have calculated that 1 squared metre of wheat makes approximately 1 loaf of bread!

Year 6 were surprised to discover the answer to the question we’ve been researching all year.  This and many more questions were enthusiastically answered by Lincolnshire farmer Heather Atkinson.  We were all fascinated to learn more about the crops and satellite technology that is become increasingly important on many farms to grow the crops we eat every day.

Our wheat is now 14 days old. The different soils are showing signs of having an effect on the wheat’s height. We are wondering if the flowers will appear soon?

Making flour from clean farm wheat grains. We calculated that the average number of grains in 1 ear of our school wheat is 29.

Some of the products that are made from the crops that grow on Heather’s farm.

Some flour is ground in old fashioned ways- water and wind power

Learning about robots, drones and satellite navigation to help steer the machinery and spray the crops was amazing.

If planet Earth was an apple this small bite represents the proportion we depend on to grow all of our food!   This made us all realise how important it is to care for our soil and research new ways to grow future food for our increasing population.  Heather really has inspired lots of very interesting questions for us all to research and investigate next year!


Thank you to the NFU for our great goody bags!

New Science and Technology inspires our science investigations! 

We are all very grateful to Fay and Philip Johnson of Rectory farm (Eyebrook Wild Bird Feeds) and to Tom Shepherd, NFU Mutual Market Harborough, for all their advice and donation of seed last year to make our farming possible. Thanks too Mr Cutting who has been working round the clock lately to keep up with our increasing demand for more and more technology in our science lessons!  Thanks to a partnership award from The Royal Society last year we have been able to purchase new data loggers, an automatic weather station and a nature cam.

Measuring the temperature of our school wheat before its harvested!

Very enthusiastic year 1’s using a data logger to create a line graph to discover how loud they can clap!

The year 1’s were the first to use the data loggers and took to them like ducks to water when they were asked to investigate their school garden!
The year 5’s were equally keen and thought of their own investigations and worked well in teams to measure the light, sound and temperature of many places.

How dark is it in our cupboards?

What is the temperature in our bin?

Is our water a safe temperature Mr Oliver?

Spying on the birds…

We need to keep our bird table well stocked up!

Our motion sensor nature cam.

Exploring our apple and pear trees. Are they ready for picking yet?

Our weather monitor displays indoor and outdoor temperature and humidity and wind speed.

Have you seen our new weather station on the roof yet?

We need to use a rain guage to measure rainfall the traditional way

Does the type of soil have an effect on wheat growth?  Does our own Brambleside wheat seeds from the garden grow better than wheat from a farm?  Year 6 investigate …

Our 24 hour light bank to see if the life cycle of wheat is faster than in the field.  What is your prediction?

Thinking of our own investigations. Who will be the most imaginative? What would you like to find out about wheat?

Year 6 are using time lapse photography to observe their wheat growing to capture all the important stages in the wheat’s life cycle


Wheat seedlings only 6 days after sowing! Germination happened 4 days after sowing the seed.